A U.S. Embassy was forced to shut down after a credible threat emerged. Now, people are beginning to wonder if terrorism is coming from a new source.
In recent months, the United States has seen success in the war against terror. Thanks to the actions of new leadership in the Pentagon — directed by President Trump — the radical Islamic group known as ISIS has seen major defeats.
ISIS has been driven from Iraq. Their once large holdings in Syria have rapidly declined. In fact, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard from this once imposing group. We might soon reach a time when radical terrorists have little resources to do anything.
But that time has not yet come. We must stay vigilant. Around the world, new threats emerge on a daily basis. Terrorists will seek any means to harm innocents, including Americans.
This morning, a security threat forced the shutdown of a U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Four Islamic State members were apprehended, thwarting a possible attack on Americans. It now raises questions about the security of the nation of Turkey. Could it become the theater for future terrorism?
Four Islamic State terror group suspects were detained on Monday after the U.S. Embassy in Turkey was shut down due to a security threat, reports said.
The suspected ISIS members, all Iraqi nationals, were arrested in a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkish state media reported. Two of the suspects were detained on a bus while traveling on a highway linking the Black Sea city of Samsun to Ankara. They were taken into custody at a security check.
Two others were detained in Samsun.
The embassy announced on its website Sunday it was closing due to a “security threat,” but did not provide more information. [Source: Fox News]
This comes at a time when Turkey is becoming more and more hostile to Western influence. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to be embracing a totalitarian policy, cracking down on everything from free speech to religion.
In a recent statement, his prime minister even threatened the United States.
Turkey’s prime minister has warned his country “will fight” the United States if it stands in the way of its anti-Kurdish operations, shortly before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to meet with the country’s president. [Source: Breitbart]
Turkey has also been acting aggressively towards its neighbors in Europe. A Turkish ship attacked a Greek patrol boat in the Aegean Sea. Warships from Turkey are also blocking an Italian drilling rig, preventing it from reaching its destination.
Meanwhile, more evidence emerges of terrorism brewing in their own backyard. The four agents apprehended today were Iraqi nationals. For some reason, they believed Turkey was an appropriate place to set up shop. With the growing hostility of the Turkish president towards outsiders, this land might become the next hub of radical, Islamic terrorism.
Turkey has been criticized for its role in the Syrian civil war. Even today, they continue to fight for territory in that country, sparking international concerns.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that the Turkish military would invade and “besiege” the heart of Afrin city Syria “in the coming days,” threatening to turn “Operation Olive Branch” into a devastating urban conflict. [Source: Breitbart]
Just what is Erdoğan up to? Is Turkey’s operations about protecting its citizens — or is something much more nefarious going on? Military actions could be a cover for something else. Perhaps Turkey is siphoning resources from Syria back into its country. Perhaps Turkey is using military action as a front to launch larger campaigns across the region.
Today’s news is evidence that things might turn sour for the country. As they continue to push into other regions, their own homeland might become ground zero for terrorism.
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