A group of nationalist Turkish youths today (November 12, 2014) attacked three visiting U.S. sailors in Istanbul, trying to force sacks on their heads in an assault angrily condemned by the U.S. government, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.
Several dozen members of the nationalist youth group Turkiye Genclik Birligi (Turkish Youth Union) attacked the sailors in the Eminonu district on the Istanbul waterfront -- a popular tourist hub -- shouting "Yankee Go Home" and "Down with US Imperialism."
The youth group tried to force white hoods onto the heads of the sailors -- a reference to an incident from the 2003 Iraq war that outraged many in Turkey when U.S. forces in northern Iraq arrested a group of Turkish soldiers, forced hoods on their heads, and held them for three days.
The sailors were from the USS Ross guided missile destroyer, which was moored in Istanbul after returning from military exercises in the Black Sea, U.S. officials said. According to NTV television, 12 people were arrested for the attack.