US Suspends All Non-Immigrant Visa Services In Turkey

On Friday, we reported that in a move that looks suspiciously like retaliation, Turkish police on Wednesday arrested a local employee of the US embassy in Istanbul and charged him with espionage and trying to overthrow the government. The arrest stemmed from the man’s alleged support for Erdogan's scapegoat for "fill-in-the-blank", US-based Cleric Fettulah Gulen, who was blamed for 2016's fake coup attempt and pretty much everything else that's wrong in Turkey.

Predictably, the US government slammed the crackdown, with embassy officials telling the WSJ that “these allegations are wholly without merit" adding that “baseless, anonymous allegations against our employees undermine and devalue this longstanding partnership."

And, in a move that suspiciously looks like retaliation to Turkey's earlier retaliation, on Sunday afternoon the U.S. Embassy in Turkey said in statement on its official twitter account that "recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel" and as a result "in order to minimize the number of visitors to our Embassy and Consulates while this assessment proceeds, effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. "

Until this latest, and most severe deterioration in relations, the American embassy had repeatedly railed against unsubstantiated claims made against Washington in the pro-Erdogan press, including of a US hand in the failed coup which the United States has always denied.

Just like in the Kremlin, Turkish officials had expressed hope of a new page in Ankara-Washington relations under US President Donald Trump. But ties strained after members of Erdogan’s security detail were indicted by US authorities after beating up protesters during an official visit by Erdogan earlier this year. Meanwhile American pastor Andrew Brunson, who ran a church in the western city of Izmir, has been held by Turkish authorities since October 2016 on charges of being a member of Gulen’s group. Erdogan suggested last month that Turkey could release him in exchange for Gulen but Washington showed little interest in the proposal.

The US embassy said that the United States will “continue to engage” with Ankara to ensure its employees and US citizens are accorded “due legal process.”

Comments

There Oct 8, 2017 6:06 PM Permalink

First Turkey. They noticed that America is being run by incompetent boobs and acted from a position of national strength.Others countries will follow.

Thordoom Oct 8, 2017 3:16 PM Permalink

I am loving it how US is isolating itself. What did you expect from Turks when you are arming Kurds. That is defacto like declaring  that you wish to carve a large portion of their country away from them. Your failed idiotic policies , absolute disregard  toward your vesels  needs means they are running away from you.All you acomplished with your Middle eastern  adventures was Iran and Iraq becomming partners, KSA  bowing to Putin for the first time, Quatar getting in bed with Iran, Turkey becomming big energy hub for Russia, turning Europe into hotbed of terrorism( well lets be honest those stupid twats are responsible for that as much as US with their utter stupidity) and the most importantly with your beautiful sanctions allowing Russia to speed up their diversification of economy away from oil and gas. Truly amazing work.And you accomplished this beauty with 20+ trillion $$ debt .

AriusArmenian Thordoom Oct 8, 2017 3:58 PM Permalink

Yes, it's amazing how the US keeps pushing harder and harder to make the same mistakes again and again.The sooner the US is defeated, neutralized, or exhausted, the better for the world.The end of the US Empire of Insanity can't end soon enough.Then the American people just might have a chance to resurrect the republic.

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Brazen Heist Latitude25 Oct 8, 2017 3:54 PM Permalink

Bargaining chips. They'll close them until they are certain NATO is against their long term interests - and that's where things are headed.I'm almost 99% sure the people who shot down the Russian plane, assassinated the Russian ambassador and instigated the coup are from NATO countries or pro-NATO Gulenists within Turkey. The Su-24 was shot down just after Turkey and Russia signed Turkish Stream gas pipeline. One month later Karlov was assassinatd. Somebody ((((NATO))) fears closer Turkish-Russian cooperation. Then there was the coup  and the arming of the Kurds. That was almost the final straw for Erdogan to turn his head East. The West are running off old tricks, and now Iran, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Qatar even Saudis to some extent are sensing what the West and their Zionists really are - enemies to peace and security in the Middle East.

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OliverAnd Brazen Heist Oct 8, 2017 9:20 PM Permalink

If you knew any history you would know that the only threat to the Middle East is Turkey; known back then as the Ottoman Empire.  You should catch up on your history and learn at least about the Assyrians and how the Turks with the help of the Kurds vanished that civilization.  If you have free time learn about all the other ethnicities they tried doing the same.  Imagine today the Germans having pictures of Hitler in all public areas worshipping him as the hero of their nation;  absurd but the Turks to this day have pictures of Kemal Ataturk in most public places... and he killed more than Hitler.  Syria?  Syria was pushed into a civil war because of Turkey funding rebels and terrorists.  Today Turkey just invaded northern Syria with the aid of another branch of Al Qaeda.

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HenryHall Oct 8, 2017 3:09 PM Permalink

> Who else in the Middle East maintains good relations with Israel, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Iraq, Egypy, Qatar....because America certainly can't. It's Russia of course.And how does Russia achieve that?By being open with people is how. No hidden agendas. US will never ever copy that.

Maestro Maestro Oct 8, 2017 3:05 PM Permalink

Fuck the Israelis and fuck the Americans, Erdogan.

I don't know what your actual understanding with them is, but you would not be acting in your or your country's interests any longer by accommodating the Americans in any shape or form.

Erdogan,

If you don't kick the pieces of shit AMERICANS out of the Incirlik airbase NOW, I cannot take anything you say at face value.

And neither will anybody else, including your "great friends" the Americans and their idols, the Jews and the Freemasons.

I'm tired of telling you the same shit over and over again.

Nothing personal. Only reality.

Volkodav Latitude25 Oct 8, 2017 3:38 PM Permalink

     if someone told that Iranian Intellignce learned of planned coup,     that Erdogan had been personally targeted,     contacted info to Russia, which alerted Erdogan near too late, his flight     approached by two fighter aircraft of coup control, which then found     themselves painted by Russian radar, backed away and ran,     would you believe such?  or does sound fiction?     which is more interested, fiction or truth? 

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OliverAnd Volkodav Oct 8, 2017 9:27 PM Permalink

A loud bird told me that the Russians now a days have allied with the Turks because they didn't get enough Turkish 'sausage' during the Ottoman Empire.  The Russian Christian Orthodox church and its followers are all becoming Muslims in order to honor their allies from Turkey and Iran.  The Turks of Chechnya are ecstatic.

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Brazen Heist Oct 8, 2017 3:04 PM Permalink

"recent events have forced the United States Government to reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel" Translation: The Turks don't seem to like our imperial presence on their soil, nor our arming of the Kurds next door.Which seems fair if you ask me. Time to unwind the empire, all those imperial bases are a huge waste of money, doing the bidding of Zionists and military racketeers bent on full spectrum megalomania. What for? Who in the 99% fucking cares. Better focus resources at home. America just doesn't understand the Middle East, it simply isn't good at it; doesn't "get it". Enough evidence has accumulated to support this fact.Putin can do what America hasn't been able to do in decades, in a matter of months.Who else in the Middle East maintains good relations with Israel, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Iraq, Egypt, Qatar....because America certainly can't. It's Russia of course. The US might want to learn a few tricks off Putin, rather than fall for cheap fucking propaganda on the level of first graders, and call him names.Russia "gets it", they have a good policy plus without all the stupid trash talk. This is pragmatism that can deliver peace, cooperation and security in the Middle East. America can't.

TeethVillage88s Oct 8, 2017 2:48 PM Permalink

Well Turkey tortured some folks to get the truth... is there doubt?

"... claims made against Washington in the pro-Erdogan press, including of a US hand in the failed coup which the United States has always denied".

Son of Captain Nemo Oct 8, 2017 2:35 PM Permalink

We'll know Turkey and Saudi Arabia are "LEGIT" when they tell Yankee Jewdle to pack his bags and all that 65 years of accumulated "hardware" (pointed in every direction) for home, making it both public and personal "not to let the door hit that fat lard ass" on the way out!

HenryHall pynky01 Oct 8, 2017 2:37 PM Permalink

Ataturk's Turkey is history. Turkey is now a de facto Muslim country - so of course it can't be trusted - that much is obvious.Turkey is still useful however. And, until now, available.The big question is - How will Turkey retaliate? Perhaps by expelling all non-immigrant Americans from Turkey.

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