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U.S. Diplomatic, Military Families Ordered Out Of South Turkey

The U.S. State Department and the Pentagon have ordered the families of American diplomats and military personnel to leave their posts in southern Turkey, citing "increased threats from terrorist groups" there.

The orders -- issued on March 29 -- cover the Adana consulate, U.S. military dependents in Incirlik, Ismir, and Mugla as well as family of U.S. government civilians in Ismir and Mugla.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said no specific threat triggered the order. He said it was done "out of an abundance of caution" for the safety of the families in that region.

The move was accompanied by an updated travel warning advising U.S. citizens of an increased threat of attacks in Turkey.

It comes amid heightened security concerns throughout Turkey due to the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

On March 28, Israel issued a new travel advisory for Turkey, warning its citizens to leave the country "as soon as possible" and to avoid any traveling there.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters