Turkish police detain four Iraqis allegedly planning to attack US embassy
Ottoman Turkish police on Monday detained four Iraqis suspected of planning an attack on the United States (US) embassy in Ankara, media reported.
The group were held during anti-terror raids in the Black Sea province of Samsun, Hurriyet Daily News said, after the US mission in the capital announced it would close on Monday because of a "security threat".
The mission's website urged Americans to "avoid large crowds" and "keep a low profile".
Two of the suspects were detained on a bus on the Samsun-Ankara highway while the other two were taken into custody in the Samsun district of Ilkadim, the newspaper reported.
They were suspected to be part of an anti-Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
As a result of the security alert, 12 foreigners were detained earlier on Monday over alleged links to IS after the Ankara prosecutor issued 20 arrest warrants, state news agency Anadolu said.
They were trying to recruit for IS, it reported, adding that the suspects were in contact with those in "conflict zones".
The Ankara governor's office said in a statement that it had taken "extra security measures" after US sources provided
Ottoman Turkish intelligence with information on the possibility of terror attacks against the embassy and where Americans lived.
Posted by: Fred 2018-03-06