U.S. Intensifies Embassy Security in Turkey and Lebanon

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According to Reuters, the United States has intensified their embassy security at a number of missions throughout Lebanon and Turkey, due to possible threats of terrorism.

State Department officials have recommended U.S. citizens avoid travelling to Lebanon and the southeastern region of Turkey, where the threat seems to be greatest.

Details currently remain sparse, with authorities refusing to divulge the nature of the potential terror threats. However, these security efforts have been implemented in the run-up to the 12th anniversary of the infamous 9/11 attacks, and potential U.S. involvement in Syria’s escalating civil war.

According to Reuters, Marie Harf of the State Department had this to say:

“Obviously, the tension… in the region, including in Syria, plays a role in this.”

Harf also indicated that they were taking precautionary measures for the employees working at the affected sites, as well as the visitors to these areas.

In the meantime, the State Department has warned U.S. citizens to “defer all non-essential travel” to Pakistan.

By: James Fenner

Reuters News Article

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