Breaking: Suicide attack on US embassy in Ankara kills two

posted at 8:01 am on February 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

An unknown group targeted the US embassy in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, with an explosive device.  At least two security guards were killed in the explosion and an unknown number of people wounded:

A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday and at least two people are dead, a police official said.

An Associated Press journalist saw a body in the street in front of an embassy side entrance. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the entrance of the visa section of the embassy.

Several ambulances were dispatched to the area. An AP journalist saw at least one woman who appeared to be seriously injured being carried into an ambulance.

Private NTV television said two security guards at the entrance were killed.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, and it may not be clear yet exactly what the motive is.  Turkey has active terrorist groups both for radical Islam and Kurdish autonomy, although it’s probably not likely that the latter would target the US.  On the other hand, al-Qaeda and its affiliates usually go for more dramatic attacks, with multiple bombings and better penetration of targets.  The image from CNN shows significant damage to the entrance, but it doesn’t appear that anyone exploited it in a follow-up attack.

CNN is also reporting that this was a suicide-bombing attack.

Update: A bit more from CBS:

CNN’s Turkish service said witnesses had seen the bomber approach the building and enter a gate to the fortified compound. It wasn’t clear whether the bomber entered the building before detonating their explosives.

The switchboard for the U.S. Embassy is operated out of Istanbul. A switchboard operator told CBS News the embassy staff had taken cover following the explosion, explaining why nobody answered phones at the Ankara building.

The U.S. Embassy is located in the heart of Ankara. Photos and video broadcast by Turkish television showed significant damage to a wall and what appeared to be a bullet-proof window in the embassy.

In considering suspects, it might not be too bad to keep this in mind, too:

CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former deputy director in the National Intelligence Director’s office, says al Qaeda will be one of the first groups considered as suspect in the attack, but he also notes the recent Israeli airstrike in Syria, for which Damascus and its staunch ally Iran vowed to retaliate. …

“Iran, in terms of retribution, would stack Israel and the U.S. together,” says Miller.

Don’t forget that the US and Germany deployed troops and defensive systems to the Turkey-Syria border after a rocket attack from Syria late last year, too.  That may have angered any number of radical groups, as well as Syria and Iran.

We’ll have more on this as it comes.


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Don’t they know its Hillary’s last day in office…..

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Two days ago, Al Qaeda published a threat to the US, France, and other Western countries promising “huge, devastating” attacks that would begin soon.

Yesterday, our future Secretary of Defence, a BUMBLING IDIOT, had his first confirmation.

Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day as Secretary of State.

Then, this news broke.

(No info on whether a youtube video is the responsible culprit, but I’m sure that we will find out when our Preezy addresses us from the Rose Garden Throne Room. /)

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

An unknown group…

I didn’t know Turkey had Amish.

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

#SmartPower!

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

I didn’t know Turkey had Amish.

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

I blame Mensa.

Ed Morrissey on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Via twitchy

No events at white house except for a vogue photo shoot

For Michelle or dear leader?

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, and it may not be clear yet exactly what the motive is.

Why do I get the impression that the folks at Foggy Bottom are scouring YouTube for something to blame this on? Can’t have Hillary, the smartest SecState ever, leave office with our embassies being blown up now can we?

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

This is why I steer clear of the local Buddhist temple.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I blame Mensa.

Ed Morrissey on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Death count is 3, Ed. I always mentally subtract one for the terrorist but a mensa member like yourself should put the full count in the headline.

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

No events at white house except for a vogue photo shoot

For Michelle or dear leader?

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

This ought to be interesting. It’s a Friday. Will the rat-eared bastard break with the schedule and talk about the embassy attack with his new SecState standing next to him? Or will he simply skip off to Camp David for a weekend of skeet shooting?

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Don’t they know its Hillary’s last day in office…..

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM

I guess they figured what difference at this point does it make. Not sure where they’d get that idea though.

Doughboy on February 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Death count is 3, Ed. I always mentally subtract one for the terrorist but a mensa member like yourself should put the full count in the headline.

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

When suicide attack is in the headline doesn’t that give you the plus one you are whining about?

For that matter why should some Muslim stupid enough to “take one for the team” get equal billing with two security personnel whose only crime was going to work?

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I didn’t know Turkey had Amish.

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Easy there, us Amish are mostly peaceful.

#AintGonnaDoBarkyCare

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

State Dept. combing YouTube for cause.

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I guess they figured what difference at this point does it make.

Doughboy on February 1, 2013 at 8:13 AM

I see what you did there! LOL

But seriously, this will be John Kerry’s first test in his new job. It will be interesting to see how he responds.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Easy there, us Amish are mostly peaceful.

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Mostly? I’ve seen Amish Mafia.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Not so happy this morning ?

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

State Dept. combing YouTube for cause.

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I’ll probably get into trouble since the boss has a comment up too. But this is a clear thread winner.

hawkdriver on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Dear Leader inherited this as well, I’m sure.

Booooooooosh!

hillbillyjim on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

It wasn’t AQ.

The media said obama killed them all.

hawkdriver on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I see what you did there! LOL

But seriously, this will be John Kerry’s first global test in his new job. It will be interesting to see how he responds.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM

FIFY using the man’s own words

Doughboy on February 1, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Obama Responds:

“Warm up Air Force One, we be going to Vegas.”

fogw on February 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Bumps in the road. Now about those skeet…

ghostwalker1 on February 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Inquiring minds want to know happy nomad

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

not optimal
can be absorbed
what difference does it make
workplace violence

tom daschle concerned on February 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I blame Mensa.

Ed Morrissey on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Good morn, Ed. Have you seen this?

A long-time Capitol Hill Democrat astounded by the Hagel hearing told Jennifer Rosen:

“It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.”

…of course, the astounded, “long-time Capitol Hill Democrat” could be Hank “Guam Might Tip Over And Capsize” Johnson and I’m pretty sure that he won’t even be bringing the red ants to the next Mensa picnic.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Kerry will toss a few cheap medals over the wall and that will be it.

docflash on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Another incident of workplace violence, which shows how badly we need an AWB. /

Liam on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

It wasn’t AQ.

The media said obama killed them all.

hawkdriver on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Hahaha! He kilt em all wif his boney bare hands! And Mooche’s bangs. Bang Bang.

Key West Reader on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Not so happy this morning ?

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Not particularly. Sticky bun not coming soon enough.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

2nd that HN @8:16

+1 doughboy

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Obama Responds:

“Warm up Air Force One ‘White Suburban (sic) One,’ we be going to Vegas.”

fogw on February 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Dude, don’t you want him to go find the “REAL” Ankara Embassy killers?

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

What does it matter?

CycloneCDB on February 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Kerry will toss a few cheap medals over the wall and that will be it.

docflash on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM

But will the press be bold enough to ask John Kerry “Why the long face?”

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM

It wasn’t AQ.

The media said obama killed them all.

hawkdriver on February 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

He thought they were skeet.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM

State Dept. combing YouTube for cause.

Electrongod on February 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Found it. If you would be so kind as to forward this to the gubment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrXZInFEtHE

Bishop on February 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Sticky bun not coming soon enough.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Eww.

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:28 AM

My guess is that it might be those evil Christians again….?

Don L on February 1, 2013 at 8:31 AM

It could also be PKK, or one of the other kurdish groups. But I highly doubt it. Over the years, we’ve made a lot of enemies in that part of world. (Too Many to list.)

flackcatcher on February 1, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Sticky bun not coming soon enough.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 8:24 AM
Eww.

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Think you missed that one,
Go to VW SB ad thread. Mon.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Via twitchy

No events at white house except for a vogue photo shoot

For Michelle or dear leader?

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Was the photo-op part of the package that Anna Wintrour promised (in additions to the fund-raising) in exchange for an ambassadorship to Great Britain?

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Ot:7.9%

-msdnc excited about the uptick more people looking for work

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

For Michelle or dear leader?

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

He’s definitely in it. I’m not sure if Michelle and/or the girls are, too.

In UNEXPECTEDLY-UNEXPECTED-E1111eV3nTy!!!111!!! News…

The unemployment rate has gone UP to 7.9%.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Ooooh good question onlineanalyst

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

My second guess is that is obviously violence caused by climate change as codified by our leftist friends.
If the GOP didn’t hate science so much, this all could have been avoided.

Don L on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Msdnc excited about all the revisions since Nov

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Ot:7.9%

-msdnc excited about the uptick more people looking for work

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Maybe there are, but they ain’t gonna find much with the economy shrinking.

Doughboy on February 1, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Turkey…..hmm. Ever since the more Islamic govt. took over from the strict secularists, antagonism against the US has been building among the local populace. The turkish govt. encourages anti-Americanism. That combined with local loon squad are probably behind this attack. I doubt Iran was involved. Lets see what happens.

tommy71 on February 1, 2013 at 8:37 AM

In UNEXPECTEDLY-UNEXPECTED-E1111eV3nTy!!!111!!! News…

The unemployment rate has gone UP to 7.9%.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:35 AM

REID !! WHERE’S REID ? I wanna talk to you.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Go to VW SB ad thread. Mon.

Jabberwock on February 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Oh. Thanks. Life’s too short.

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Pay attention to this tidbit, too:

Alarabiya.net English ^ | February 1, 2013 | By Al Arabiya with Reuters

US Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Al-Khatib during a European trip in coming days and will discuss U.S. concerns about the Syrian conflict with Russia as well, White House officials said on Thursday.

It would be the highest-level U.S. meeting with the Syrian opposition, which is fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in a 22-month-old war that has killed more than 60,000 people and forced more than 700,000 to flee Syria, according to the United Nations.

Biden is due to meet khatib on Saturday in Munich on the margins of a security conference, where the U.S. vice president is also due to deliver a speech, the officials said.

“The position of the United States is focused on supporting an end to the Assad regime, which is why we have a significant amount of pressure applied on the Assad regime through sanctions and other means, while at the same time we’re working to bolster a Syrian Opposition Council that we recognize as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” Ben Rhodes, U.S. deputy national security adviser, said in a conference call with reporters.

onlineanalyst on February 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

uhhhhm, what does it matter?

Slade73 on February 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Hillary goes out with a bang!

Kerry will take pains to make sure people understand that this didn’t happen on his watch.

gordo on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Tru dat doughboy

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Ot:7.9%

-msdnc excited about the uptick more people looking for work

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Unemployed Dec-12: 12.206 million

Unemployed Jan-13: 12,332 million

Not in labour force Dec-12: 88.839 million

Not in labour force Jan-13: 89.008 million

Participation rate remained at 58.6%.

MSNBC might want to consider the possibility that people may be looking for jobs because they’ve run out of unemployment benefits because there is no dynamism in the economic and employment areas for them to get all excited about…save for their Palace Media Guard roles.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

It’s a response to the Volkswagen Jamaican accent ad. Volkswagen CEO to be incarcerated indefinitely.

Trafalgar on February 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Good point rwm….msdnc gotta prop up the one

cmsinaz on February 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hillary goes out with a bang!

Kerry will take pains to make sure people understand that this didn’t happen on his watch.

gordo on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Goodness, we can hardly hold Kerry responsible for this. He was probably busy moving his yacht down from Massachusetts to avoid taxes again….
I still go with climate change as the culprit….

Don L on February 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Was this a spontaneous protest?

mythicknight on February 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

So the bomber was able to get INSIDE the security gate. Boy, our state department is doing a bang up job at protecting our embassies. Does this buck stop with Hillary too? Or is this another “what difference does it make now” event. For the Love of God, why can’t we get security right?

scalleywag on February 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

This is consistent with what Karl Denninger posted on Wednesday.

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

for radical Islam

How quaint and old fashioned. I guess that is to distinguish it from the religion of peace and tolerance. Where did that peace and tolerance one go?

BL@KBIRD on February 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Damn that YouTube video. Damn it.

Paul-Cincy on February 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Yeppers.

Obama: I Built Tha…Um, Er, Ah, No, Republicans Built That!

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Hillary goes out with a bang!

gordo on February 1, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Boy, our state department is doing a bang up job at protecting our embassies. Does this buck stop with Hillary too?

scalleywag on February 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Careful you two. Using the word bang and references to the Clintons has been outlawed by Executive Orders! Can’t have the name of the woman who did a better job running the State Department than Thomas Jefferson or Cordell Hull to be sullied in any fashion. She is our future President, after all. She was the absolute best of the Secretaries of State (or as our rat-eared dictator puts it Secretary of States).

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Jay Carney prepping blame- GOP/Sequestration V 2.0

hillsoftx on February 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

BREAKING: President Obama will hold a press conference shortly to assure the American people that whichever amateur filmmaker who put together the YouTube video responsible for this attack will swiftly be brought to justice.

steebo77 on February 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

8.5 MILLION AMERICANS LEFT THE LABOUR FORCE IN OBAMA’S FIRST TERM

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent.

Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force.

THIS NUMBER NOW STANDS AT A STAGGERING 89.008 MILLION, UP FROM 80.5 MILLION WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE.

This means that THERE ARE CURRENTLY 8.5 MILLION MORE AMERICANS NOT IN THE LABOR FORCE THAN JUST FOUR YEARS AGO.

Forget all the other numbers.

This continued explosion of people not in the labor force should be tremendously concerning as it represents an obstacle for the government to ever balance the budget without drastically raising taxes on those still working.

Unexpectedly.

Of course.

Resist We Much on February 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Not Amish. Islamish.

Tc0061 on February 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Explosion at US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

Photo: Damage to US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, following reported explosion – @HidirTok

3 hours ago from twitter.com/HidirTok by editor
====================================================

https://twitter.com/HidirTok/status/297305284282552320/photo/1

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/explosion-at-us-embassy-in-ankara-turkey

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Video: Scene outside US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey – @HDNER

2 hours ago from http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com by editor
========================================================

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?PageID=428&VideoID=468

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Update: US State Dept. does not yet have any details on the Ankara explosion, can’t immediately confirm any attack, spokesman tells @NBCNews

2 hours ago by editor
==========================

British consulate-general to Turkey says blast at the US Embassy in capital Ankara was a ‘suspected terrorist attack’ – @Reuters

1 hour ago from http://www.chicagotribune.com by editor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-turkey-usa-blast-britainbre9100oj-20130201,0,7783730.story
==========================================

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

U.S. warns citizens against visiting Turkey missions after blast http://reut.rs/XsygRo

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

All US Marine embassy security guards stationed at the embassy in Ankara are unharmed and accounted for – @NBCNews

3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Breaking: Suicide attack on US embassy in Ankara kills two

Ed, Ed, Ed. Why are you reporting the news? You’re mucking up the ‘everything’s fine’ meme for Barack.

Tsk, tsk.

madmonkphotog on February 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

You mean another one of our embassies was attacked?

It couldnt be that when Obama did nothing but lie and blather after Bengazi, terrorists were emboldened?

The total lack of leadership in the White House is going to end up getting a lot of Americans killed….i fear that its only a matter of time before something happens on US soil.

alecj on February 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Breaking: Suicide attack on US embassy in Ankara kills two

The White House has released a statement, indicating that the cause of the attack was attributed to an obscure, amateur video that mocked Islamic prophet Mohammed. Additionally, the administration has provided a cartoon depicting very realistic stick figures rioting.

In a related story, Dianne Feinstein has announced that she will introduce hard-hitting legislation to ban suicide bombing. When reached for comment, she remarked that, “it’s high time that we address the problem of suicide bombing, with some common-sense legislation to stem the epidemic. It’s my sincere wish, that this will be the first step, with the ultimate goal of confiscation of all suicide bombs.” Joe Biden intends to tour the planet, to pitch this vital legislation to all terrorists.

realitycheck on February 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

***Alert ****

A Leftist Domestic Group,…..get the Boink out of here!
(sarc)

The Associated Press ‏@AP

BREAKING: Turkish minister says US Embassy bomber connected to domestic leftist group. -BW

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

canopfor on February 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Note to Foggy Bottom: Read Ankara diplomatic cables.

/paging Genghis Kerry

Terp Mole on February 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

I blame Mensa.

Ed Morrissey on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

They aren’t smart enough. :)

chemman on February 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

US Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with Syrian opposition…
onlineanalyst on February 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

So any hope for the Syrian opposition is pretty much hosed…

Bruno Strozek on February 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I blame Mensa.

Ed Morrissey on February 1, 2013 at 8:05 AM

They aren’t smart enough. :)

chemman on February 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Densa?

Del Dolemonte on February 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Death count is 3, Ed. I always mentally subtract one for the terrorist but a mensa member like yourself should put the full count in the headline.
gh on February 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

What difference does it make?

jawkneemusic on February 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

…FOREWARD!

KOOLAID2 on February 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Video protest!

The Schaef on February 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM