Turkey detains 4 Islamic State suspects in probe of US Embassy threat

US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Will be Closed Monday Due to Security Threat

US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey Will be Closed Monday Due to Security Threat

Police have taken high security measures outside the USA embassy.

The statement said the embassy will be closed "due to a security threat".

The embassy said it was closed to the public on Monday due to a security threat was only providing emergency services would be provided. "The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services", the embassy wrote Sunday on its official website.

Their competing policies in war-ridden Syria such as Washington's continued aid for Kurdish forces fighting IS, and Ankara's ongoing invasion of the besieged enclave of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan as well as the Turkish leadership's realignment with Russian Federation has added to the strained relations.

The Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office announced earlier that it had issued detention warrants for 20 suspects and the search was underway to capture the others.

On March 5, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said US consulates in Turkey were "operating as normal".

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All four suspects were identified as Iraqi nationals and were nabbed by police as they were heading to the capital from northern Samsun province, reports said. Moreover, 12,538 suspects, including 5,654 foreigners, were detained between 2011 and 2018 for links to Daesh.

The embassy was the target in 2013 of a suicide bombing claimed by a far-left group that killed a Turkish security guard.

Turkey has used the FETO label to describe supporters of Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, a former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who the Turkish leader has since blamed for a failed July 2016 coup and other conspiracies against his government.

An American diplomatic facility in Turkey was last attacked in 2015 when two militants of a far-left Turkish group shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul. An attack at a luxury Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2017, killed 39 people.

The country is at the forefront of efforts to quell threats from the terrorist group, which partly depends on foreign recruits for fighters.

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