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US Embassy in Turkey Issues Warning to American Tourists

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 27, 2016

US Embassy in Turkey Issues Warning to American Tourists

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Officials at the United States Embassy in Turkey have issued a travel warning to Americans in the Middle Eastern country regarding "credible" terrorist threats on tourists.

According to, the U.S. embassy released an emergency message Tuesday warning tourists in Turkey that terrorists have explicitly stated that they will be targeting them in possible attacks.

“The U.S. government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey,” officials from the U.S. embassy in Turkey revealed in an email Tuesday.

Over the last year, Turkey has dealt with at least four suicide bombings, with the most recent coming last month in Istanbul. ISIS has claimed responsibility for two of the terrorist attacks, and Kurdish militants were behind two other attacks in the country.

The March attack in Istanbul's main shopping district killed three Israelis—two of the deceased held dual citizenship in the United States—and an Iranian national. Another attack in Istanbul in January killed 12 German tourists.

Turkey is battling terrorism on several fronts, as the Islamic State has strongholds in neighboring Syria and Iraq, and Kurdish militants are stationed in the southeast portion of the country.

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