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U.S. orders diplomatic, military families out of southern Turkey amid security fears

Armed police guards stand in front of Neve Shalom synagogue March 29 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Armed police guards stand in front of Neve Shalom synagogue March 29 in Istanbul, Turkey.

(Sedat Suna / European Pressphoto Agency)

The State Department and Pentagon are ordering the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel to leave posts in southern Turkey due to security fears.

The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the U.S. Consulate in Adana and the Incirlik air base and two other locations must leave. The “ordered departure” notice means the relocation costs will be covered by the government.

About 670 Defense Department dependents will be affected by this departure.

The move comes amid heightened security concerns throughout Turkey and was accompanied by an updated travel warning advising U.S. citizens of an increased threat of terrorist attacks.

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

Times staff writer W.J. Hennigan contributed to this report.

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