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Turkish protesters rough up US sailors in Istanbul


 Three U.S. Navy sailors are safely back aboard a guided missile destroyer docked in Istanbul, Turkey -- after they were roughed up by about 10 anti-American protesters on shore.

   A spokesman for U.S. European command says the sailors weren't hurt. He says shore leave for sailors has been canceled for the rest of the day.

   The protesters shouted, "Yankee go home!" as they threw read paint at the sailors, and briefly succeeded in putting white sacks over their heads. They said the Americans were killers and that they should leave Turkey.

   A spokesman for the protest group denounced what he called "American imperialism" that he said had turned the Middle East into "a chamber of fire."

   Anti-American sentiment in Turkey isn't widespread, but some Turks accuse the U.S. of meddling in regional affairs.

   A Turkish news agency says police have detained 12 people in connection with the incident.

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