Attack on U.S. sailors by Turkish mob caught on tape

Attack on U.S. sailors by Turkish mob caught on tape
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Three U.S. sailors on leave in Istanbul, Turkey, were attacked by around 20 people Wednesday in an act the American embassy called "appalling."

The incident was filmed and posted online, with the video showing the group of men throwing objects at the sailors and then chasing after them, with one saying, "We define you as murderers, as killers... and we want you to get our of our land." The Washington Post reports that the Turks claim to be members of the Turkey Youth Union, which does not want Turkey to become part of the European Union or ally with the United States.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.