United States embassy in Turkey closed over security fears

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The US embassy in Turkey will be closed to the public on March 5, 2018, due to a security threat, a notice on the website of the diplomatic mission says.

The State Department did not specify what the security threat was that prompted the closure, but noted Americans should also avoid popular tourist spots.

Ankara Governor's Office released a statement later on, saying that the city has taken additional security measures upon receiving intelligence from USA sources.

The US embassy in Turkey's capital Ankara will be closed to the public on Monday due to a security threat. A far-left terrorist group subsequently claimed responsibility for that attack.

Turkish police often carry out raids against IS across the country including one last month when 29 foreigners were detained in Istanbul over alleged links to the group.

20 launched an operation against the YPG in its border stronghold of Afrin in western Syria.