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Authorities today released 12 members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB) who were arrested for assaulting three US sailors yesterday in Istanbul. The US Navy, Turkish national police, and the US Embassy are working together to investigate the incident. Authorities have arrested 386 people in connection with protests in early October against the Islamic State's attack on Kobane and the Turkish response to it. Turkish and American officials met in Ankara to discuss the training and equipping of Syrian rebels.
Three American sailors from a NATO ship docked in Eminönü were assaulted by members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB), who put sacks over the sailors' heads, threw dye on them, and called the US troops "murderers" in a video of the incident released by the group. The US Embassy called the incident "appalling." The Foreign Ministry denied reports that the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq was hit by coalition airstrikes yesterday; Turkey has refused to respond to allegations that the consulate has been used as an Islamic State headquarters since the group took it over in June. A journalist who had criticized an official of the Islamist AK party in Yozgat was beaten with iron rods by unnamed assailants. At least 63 people have been killed in a wave of unsolved murders in eastern Turkey over the past three months.
Turkish authorities claimed that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was responsible for the murder of three Turkish soldiers in Hakkari on Oct. 25, but the PKK denied responsibility. A Turkish officer was shot by masked men in Diyarbakır. An estimated 50 to 150 Free Syrian Army soldiers crossed over from Turkey into Syria to assist Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in Kobane. A convoy of Peshmerga fighters en route to Syria was greeted by welcoming crowds in Mardin.