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U.S. Orders Troops, Diplomats to Leave Turkey

The Washington Post reports that “the United States will withdraw virtually all family members of U.S. troops and diplomats from its installations in Turkey, U.S. officials said Tuesday, citing security concerns as the campaign against the Islamic State continues.”  

“The military decision was announced on the blog for U.S. European Command, which also instituted travel restrictions in Brussels last week after a terrorist attack killed 38 people, including three suicide bombers. At least four Americans were killed and about a dozen more were wounded, including an Air Force officer who was stationed in Europe and members of his family.”  

“’The decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense,’ Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the commander of European Command, said in a statement. ‘We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism.’”

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