Monday, 17 December, 2018

US Embassy to Turkey closed for security reasons

Turkey police force has detained 12 suspected Islamic State extremists amid ongoing crackdown and closure of US embassy Turkey police force has detained 12 suspected Islamic State extremists amid ongoing crackdown and closure of US embassy
Andrew Cummings | 06 March, 2018, 01:49

The US embassy in Ankara will be shut down starting Tuesday due to a security threat, it said in a statement.

"The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services", the statement read. "The embassy has shared intelligence with the Turkish intelligence service and security forces".

On its website, the mission urged Americans to "avoid large crowds" and "keep a low profile".

Meanwhile, four Iraqi nationals were detained in Samsun by the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and local anti-terror authorities in an operation against ISIL, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on March 5.

Policemen stand guard outside the United States embassy in Ankara, on March 5, 2018, as part of security measures set after the embassy was closed to the public over a "security threat". "Upon intelligence coming to our units from U.S. sources that terrorist actions could be undertaken targeting the U.S. Embassy and where U.S. citizens are staying, security measures have been reviewed and extra measures have been taken". Two others were detained in Samsun by police acting on information they provided, the report said.

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Earlier on Monday, police detained 12 IS suspects in Ankara and were searching for eight others, Anadolu reported, although it was not clear if these arrests were linked to the threat against the U.S. Embassy.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh.

He added that they were detained for the attempt of luring people to the extremist group and reportedly were communicating with people in "conflict zones". Turkish officials blamed the attack on domestic leftists.

An American diplomatic facility in Turkey was last attacked in 2015 when two militants of a far-left Turkish group shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul. A lone gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's Eve celebrations.

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