US Embassy In Turkey Closed Over Security Threat Amid Tensions Between Nations

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The arrests were coincidental with the closure of the USA embassy in Ankara for unclear security threat.

Turkey on Monday launched a crackdown on the Islamic State extremist group and boosted security in Ankara after the USA embassy said it would be closed for a day.

The detentions came after the Ankara Governor's Office stated late on March 4 that extra security measures had been taken in the city upon intelligence that "terrorist actions" could take place in areas where USA citizens are located.

The announcement also advises Americans in Turkey to "avoid large crowds; avoid the Embassy; heighten your personal security posture and awareness if you choose to visit popular tourist sites, shopping malls, shopping districts, and sports and entertainment venues; notify family and friends of your safety; monitor local media for updates; keep a low profile".

Police detained four Iraqis residing in the Black Sea province of Samsun who had been preparing for an attack on the embassy, Anadolu said.

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

The embassy advised USA citizens in Turkey to avoid large crowds and the embassy building and to be aware of their own security when visiting popular tourist sites and crowded places, Reuters reported.

German Chancellor and chairwomen of the German Christian Democratic Union, Angela Merkel leaves after a statement at the party headquarters in Berlin Germany Monday

Several digital documents were seized in the operation, the agency reported.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh. Two others were detained in Samsun by police acting on information they provided, the report said.

The Ankara chief prosecutor's office said in a statement that all of the suspects captured in the police operation were foreign nationals.

Early Monday, Ankara police detained 12 IS suspects in raids across the city, accusing them of trying to recruit members for IS and "contacting with people in conflict zones".

Turkish authorities have detained several suspects on charges of plotting an attack. He killed himself and a Turkish guard.

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

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