Five Americans banned from visiting Turkey on orders of Erdogan

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Five Americans banned from visiting Turkey on orders of Erdogan

Related Article: US trying to ‘compromise’ with Iran over Syria, Turkish President Erdogan says

Thursday night at 9:00pm EST, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass was banned from the country by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Several other Americans were also ordered to leave the country within seven days.

Obama appointee John Bass had been sent to the former enemy on behalf of the Trump administration, along with 11 other non-diplomats. The Inquisitr reported earlier this month that the U.S. State Department was hoping to put U.S. diplomats in Turkey back on the payroll. Ambassador Bass is a former career diplomat and a 16-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

They are banned for the following reasons:

Part of the travel ban has been tied to U.S. Embassy personnel’s plans to lobby on behalf of jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried on terror charges in Turkey after being arrested in October 2016. Pastor Brunson, a U.S. evangelical Christian who has been in Turkey for two decades, is not allowed to speak publicly and has been denied contact with his family and attorneys.

Turkey’s national security services, which includes the secret police and police, has reportedly organized and coordinated a barrage of phone calls and social media messages that accused U.S. ambassadors of “conspiring” with one another and “shamelessly” seeking to bring down Erdogan’s government.

According to the Turkish government, Erdogan says he has given orders to block all those who he says are supporting him and trying to undermine the government and “capture” Turkey’s security forces and air force.

Erdogan also lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. While speaking to reporters, he said Pompeo “has decided to incur the wrath of the Turkish government and carry out an operation in our country under the pretext of a visit to a village of prisoners”, as the state broadcaster TRT reported.

Pompeo has denied that he is doing anything wrong and in fact has said they are “making progress” in efforts to secure Brunson’s release, provided that there is a “concrete, specific plan” and evidence of any involvement by Turkey, which has been deemed to be a threat to regional stability.

The Turkish national intelligence service was also banned from traveling to the United States under the travel ban. In 2016, Russia accused Turkey of orchestrating the illegal detainment of an American National, Paul Klebnikov, an aviation analyst for media organization Interfax, inside an Istanbul airport. Turkish prosecutors accused Klebnikov of having links to militants in Syria and others in ISIS. Klebnikov, the Russian newspaper charged, was accused of cooperating with Russia’s national security services to gather information on Turkey’s social and economic affairs as well as on Turkey’s relationship with Israel.

Mike Levine, a legal commentator, attorney and former securities analyst, has been covering ISIS and terrorism as well as other international and business issues since the mid-1990s for many media outlets including Fox News.

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