February 01, 2013
US Embassy in Ankara Turkey Attacked
UPDATE: Radical Leftists Suspected
No Americans Hurt
A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said.It would fit with the recent pattern of attacks against US interests by various al-Qaeda aligned groups. Syrian Jihadists Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda in Iraq are in the closest proximity.
U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed in the 1:15 p.m. blast, and a Turkish citizen was wounded.
The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance of the embassy, but did not do damage inside the embassy itself. Footage showed that the door had been blown off its hinges and debris littered the ground and across the road. An Associated Press journalist saw a body in the street in front of an embassy side entrance.
There was a threat of new terrorist attacks against the US, France and others posted yesterday on the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum as well. At the time I dismissed it as propaganda, however this attack does not appear to have met the expectations there as the planned attacks predicted to be strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying..
So, expect more attempts and hope they fail also fail to meet al-Qaeda's hopes and expectations. And also, you know, we might want to give a little payback.
The other thought that crosses my mind is that it might be Iranian or retaliation for Israel's failure to tolerate Syrian missiles being transferred the Hezbollah.
We'll update when we know know more.
Hat Tip: Stardrawn.
UPDATE by Rusty: The news out of Turkey is that a member of the radical leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front was behind the ... suicide-bombing? That's a tactic one usually associates with one of Allah's shaheeds hoping for 72 virgins, not some godless communist who expects oblivion.
The suspect is Ecevit Şanlı who was involved in a previous bombing of a Turkish police station, but who was later released from jail when he was diagnosed with Wernicke Korsakoff syndrome. Yeah, I had to look that up, apparently Wernicke Korsakoff's causes "vision changes, ataxia and impaired memory." So, maybe in addition to hating the capitalist-imperialists pigs he just had nothing much of a life going for him?
I still haven't heard who the victim of the bombing was. Given that the bomb went off outside the embassy, it's likely that person killed was a Turkish security guard.
UPDATE II by Rusty: As suspected, it was a Turkish guard who was killed:
A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the outside perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Friday, killing himself and an embassy guard in a terrorist attack whose motives are under investigation...
According to U.S. military sources, the other individual killed in the Ankara attack was a Turkish national. All U.S. staff are safe at this time, though the U.S. consulate in Turkey has advised Americans in the country against visiting U.S. missions for the time being.