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Intel: How the release of a US pastor improves Turkey’s standing with Trump

U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson arrives home after his trial in Izmir, Turkey October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal - RC1D4B6E7FD0

A Turkish court ordered the release of a US citizen today, giving President Donald Trump a victory to tout ahead of congressional elections in November. Although the court convicted evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson on charges of aiding multiple terrorist organizations, it sentenced him to time served, paving the way for his return home.

“PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!” Trump tweeted in response to the news.

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