[Ed. – This is a big deal. The order is beyond an advisory that would encourage families to leave. It’s an actual order, and will entail the federal departments paying for the families to move out, and changing the basis on which the U.S. supports federal employees in-country in the affected area. It means the federal government is very concerned about stability and order in southern Turkey. With no prospect of improvement any time soon, this is a seminal trend we haven’t seen anything like since the period after WWI, when the Ottoman Empire fell apart and Turkey was carved out of the remains.]
The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to “increased threats from terrorist groups” in the country.
The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the U.S. consulate in Adana, the Incirlik air base and two other locations must leave. The so-called “ordered departure” notice means the relocation costs will be covered by the government.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said no specific threat triggered the order, but said it was done “out of an abundance of caution” for the safety of the families in that region. He said he was not aware of a deadline for the families to leave, but said “this will move very quickly.”
In a statement, the military’s European Command said the step “allows for the deliberate, safe return of family members from these areas due to continued security concerns in the region.”
The orders cover the Adana consulate, U.S. military dependents in Incirlik, Ismir and Mugla as well as family of U.S. government civilians at Ismir and Mugla.