Turkey detains four Iraqi nationals for planning attack on US Embassy

Turkish anti-riot police secure the area around the U.S. Embassy in Ankara during a protest against the U.S. president's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on Dec. 7 2017

The Ankara governor's office said authorities had reviewed security in the capital and had taken additional measures, following intelligence provided by usa "sources" about possible attacks against the embassy or where Americans are staying. However, it was not clear if these arrests were linked to the threat against the U.S. Embassy.

Additional security measures were taken after intelligence from U.S. sources suggested there might be an attack targeting the United States embassy or places USA citizens were staying, the Ankara governor's office said in a statement on Sunday.

The embassy said it would make an announcement when it was ready to reopen. "The embassy has shared intelligence with the Turkish intelligence service and security forces".

The Anadolu Agency said police detained four Iraqi nationals in connection with the threat against the embassy.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozda─č said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh.

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In addition to media reports of the 20 suspected ISIS members rounded up, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced Monday that 20 "terrorists" were "neutralized" in 1,079 counterterrorism operations conducted in the past week, from February 26 to March 5.

It issued the same statement for Tuesday after the police detention of suspected IS members. It added that all the suspects are foreigners but did not provide detail on their nationalities.

The U.S. Embassy was the target of a suicide bombing in 2013 by a militant from the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), which killed a Turkish security guard.

The Governorate of the Turkish capital separately warned of an attack on the U.S. embassy or public venues where Americans frequent. A lone gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year's Eve celebrations.


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