U.S. embassy in Ankara temporarily closes due to security threat

US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Will be Closed Monday Due to Security Threat

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

The U.S. embassy in Turkey will be closed Monday due to an unspecified security threat, officials said.

Their competing policies in war-ridden Syria such as Washington's continued aid for Kurdish forces fighting IS, and Ankara's ongoing invasion of the besieged enclave of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan as well as the Turkish leadership's realignment with Russian Federation has added to the strained relations.

A statement issued by embassy staff recommended that Americans "keep a low profile" in the Turkish capital and avoid large crowds.

The four suspects detained were all Iraqi citizens and were taken to the police station for legal proceedings, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Will be Closed Monday Due to Security Threat

The embassy also advised American citizens in Turkey to avoid large crowds, U.S. diplomatic buildings, to be aware of their security when visiting popular sites, and to keep a low profile.

The suspected ISIS members were arrested in a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkish state media reported.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozda─č said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh. Media reported that the operation targeting Daesh was planned well before the USA sources warned the local authorities about the threat. Two others were detained in Samsun. Moreover, 12,538 suspects, including 5,654 foreigners, were detained between 2011 and 2018 for links to Daesh.

Turkey suffered a slew of deadly terror attacks in 2015 and 2016 carried out by IS or Kurdish rebels.

The last attack which IS claimed was just 17 minutes into 2017 when a gunman killed 39 people at the elite Istanbul nightclub Reina during New Year's celebrations.

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