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Families of US consulate workers in Istanbul ordered to leave

Families of US consulate workers in Istanbul ordered to leave
Posted at 4:51 PM, Oct 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-29 16:51:58-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns.

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

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