An American pastor Monday went on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges after spending the last one-and-a-half years behind bars, in a case that has increased friction between Ankara and Washington. Relations are already tense over American backing for a Kurdish militia in Syria despised by Ankara and the jailing of two employees at American missions in Turkey. In September last year, Erdogan suggested that Turkey could free Brunson if Washington handed over Gulen, raising the idea of a swap deal. The idea was brushed off by the United States. Evangelical pastor Brunson was initially detained along with his wife Norine although she was released in December 2016.
Source: Egypt Independent April 16, 2018 07:30 UTC