Urging US citizens to avoid the area, authorities have warned of an imminent security threat to the American consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) wrote on its website: “Due to information about an imminent security threat against the US Consulate compound, the US Consulate General Istanbul advises all US citizens to avoid the US Consulate today”
— OSAC (@OSACState) December 5, 2015
OSAC also encouraged American citizens in Turkey “to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.”
The Overseas Security Advisory Council is tasked with promoting security cooperation between American private sector interests worldwide and the US State Department.