Confusion at O’Hare as U.S.-Turkey flights banned

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ANKARA, Turkey — U.S. airline regulators are banning all flights between the U.S. and airports in Ankara and Istanbul. The ban includes flights to the U.S. by non-U.S. carriers via third countries.

Turkish Airlines issued a statement early Saturday saying operations were back to normal at the airport in Istanbul and that its flights have resumed.

The Federal Aviation Administration first issued a "notice to airmen" prohibiting flights to and from Turkey on Friday.

The U.S. embassy in Ankara issued a statement Saturday warning that U.S. government officials have been told not to use the airport in Istanbul and that U.S. citizens in the country should seek shelter. The embassy said it is still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire around the airport.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon says U.S. warplanes have stopped flying missions against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq from a base in southern Turkey after the government closed its airspace to military aircraft.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Peter Cook, said Saturday that U.S. officials are working with Turkish officials to get permission to resume air operations as soon as possible following the attempted coup.

Cook says U.S. Central Command is adjusting flight operations in the anti-IS campaign to minimize the effect of the closure of Turkish airspace.

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