U.S. Warns Citizens of Terror Threat to Syria Rebels in TurkeySelcan Hacaoglu
The U.S. warned its citizens in Turkey that extremist groups may be planning an attack against the rebel Syrian interim government building in southeastern city of Gaziantep.
U.S. citizens “should avoid traveling in areas close to the Syrian border,” the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said in a Warden Message posted on its website yesterday, which it said was based on reports it has received. Gaziantep, home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, lies some 50 kilometers north of the Syrian border.
Turkish authorities have started vetting candidates for an expanded Syrian opposition force under a joint initiative, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying yesterday airstrikes were starting to roll back Islamic State’s advances in Iraq.
The warning advised people to take precautions in any meetings with individuals claiming to represent or be affiliated with anyone involved in the Syrian conflict.
The embassy in September said the possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests, from both transnational and indigenous groups, “remains high,” following airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria.