By The Right Scoop


UPDATE: Walid Phares believes this is either the work of Al Qaeda or Hezbollah via Iran:

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I’m sure Obama will vow to get to the bottom of this just like he did Benghazi.

FOX NEWS – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the outside perimeter of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Friday, officials said, in a terrorist attack believed to be the work of either Al Qaeda or a proxy for Iran.

According to U.S. military sources, a Turkish national was killed in the attack in Ankara — the bomber is also thought to be dead. All U.S. staff are safe at this time, though the U.S. consulate in Turkey reportedly has advised Americans in the country against visiting U.S. missions for the time being. …

The State Department is working with the Turkish government to investigate.

“We can confirm a terrorist blast at a check point on the perimeter of our embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday. “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.”

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.

Police swarmed the area and several ambulances were dispatched. An AP journalist saw one woman who appeared to be seriously injured being carried into an ambulance.

The working presumption at this time is that it was Al Qaeda or a proxy for Iran behind the attack — not Kurdish separatists or the Kurdish party PKK, because PKK has never directly attacked or threatened U.S. interests in Turkey.

FOX NEWS

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  • TickedWhiteDude

    What difference does it make?

  • sjmom

    My, my what is going on, and to think Erdogan is Obama’s best friend in the world? Well, at least we know already the adminstration’s response:WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??!!

    The foreign policy of the Obama administration is dangerous to the health of every American, whether home or abroad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the guard whose life was lost serving our govt.

    • Orangeone

      Well that was Hitlary’s phrase, wonder what Kerry will come up with?

  • anneinarkansas

    Hold on to your hats, folks. With Hagel as Secretary of Defense (Yikes!!!!) the action is just beginning.

  • Conniption Fitz

    Hmm – US Pentagon may be buying oil (indirectly) from Iran for Afghanistan operation:
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/01/31/pentagon_doesn_t_know_if_it_s_buying_iranian_oil_in_afghanistan

    Hypocrisy, moral compromise is a signature of the Obama administration.

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    But Obama said the War on Terror was over? You mean, he lied? Say it ain’t so. I’m just stunned anybody lisens to the guy anymore.

    • Nukeman60

      What guy? Who? The king is dead. Long live the King!

  • Watchman74

    I wonder if Obama will bother to say anything, or just go for a little skeet shooting instead.

    • Orangeone

      I haven’t heard a peep

  • colliemum

    Just another bump in the road, nothing to worry about.
    And the POS can now go on teleprompter and vow to ‘punish’ the perps.

    Anybody noticed how much he loves talking about punishing people?

    • Orangeone

      Yup and the only ones to be punished are American taxpayers

  • deeme

    Wow I can hear the headlines..”EVeryone still loves the King”…Luckily some of our kids are learning Arabic , so they will know how to plead for their lives..

  • Nukeman60

    Obviously, we haven’t bowed low enough. It was our responsibility to attack Israel for their transgressions against the peaceful nation of Syria and therefore we must be punished. (/sarc off)

    There was a time when it was an outrage to attack US soil, no matter where that soil was in the world, and a swift and decisive retaliation would have been in order. Now, the world stands and draws a line in the sand at our doorstep (using their own urine to draw with).

    Hagel and Kerry sound like the perfect selections for Sec of Def and Sec of State. After all, with an incompetent in the WhiteHouse, why would we want anything less in other important roles in the cabinet.

  • mikeinidaho

    Now that al-Queda sees what a true friend they have in Obama, watch for more bombings all over the world, just like this. They are singing “Oh what a friend we have in Barry” and “put another bomb on the property because our friend Barry won’t do a thing”.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    It doesn’t seem the muslims of the world have taken a shine to obama and the US like he suggested they would more than four years ago!

    • sDee

      I do not think this is so much an attack on the US as it is the beginning of a fear and intimidation campaign against the Turkish citizens.

      Turkey is a “muslim” country but secular, and its culture is mixed deep in the roots of the West. The people are very pro-American, and capitalistic but Erdogan is supported by Obama to reverse all of this.

      Erdogan needs to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. A warning against those who have western/American ideas. This will lead to a popular vote for more concessions to the islamists.

      This is not all that unlike the other “arab spring like” subversions carried out by the US administration.

  • sDee

    Turkey is 99% muslim but the people themselves remain generally secular under the policies put in place by Ataturk, who built firewalls against sharia anfd the islamists. The Turkish people are pro-American, pro capitalist but dangerous changes are underway since islamist Obama and Erdogan have aligned.

    This bombing is an ugly sign that the fear and intimidation has begun. The goal of course is to instill enough fear that the people will accept concession and appeasement of the islamists.

    Given the genocides of Armenian Christians by muslim Turkey through modern history, this should be quite troubling – but crickets in the media and pulpits……

    Jan 29th: Marissa Kucuk was a little old Armenian lady who lived on her own in Samatya (pictured above), a picturesque neighbourhood of Istanbul where Christians and Muslims used to rub along peacefully. On December 28th Ms Kucuk, 85, was found dead in her apartment. She had been stabbed, repeatedly. Relatives said a crucifix was carved onto her naked corpse

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/charlemagne/2013/01/turkeys-armenians

    Erdogan is about to make his big move:
    Erdogan says can seek referendum on Turkey constitution if no deal
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/us-turkey-constitution-idUSBRE90T12N20130130

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3V2BVIDXBB7HOKPRQRZCBZH74 TIMERUNNER

    As Mrs Clinton was so eloquent to say in her eloquent way, with arms wide open in motion and pounding on the furniture, “What Difference Does It Make?”. She clearly does not know or care but to us working and dieing Americans it means a hell of a lot.

  • hbnolikeee

    I hear some dang tough sanctions. He goin’ to tro dem sum woopin’ !

  • DCGere

    But I thought Al Qaeda was “decimated”? Hope our other embassies are on high alert. Doubt this is the end of any bombings.

  • Orangeone

    You have to wonder what it will take for those posted at embassies to bail on the boy-king.