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Direckshun 02-01-2013 07:56 AM

Suicide bomber attacks US Embassy in Turkey.
 
Pretty deflating news out of Turkey today.

I didn't see a thread. I figured as things develop, we can keep up with the tragedy here.

LiveSteam 02-01-2013 07:57 AM

Obama = WINNING!

Direckshun 02-01-2013 07:57 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02...rkish-capital/

At least 2 dead in likely suicide attack outside US Embassy in Turkish capital
FoxNews.com
Published February 01, 2013

A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive Friday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, killing himself and a guard at the entrance gate, officials said.

U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a Turkish citizen was also wounded in the 1:15 p.m. blast in the Turkish capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but both Kurdish rebels and Islamic militants are active in Turkey.

The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance to the embassy, but did not damage the inside of the embassy itself.

TV footage showed the embassy door blown off its hinges. The windows of nearby businesses were also shattered by the power of the blast, and debris littered the ground and across the road.

Police swarmed the area and immediately cordoned it off and several ambulances were dispatched.

An AP journalist saw one woman who appeared to be seriously injured being carried into an ambulance but a hospital official said she was "not in critical condition." On its website, the Hurriyet newspaper identified the woman as Didem Tuncay, a television journalist who it said was at the embassy to get a U.S. visa.

The embassy building is heavily protected and located near several other embassies, including that of Germany and France. Hurriyet newspaper said staff at the embassy took shelter in "safe room" inside the compound soon after the explosion.

Phones were not being answered at the embassy later Friday.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland briefed reporters Friday. "We can confirm a terrorist blast at a check point on the perimeter of our embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey, at 1:13 p.m. local time. We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation.We will share more information as it becomes available."

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. consulate in Turkey has advised its citizens in Turkey against visiting its missions until further notice.

Police examined security cameras around the embassy and identified two people who could have been the suicide bomber, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy thanked Turkey for "its solidarity and outrage over the incident."

Kurdish rebels who are fighting for autonomy in the Kurdish-dominated southeast have dramatically stepped up attacks in Turkey over the last year. The United States considers the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a terrorist organization and has helped Turkey in its battle against the group. But the group has not attacked U.S. targets in its nearly 30-year insurgency.

Homegrown Islamic militants tied to Al Qaeda have carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul, Turkey's bustling commercial center. In a 2003 attack on the British consulate, a suspected Islamic militant rammed an explosive-laden pickup truck into the main gate, killing 58 people, including the British consul-general.

In 2008, an attack blamed on Al Qaeda-affiliated militants outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul left three assailants and three policemen dead.

Turkey is also being deeply affected by the brutal civil war in neighboring Syria, and has become a harsh critic of President Bashar Assad's regime there. The war has left at least 60,000 people dead so far, according to the U.N., and Turkey is sheltering tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

The first of six Patriot missile batteries being deployed to Turkey to protect the country against attack from Syria was just declared operational and placed under NATO command. Others are expected to become operational in the coming days.

Direckshun 02-01-2013 08:00 AM

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2...ared-dead?lite

US Embassy compound in Turkey hit by 'terrorist' attack, 3 feared dead
By Richard Engel, Aziz Akyavas and Ian Johnston

A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to the U.S. Embassy compound in Ankara on Friday, killing at least three people, Turkish police sources said.

The bomber got to the first X-ray machine leading to the visa section, the sources added.

U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed and a Turkish citizen was wounded in the blast, which happened at about 1:15 p.m. local time (6:15 a.m. ET), The Associated Press reported.

An AP journalist saw a body in the street outside, but it was unclear whether this was the guard or someone else.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement that there had been a "a terrorist blast."

U.S. officials were "working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation," she added. "We will share more information as it becomes available,” she said.

On Sept. 11 last year, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, prompting concern about security for diplomats.

On Jan. 23, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she took responsibility for not adequately protecting U.S. personnel in Benghazi. Her voice choked with emotion as she remembered the return of "flag-draped caskets" and putting her arms around relatives of those who died.

In Ankara Friday, Turkish television footage showed smoke rising from the area and the heavily damaged door, which led to a side street.

A call to the embassy’s main number at about 2:10 p.m. local time (7:10 a.m. ET) was not answered.

A message on the embassy’s Twitter account at about 7:40 a.m. ET confirmed that an explosion had taken place.

“Appropriate measures were taken,” it added, saying it would provide more information when it became available.

A BBC journalist near the scene, Golnar Motevalli, said police had barricaded the road and she could see three or four ambulances and a fire truck.

She said the situation was "extremely chaotic" and that police sirens were "going off everywhere."

The Associated Press noted groups tied to al-Qaida had attacked U.S. and U.K. consulates in the past:

Quote:

Homegrown Islamic militants tied to al-Qaida have carried out suicide bombings in Istanbul, killing 58, in 2003. The targets were the British consulate, a British bank and two synagogues.

In 2008, an attack blamed on al-Qaida-affiliated militants outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul left three assailants and three policemen dead.

In the November 2003 attack on the British consulate , a suspected Islamic militant rammed an explosive-laden pickup truck into the main gate, killing British Consul-General, Roger Short, and his assistant, Lisa Hallworth.
The State Department says on its website that 15 people who claimed they were associated with al-Qaida were arrested in July 2011 for gathering explosive materials in preparation for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

It adds that this and other incidents "show a willingness on the part of some terrorist groups to attack identifiably Western targets. The possibility of terrorist attacks, from both transnational and indigenous groups, remains high."

The State Department posting said the PKK Kurdish rebel group was the "most active terrorist organization in Turkey." It said the PKK had historically targeted Turkish government and military interests, but had recently "threatened increased violent activity in Turkey’s urban areas, and there is credible information suggesting that it intends to continue targeting tourist areas as well."

Earlier this month, about 400 U.S. personnel arrived at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base to support the deployment of a NATO Patriot missile battery to help defend the country from possible incursions by Syria’s forces during that country’s ongoing civil war.

LiveSteam 02-01-2013 08:00 AM

Al Qaeda = winning

LiveSteam 02-01-2013 08:03 AM

The State department releases a statement
This mornings attack was a terrorist attack. God they are smart

stonedstooge 02-01-2013 08:04 AM

The government ought to let that dude that made that film out of jail and arrest him again

KILLER_CLOWN 02-01-2013 08:36 AM

Good thing we start/control these terrorist groups like Al Ciaduh....WINNING BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

King_Chief_Fan 02-01-2013 08:45 AM

What difference does it make? HC

petegz28 02-01-2013 09:20 AM

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Direckshun 02-01-2013 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by petegz28 (Post 9369895)
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LMAO

blaise 02-01-2013 09:25 AM

This is a feather in Obama's cap.

CoMoChief 02-01-2013 09:35 AM

That embassy must have ran out of scissors.

Sorter 02-01-2013 10:05 AM

It's the anti-Islamic movie's fault.

Frazod 02-01-2013 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by CoMoChief (Post 9369926)
That embassy must have ran out of scissors.

And Obamaphones to call 911.


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