Turkey Dismantled a Terrorist Attack Against The USA Embassy in Ankara
The authorities confirmed that four Iraqis were arrested. The diplomatic delegation had announced this Sunday the closure of all its services to the public “due to a security alert”
The four men were arrested in the city of Samsun, in the Black Sea , during a raid carried out after receiving a security alert from the US embassy in the Turkish capital, which on Monday remained closed.
According to the same source, the four suspects would be linked to the jihadist group Islamic State. Digitized documents were found in his possession.
The US embassy in Ankara, which suffered a suicide attack in 2013, had announced Sunday the closure of all its services to the public on Monday “due to a security alert.”
After this alert, the Turkish authorities reinforced security measures in Ankara on Monday and proceeded to a raid against suspected terrorists
Twelve people were arrested Monday in the capital and arrest warrants were issued against eight others in an investigation against ISIS , state news agency Anadolu reported.
According to the agency, the detainees are of “foreign nationality”, they worked to recruit combatants and had contact with “the combat zones”.
The governorate of Ankara also published a communiqué in which it announced the application of reinforced security measures following information provided by the Americans on a risk of attack.
Turkey was the scene in recent years of several deadly attacks, attributed or claimed at the same time by Kurdish militants and ISIS.
The US embassy in Ankara was the target of a suicide attack in 2013 claimed by a group of the extreme left. A Turkish guard died.
Relations between Washington and Ankara have been strained in recent months. Turkey criticizes in particular the United States to arm the main Kurdish militia in Syria, the Popular Protection Units (YPG), against which Ankara launched an offensive in the Afrin enclave, in north-western Syria.
Turkey considers the YPGs as a terrorist entity. Washington calls on Ankara to focus on the fight against the Islamic States.