Ankara, October 23

A front-page article in yesterday's "Yeni Safak" newspaper carried the false claim that U.S. forces have been responsible for the rape of thousands of Iraqi women since the beginning of the conflict in Iraq. These outrageous allegations were based on a U.S. "source" best known for her pornographic web-sites and erotic television program. We believe it is irresponsible for a serious newspaper to present such false claims from a clearly unreliable source on its front page as if they were fact. We view this article as a deliberate attempt to mislead Turkish readers and to damage the strong ties between the Turkish and American people. 

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