In response to the Syrian crisis, the U.S.Department of State reports it has ordered a drawdown of non-emergency U.S. Government personnel and family members in Beirut, Lebanon and approved the drawdown of non-emergency personnel and family members who wish to leave Adana, Turkey.
"Given the current tensions in the region, as well as potential threats to U.S. Government facilities and personnel, we are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution to protect our employees and their families, and local employees and visitors to our facilities. We will continue to assess the situation and to adjust our security posture accordingly," State said.
U.S. citizens in Lebanon or Southeastern Turkey should refer to the September 6 Travel Warnings for Lebanon and Turkey posted on www.travel.state.gov, State said.
"U.S. citizens remaining in Lebanon or southeastern Turkey despite the Travel Warning should limit nonessential travel within the country, be aware of their surroundings whether in their residences or moving about, make their own contingency emergency plans, enroll their presence in Lebanon or Turkey through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin or emergency contact information," the department said.
State issued a March 01, 2013 warning about travel to Syria "strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately."