Staff told to leave south­ern Tur­key

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The US State Depart­ment and Pen­tagon have or­dered the fam­i­lies of US diplo­mats and mil­i­tary per­son­nel to leave posts in south­ern Tur­key due to se­cu­rity fears.

The two agen­cies said de­pen­dents of Amer­i­can staff at the US con­sulate in Adana, the In­cir­lik air base and two other lo­ca­tions must leave.

The so-called “or­dered de­par­ture” no­tice means the re­lo­ca­tion costs will be cov­ered by the gov­ern­ment.

In a state­ment, the mil­i­tary’s Euro­pean Com­mand said the step “al­lows for the de­lib­er­ate, safe re­turn of fam­ily mem­bers from these ar­eas due to con­tin­ued se­cu­rity con­cerns in the re­gion.”

The State Depart­ment or­der cov­ers the Adana con­sulate and the mil­i­tary or­der cov­ers per­son­nel based in In­cir­lik, Is­mir and Mugla.

The move comes amid height­ened se­cu­rity con­cerns through­out Tur­key due to the fight against ISIS in neigh­bour­ing Syria and Iraq and was to be ac­com­pa­nied by an up­dated travel warn­ing ad­vis­ing US cit­i­zens of an in­creased threat of at­tacks.

It also comes as Tur­key’s pres­i­dent is set to ar­rive in Wash­ing­ton to at­tend Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s nu­clear se­cu­rity sum­mit.

“We un­der­stand this is dis­rup­tive to our mil­i­tary fam­i­lies, but we must keep them safe and en­sure the com­bat ef­fec­tive­ness of our forces to sup­port our strong ally Tur­key in the fight against ter­ror­ism,” the Euro­pean Com­mand state­ment said.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many fam­ily mem­bers would be af­fected in to­tal.

How­ever, the Pen­tagon said the or­der would af­fect about 680 fam­ily mem­bers.

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