- The Washington Times
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thirteen Turkish nationalists have been charged for last month’s attack on three U.S. sailors on liberty in Istanbul.

The men accused of throwing a bag over one American’s head while screaming “Yankee, go home!” and “We want you out of our land!” face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted of causing insult and injury and violating protest laws.

Members of the Turkish Youth Union could serve up to a decade in prison if convicted of the Nov. 12 attack, according to an indictment published Thursday, Reuters reported.

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that all guilty parties will “pay the price” Reuters reported.

The Turkish Youth Union said at a news conference that it would continue to fight against “American imperialism even if [our members] were jailed for a hundred years,” according to Reuters.

There are roughly 2,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Turkey. Most operate out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.

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