Rising Tensions

Turkey Recalls U.S. Ambassador

It’s that time of year: when Turkey throws a fit over the Armenian genocide. Turkey recalled its ambassador from Washington on Thursday after the House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved a resolution calling on President Obama to “characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.” The White House and State Department tried to thwart the vote, but the House moved ahead anyway. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan furiously denounced it, saying “We condemn this resolution, which accuses the Turkish nation of a crime it has not committed.” The committee vote squeaked by, 23-22. If the full House passes it, it could jeopardize Turkey’s cooperation in Iraq.