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The U.S. tightens security at diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey on Friday - because of unspecified threats.
In Lebanon, the U.S. State Department ordered all non-emergency diplomatic personnel and their families out of the country -
and in southeastern Turkey - a voluntary evacuation at the consulate in Andana has been ordered.
U.S. citizens have been warned against traveling to these regions - and Americans in the rest of Turkey have been told to remain vigilant.
Officials offered no additional information about the threats - which come just a week before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Despite the ramped up security - some U.S. citizens living in the Lebanese capital - Beirut - said they did not feel an urgency to leave.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN CITIZEN, ALEXANDRA TALTY, SAYING:
"I am not going to leave because of the U.S. embassy urging its citizens to leave, but if they were to evacuate, I would leave."