US Closes Embassy In Ankara Following Unspecified "Terror Threat"

US intelligence has discovered that a shadowy group within Turkey is plotting an attack targeting the US embassy or other places US citizens might stay, prompting the State Department to keep the embassy closed to the public - at least for the time being.

The embassy advised US citizens traveling in Turkey to avoid crowds and the embassy building and to be cognizant of their surroundings when visiting popular tourist sites and other crowded places. The embassy has beefed up security, and canceled Visa interviews and other routine services.

Some more details:

Starting March 5, the Embassy will provide "only emergency services," the Monday announcement said. Routine actives, including visa interviews will not be held during the period of restrictions. The notice also advised US citizens in Turkey should avoid large crowds, keep a low profile and otherwise be cautious.

The announcement of the closure coincided with the Turkish state news agency Anadolu reporting the arrests of a dozen people in Ankara following an investigation into suspected jihadists. In addition to the 12 people arrested, warrants were issued for eight more people.

It was not immediately clear whether the arrests were connected to the closure of the embassy. The Anadolu report was published hours after the US announcement.

Turkey

For a few days last month, it appeared that a dispute between the two NATO allies in Syria might boil into an all-out proxy war, as Ankara ordered ground troops into the Afrin border region to combat Syrian Kurdish militias. These militias played the role of ground troops for the US-led coalition during the siege of Raqqa, the former Syrian stronghold of Islamic State. Washington continues to support the Syrian Kurds, although it has pledged to stop arming them in an effort to placate Turkey.

Turkish officials have warned that any US troops bearing weapons and fighting alongside the Kurds in the region would be considered "our target."

Meanwhile, Turkey has continued to target Kurdish militias - whom it considers terrorists - and other pro-regime forces in the northern Syria region. One recent strike killed at least 36 pro-Syrian government troops.

Syria

In doing so, Turkey has seemingly managed to do the impossible - unite the Kurds and the regime of Bashar al-Assad in their fight against what the Syrian government decried as a "blatant attack" on its sovereignty by a neighbor. Meanwhile, eight Turkish soldiers were killed and another 13 were injured on Thursday in fighting in Afrin, per the BBC.

The embassy closure is reminiscent of a tit-for-tat diplomatic shutdown late last year that started when Turkey arrested local employees working at the US embassy. The US suspended all visa-processing services in response, while Syria did the same.

It's unclear whether Ankara is planning another proportional response.

Comments

wildbad Never One Roach Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:05 Permalink

...we decided to pull it

Q - interpret

Ghost B.C. Lyrics

"Prime Mover"
 

Clad in cloak
A secretive nun
Bearing the old ones´ bastard son
Varucose phallos
Obsessed and poised her
Cast a veil of dusk upon the cloister

Prime mover
Maternal slave
With child of her grave

Mother
Filth in her womb
Father
Waiting in tomb

Selected heir
Machinary insect
Bloodline of the dark architect
Toxic blood
Of not known birth
Antichrist will walk the earth

Prime mover
Maternal slave
With child of her grave

In reply to by Never One Roach

Sirius Wonderblast Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:58 Permalink

"...shadowy group...". CIA? Mossad? MI6? Or just someone sponsored by them, possibly about to attack "our" supposed ally (be very afraid!) in their fight against "our" other allies fighting with/alongside "our" supposed enemy in an undeclared war where "our" supposed allies (the second bunch) are fighting against other groups sponsored by "us" (a third bunch then, who had invaded "our" supposed enemy) and while also having been opposed to "our" supposed enemy until they weren't. Now, of course, "our" enemy is allied and supported by "our" other supposed enemies, while the 3rd bunch of "allies" were previously our eternal foes guilty of heinous unforgivable atrocities (until they weren't or it suddenly didn't matter). I'm not sure any of those "enemies" actually invaded anyone though, although some of those "allies" definitely have. Of course, "we" stand for freedom, democracy and to uphold international law.

"Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!"

Meanwhile, aren't rather a lot of people dying because of this bullshit? 

 

Brazen Heist Mon, 03/05/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

Now we know why Putin was willing to sell the S-400 to Turkey while we were all shocked at the time. With Putin revealing some of the latest Russian tech, it renders the S-400 obsolete by Russian standards and is thus not a problem to export.

And Washington is considering sanctions on Turkey as a result....like a baby throwing a fit. This is precisely the level of arm-twisting other nations to not pursue non-US-friendly interests that exposes the fundamental weakness of America. That is, America can't compete without brute force and monopolism.

Joiningupthedots Mon, 03/05/2018 - 08:20 Permalink

Uncle Sam getting himself in a right old Middle Eastern mess (again)

Interlinked A2D2 across ALL of Syria (including the volumes required) and its over for all the miscreants and protagonists.

Its just a matter of time hehehe.

Tortuga Mon, 03/05/2018 - 09:22 Permalink

"shadowy group" planning a attack on our Embassy, my ass. Has erodogan-whatever, written all over it. Probably using weapons furnished by nato.

Village-idiot Mon, 03/05/2018 - 17:08 Permalink

Can someone explain to me why Turkey was ever admitted into NATO, or why it's still in NATO?

They buy weapons from Russia.

They threaten US and other NATO troops.

Idiots all!