The United States consulate in Adana, Turkey, warned Americans traveling abroad Monday of specific threats of violence from Islamic State members against hotels hosting foreigners.
The threats did not name any hotels in particular, though authorities claimed there was a credible threat against a specific target. Large hotels such as the Sheraton and Hilton both operate in the area.
According to the consulate’s website, “U.S. Consulate General Adana informs U.S. citizens that it has obtained specific and credible threats of potential terrorist activity targeting U.S.-branded hotels in Adana. U.S. citizens in Adana are advised to exercise caution when patronizing these establishments.”
This threat comes on the heels of the terrorist bombings of New York City’s Chelsea district; Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Seaside Park, New Jersey, where an Afghan immigrant planted bombs in various population hubs. In January, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the horrifying hotel attack in Egypt. Breitbart Jerusalem reported in January, “several armed jihadists entered the Bella Vista Hotel in Hurghada, Egypt, wounding three tourists before being neutralized by police forces.”
The consulate in Turkey had received specific and credible threats against western hotels, which prompted the consulate to issues the warning. The area in question is home to the Incirlik Air Base, where the United States routinely launches attacks against the Islamic State.
In July, members of the Turkish military and government rose up to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey. However, that coup was unsuccessful.
Following the attempted coup in Turkey in July, Breitbart News reported:
The President spoke tonight by phone with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the events in Turkey. The President and Secretary agreed that all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected Government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed. The Secretary underscored that the State Department will continue to focus on the safety and security of U.S. citizens in Turkey. The President asked the Secretary to continue to keep him updated as the situation unfolds.