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Spat with U.S.: Turkey and the U.S. were locked in an es­ca­lat­ing diplo­matic row this week fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a Turk­ish na­tional em­ployed at the U.S. con­sulate in Is­tan­bul. Metin Topuz, who works in an of­fice that strength­ens se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the U.S. and Turkey, was de­tained last week on ter­ror­ism charges for al­leged links to U.S.-based Turk­ish cleric Fethul­lah Gulen—whom Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan blames for plot­ting last year’s failed coup. The U.S. re­sponded by sus­pend­ing non–im­mi­grant visa ser­vices in Turkey. Ankara re­tal­i­ated by do­ing the same for Amer­i­cans, and Er­do­gan said the ar­rest of the con­sular worker showed “there is some­thing cook­ing in the U.S. con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.”


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