- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

U.S. military bases in Europe have been ordered to “limit to the max extent possible” instances where personnel wear uniforms off base.

U.S. European Command put out the directive Nov. 10.

“In addition, all personnel should review individual social media account security and geo-location functions/settings to ensure their profiles are not overly revealing,” EUCOM said in a statement, Military Times reported Tuesday.

Just two days after EUCOM’s directive was announced, U.S. sailors on liberty in Turkey were attacked by the nationalist Youth Association.

A group of roughly 10 men shouted at three U.S. sailors: “Yankee, go home!” The mob attempted to put bags over the sailors’ heads and then chased them through the streets.

EUCOM did not give a specific reason for its directive, although the Pentagon is concerned that overseas installations may be targeted by the Islamic State terror group, Military Times reported.

SEE ALSO: 3 U.S. Navy sailors attacked on shore in Turkey — ‘Yankee, go home!’

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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