>> Tension escalating in a brewing diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the US. Off debate, the NATO allies suspended visa services in a tit for tat fallouts. The US mission to Turkey on Sunday suspended all non-immigrant services following the arrest of the US consulate employee in Istanbul on Wednesday.
He's accused of links to Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who the Turkish government blames for last year's failed coup. The self-exiled Islamic preacher lives in Pennsylvania. His extradition to Turkey has been sought to little avail. In retaliation for the US visa cutback, Turkey's embassy in Washington blocked new applications from US citizens in a statement using almost identical language.
Thousands of people have been detained in a crackdown since the failed coup, including the American Christian missionary, Andrew Brunson. The US says he's been wrongfully imprisoned and has called for his release. But Turkey has used him as a bargaining chip saying he could be freed if the US hands over Fethullah Gulen.
Diplomatic relations between the two nations have particularly deteriorated since May, when Turkish security officials were ivolved in street fighting with protestors during a visit to Washington. And more frayed relations over Syria where the US supports Kurdish YPG fighters. Among their most effective partners in the fight against Islamic State.
Turkey says the group is outlawed.