Turkey detains U.S. journalist, Syrians after illegal river crossing

A file photo shows a group of men smuggle diesel fuel from Syria to Turkey across the Asi River in Darkush town, Idlib countryside. (Reuters)

Turkish security forces on Sunday detained an American journalist and two Syrians as they tried to cross a river flowing from Syria into southern Turkey by raft, the army said.

The three were spotted on the Asi river near the border province of Hatay, the army said in a statement, without revealing their identities.

The journalist, said to be 60 years old, was taken to a police station for questioning and then flown to Istanbul for deportation, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.

Nothing was immediately known about the fate of the Syrians…