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Turkey: US diplomatic missions including the embassy in Turkey, consulates and other diplomatic services closed due to terrorist threat


The website of the United States Embassy in Turkey has issued a warning about possible terrorist attacks targeting Americans or other foreign nationals in Turkey. According to the statement, there have been “credible reports of terrorist attacks and possible kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul including the US Consulate General.”

As a result, the offices of US diplomatic missions including the embassy in Ankara, consulates and other diplomatic services (eg for visas) in Istanbul, Adana and Izmir have been closed. The United States Embassy has called on American citizens to “be careful and stay alert” and “avoid crowds,” as well as “avoid places where Americans or foreigners may congregate, including large office buildings , shopping centers or malls “.

The pro-government Daily Sabah reported last month that Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu pointed out that Turkey had not authorized 152 ISIS terrorist attacks this year. Also in September, it was announced that the security services had arrested the alleged ISIS leader in Turkey, Mahmut Ozden.

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