U.S. Orders Diplomats Out Of Lebanon and Turkey Amid Syria Debate

Non-essential American diplomats and the families of staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have been instructed to leave Lebanon immediately out of concern for their safety “as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria”. 

The department also authorized the voluntary departure of diplomats and families at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey, which is the closest American diplomatic post to Syria in Turkey.

The State Department is also urging private American citizens to leave Lebanon “due to threats to U.S. mission facilities and personnel. “

“The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains,” it said.

In a separate advisory for Turkey, the State Department announced it would allow personnel at the Adana consulate to leave their posts and recommended that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to southeastern Turkey.