Turkish residents touring to United States 'face threat of arbitrary arrest' - Ankara

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Turkey's foreign ministry said Turkish citizens travelling to the United States face the risk of arbitrary arrest, saying they should revise travel plans and take precautions if they do decide to travel.

As Turkish Daily Sabah writes in the article Turkey issues travel warning for United States, cites increase in terror attacks, "an apparent increase in terror attacks and violent incidents in the USA has been seen recently".

The ministry mentioned recent attacks at the Ohio University campus, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Dar Al-Farooq Mosque in Minnesota, a church in Texas, and the New York City subway as "an example of terror and/or far-right/racist incidents".

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Ankara explains their move by the "inaccurate information" received from the US State Department. Some other countries in category 3 include Venezuela, Burundi, Pakistan and Sudan. "The ´Turkey is not a safe country´ statement does not benefit ties between the two countries", Yildirim said. Stressing that "terror knows to borders", he added that Ankara and Istanbul were as safe as Washington and NY.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have become increasingly strained over a number of issues, including Turkey's detention of two Turkish employees of U.S. diplomatic missions in the country.

Ties between Ankara and Washington, both North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and members of the coalition against Islamic State, have been strained by the U.S. arrest and conviction of a Turkish banker in an Iran sanctions-busting case, a trial Turkey has dismissed as politically motivated.

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It singled out areas along the Turkish-Syrian border and area where the Turkish army is fighting Kurdish militants, warning that U.S. citizens could be accused of being linked to terror groups with "scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated".

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that Turkey will conduct military operations in Syria's Afrin if the PKK-affiliate Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) terrorists do not withdraw, adding that Turkey was disappointed with the United States for not keeping its promises, Daily Sabah reported.

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