Germany Freed Its Citizens In Turkey. So Why Is American Pastor Andrew Brunson Rotting In A Turkish Prison?

op-ed | Emrullah Uslu
Shutterstock/Filip Bjorkman, AFP/Getty Images/STR

Because of Erdogan’s hostage diplomacy, Turkey has become a trap for foreigners

North Carolina Pastor Starts Trial In Turkey. Here's Why That Matters

World | Joshua Gill
Andrew Brunson, an American pastor held in Turkey for one and a half years in a case that further strained relations between Ankara and Washington, is to go on trial on April 16 on terror-related charges. Brunson, who ran a church in the western city of Izmir, was detained by the Turkish authorities in October 2016 and then remanded in custody. He is charged in the indictment with carrying out activities on behalf of the group led by preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says masterminded the failed coup in 2016, and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Both are banned by Turkey as terror groups. / AFP PHOTO / DHA / STR / Turkey OUT (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

‘I am a Christian pastor. I did not join an Islamic movement’

An American Pastor Is Staring Down Life In A Turkish Prison

World | Joshua Gill
Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, U.S. who has been in jail in Turkey since December 2016, is seen in this undated picture taken in Izmir, Turkey. Depo Photos via REUTERS

‘Ankara sees Brunson as a hostage’

Trump's 'Lengthy Conversation' At Mar-A-Lago Is Raising All Kinds Of Eyebrows

Politics | Chuck Ross
U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn boards Air Force One at West Palm Beach International airport in West Palm Beach, Florida U.S., February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTSYDJN

Ex-CIA Director James Woolsey was at Mar-a-Lago

Turkey Denies Plot To Kidnap Muslim Cleric From US

US | Joshua Gill
U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 10, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

‘Ludicrous and groundless’

Report: Mueller Investigating Michael Flynn Over $15 Million Kidnapping Plot

US | Chuck Ross
U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn boards Air Force One at West Palm Beach International airport in West Palm Beach, Florida U.S., February 12, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria - RTSYDJN

Flynn met with Turkish officials in December

Mueller's Michael Flynn Investigation Is Heating Up

US | Chuck Ross
GRAND JUNCTION, CO - OCTOBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) jokes with retired Gen. Michael Flynn as they speak at a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Special Counsel is focusing on Flynn's Turkish lobbying

State Deptartment Gives Erdogan The Middle Finger -- Details...

US | Chuck Ross
'Can't imagine we would go down that road'

Erdogan Admits That He's Using Jailed American Pastor As Bargaining Chip Against US

US | Chuck Ross
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens to an interpreter as US President Donald Trump makes a statement for the press a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Andrew Brunson has been jailed for nearly a year

Erdogan Marks Anniversary Of Coup Attempt By Firing Thousands Of Employees

World | Jacob Bojesson
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

150,000 dismissals in one year

American Pastor Unjustly Jailed In Turkey As Political Pawn

World | Joshua Gill
Turkish President Erdogan speaks during a Youth and Sports Day event at the Presidential Palace in Ankara

‘Ankara sees Brunson as a hostage’

Trump's Pick For EU Ambassador Sides With Turkey On Imam's Extradition

Video | Chuck Ross

Says cleric ‘was accused of being linked to the Clinton Foundation’

Report: Turkey Uses Imams Abroad To Spy On Opponents

World | Jacob Bojesson
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, February 8, 2017. Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Targeting opponents abroad

Gulen Suggests Turkish Government Could Have Been Behind Assassination

Video | Chuck Ross

Says Turks could ‘facilitate other assassinations’

Report: Turkey's Foreign Minister Ties US-Based Imam To Assassination Of Russian Ambassador

World | Chuck Ross
U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Tells John Kerry that assassin was follower of Fethullah Gulen

What Has Strained U.S.-Turkey Relations And What Needs To Be Done

Opinion | Gen. Ilker Basbug

It’s time for the two countries to work together to resolve global issues.

Trump's Top Military Adviser Is Lobbying For Obscure Company With Ties To Turkish Government

US | Chuck Ross
Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats" in Washington February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn recently praised Turkey’s leader

Debunking The Gulen-Erdogan Relationship

Opinion | Hakan Yesilova

Fethullah Gülen is not Erdoğan’s biggest threat, nor was he ever his chief ally.

Emails Show Ties Between Hillary Clinton And Followers Of Controversial Turkish Cleric

Politics | Chuck Ross

Gulen follower thanked Clinton for ‘converting’ Turks to Democratic party

Turkey Releases 38,000 Criminals To Make Room For Coup Supporters

World | Jacob Bojesson
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

35,000 detained in one month