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

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.

The Navy released a statement, saying the sailors were able to get back to the USS Ross without sustaining injuries, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wrote on Facebook that police already have suspects in custody. --Catherine Garcia