US diplomats ordered to leave Istanbul over terror fears

 

Fears of attacks on US citizens as anti-American feelings remain high in Turkey following coup attempt

The family members of US consular staff in Istanbul have been ordered to leave the city by the US State Department due to security concerns. The order comes after a warning last week of increased risks from extremist groups and advice to US citizen that they should carefully consider whether to travel within Turkey. However, the US Consulate General in Istanbul remains fully staffed and open for business.

Moreover, the order does not cover other US diplomatic outposts in Turkey. It appears that the security concerns are most severe in Istanbul. The order comes as anti-US feelings remain high in the country. Formerly Turkey and the US have been strong allies – Turkey is a member of NATO – but relations have soured in recent months.

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