Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, U.S. is seen in this undated picture taken in Izmir, Turkey. (Depo Photos via REUTERS)
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Sixty-six U.S. senators signed a letter released Friday urging Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release an American pastor on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup.Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for a failed 2016 coup against President Tayyip Erdogan. The letter, led by Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who represents Brunson's home state North Carolina, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, said the Senate backs efforts to strengthen cooperation between U.S. and Turkish law enforcement.
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