Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting US in retaliatory move

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Turkey issues travel warning for citizens visiting US in retaliatory move

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Jan. 12 urged its citizens to reconsider their travel plans and take precautions against possible threats they might face in the United States.

“We observe an increasing number of terror plots and acts of violence in the United States,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that the attacks can be in the form of vehicles ramming pedestrians, bomb attacks, armed terror attacks and may be in city centers, cultural activities, metro stations, public buildings, prayer centers and even school campuses.

The U.S. has recently experienced attacks in Ohio University, Forth Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Minnesota’s Dar Al-Farooq Mosque and a Texas church, as well as cars ploughing into people in Charlottesville and New York. The latest was a bomb attack in a New York metro on Dec. 12.

The ministry said these were attacks carried out by far-right and racist groups, urging its citizens to take precautions during their travels. 

The move comes after the U.S. on Jan. 11 urged its citizens to reconsider travel to Turkey “due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions.”

The two NATO allies have seen their ties deteriorate since a coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen.

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