Turkey tells its citizens to reconsider traveling to US
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Turkey tells its citizens to reconsider traveling to US

After new warning issued by Washington, Ankara retaliates, citing terror attacks, violent incidents and 'arbitrary arrests'

Illustrative: A Turkish Airlines aircraft takes off from Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, January 8, 2017.  (İbrahim Yildlz/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
Illustrative: A Turkish Airlines aircraft takes off from Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, January 8, 2017. (İbrahim Yildlz/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has warned its citizens about traveling to the United States, in retaliation for a new US travel advisory about Turkey.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday urged citizens to reconsider travel plans to the United States, citing a series of terror attacks, violent incidents and “arbitrary arrests” — an apparent reference to a Turkish banker who was arrested in the United States and convicted of helping Iran avoid US sanctions.

The travel warning came days after the United States urged its citizens to reconsider travel to Turkey, citing terror threats and arbitrary detentions under an ongoing state of emergency.

The two NATO allies have seen their ties deteriorate since a coup attempt in 2016 that the Turkish government blames on US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen denies involvement.

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