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Turkey Arrests 4 IS Members Suspected of Planning Attack on US Embassy

Turkey Arrests 4 IS Members Suspected of Planning Attack on US Embassy

The embassy announced on its website Sunday it was closing due to a "security threat", but did not provide more information.

The embassy said it would make an announcement when it was ready to reopen.

Four members of the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia), suspected of preparing an attack against the U.S. embassy in Turkey, were arrested in the country's north, local media reported Monday.

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 US citizens are located.

A statement posted on the embassy's website on March 4 urged US citizens to avoid the embassy in Ankara and large crowds, as well as to "keep a low profile".

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The Anadolu news agency said police detained four suspects on March 5 - all of them Iraqi nationals.

The relationship between Turkey and the United States has worsened recently due to two key problems.

Security was heightened outside the U.S. Embassy building, and police searched pedestrians before allowing them to enter a street where the main gate is located. Media reported that the operation targeting Daesh was planned well before the US sources warned the local authorities about the threat. Moreover, 12,538 suspects, including 5,654 foreigners, were detained between 2011 and 2018 for links to Daesh.

In 2013, the same Marxist group, the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), used a suicide bomber to assault the US Embassy in Ankara, killing a Turkish security guard and the perpetrator. Turkish troops and proxy forces are attacking the US-supported Kurdish militias, which the Turkish government considers a security threat. Of this figure, the ministry said that five were captured, eight surrendered and seven were killed, including a regional leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a separatist militant group that has waged a violent insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.

A total of 3,000 Daesh terrorists were killed in Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, Bozda─č said, while 1,000 others were killed trying to attack the Turkish camp in Iraq's Bashiqa.