U.S. Embassy in Turkey temporarily suspends activities over terror threats

ANKARA / WASHINGTON – The United States Embassy in Turkey announced that it will temporarily suspend its activities due to fears of terrorist attacks. In a security warning the embassy indicated that it had obtained credible reports about the risk of terrorist attacks and kidnappings against American and foreign citizens in Istanbul, the U.S. Consul General in Istanbul, as well as in other areas of the country.

The embassy advised American citizens to exercise the highest degree of vigilance while in places where Americans and foreigners gather, including large office buildings and commercial centers. The embassy also stated that all U.S. diplomatic representations in Turkey will temporarily suspend providing services to citizens, including visa services.

The security warning comes a day after American forces bombed a meeting of leaders close to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group and leaders from the Hurras al-Din terrorist group in Idlib.