Mar 05 2018

Turkey says arrests 4 Iraqis planning U.S. embassy attack

Turkey’s security forces arrested four Iraqi nationals suspected of planning an attack on the U.S. embassy in Ankara, CNN Turk television reported.

The four men are believed to be members of Islamic State (ISIS), the news channel said on Monday.

Two of the suspects – Sohaib Qusay Taga A. and Fernas Huseyin A., were detained at a police check point on a road between the northern city of Samsun and the capital Ankara, CNN Turk said.

The United States closed its embassy on Monday warning of a threat to the building and U.S. nationals in Turkey. It didn’t say when embassy services would resume.

Political tensions between Washington and Ankara have intensified in recent months. Washington says a recent military incursion by Turkey into Syria to battle Kurdish fighters detracts from the war against Islamic State (ISIS).

Turkey maintains that it has arrested hundreds of ISIS suspects in recent years, including foreign nationals, preventing them from launching attacks in Europe and elsewhere. It also says it has done more to fight the group in Syria than any other country in the NATO alliance.