US warns citizens of ‘imminent’ terror threat to synagogues, churches in Istanbul

The Times of Israel reports: “The United States on Monday warned its citizens in Turkey of a potential ‘imminent’ terror attack against synagogues, churches and diplomatic missions in Istanbul in retaliation for several recent incidents of Quran burnings in Europe.

The advisory — which updated a warning made earlier this week — told travelers to exercise caution in tourist sites popular with Westerners in the city, noting the areas of Beyoglu, Galata, Taksim and Istiklal as potential targets.

The notice added that the Turkish authorities were investigating the matter.

The Islamic world was infuriated this month when Rasmus Paludan, a far-right activist from Denmark, received permission from the police to stage a protest outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm in the course of which he burned a copy of the Quran. Days later, Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the far-right Pegida movement in the Netherlands, tore pages out of a Quran near the Dutch Parliament and stomped on them.

In response, millions of Muslims around the world took to the streets to protest…”

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