US orders families of consulate workers in Istanbul to leave

By: | Published: October 30, 2016 2:56 AM

The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the US Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns.

The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed.  (Reuters)The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. (Reuters)

The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the US Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns.

In a statement issued yesterday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack US citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.

The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. The order applies only to the US Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other US diplomatic posts in Turkey.

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