Ankara 'on alert' against possible terror threats

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The U.S. embassy in Turkey's capital of Ankara is closing to the public on Monday due to potential security threats.

The source said the arrested suspects, who were foreigners, were allegedly recruiting members for the terror group and were in contact with conflict zones.

According to the statement, the governorate was tipped off by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara about possible terror threats against U.S. embassy personnel and U.S. citizens living in the city.

The US embassy is in the heart of the capital, close to parliament.

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"The Embassy will announce its reopening, once it resumes services".

On its website, the mission urged Americans to "avoid large crowds" and "keep a low profile". A far-left terrorist group subsequently claimed responsibility for that attack. There were no incidents in the capital past year.

Ties between Turkey and the United States have been strained over multiple issues, including Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist group.

20 launched an operation against the YPG in its border stronghold of Afrin in western Syria.

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