Attack on U.S. Embassy in Turkey

On Friday February 1, 2013, a suicide bomber detonated himself inside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey killing himself, a security guard, and seriously injuring a journalist. The police identified the bomber as Ecevit Sanli, a member of the Turkish Leftist Group: Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C). The group took responsibility for the attack Saturday morning and accused the U.S. of enslaving Turkey and calling the U.S. a murderer.

Sanli, who has been incarcerated previously for terrorist acts, made it through security at the Embassy by using a fake form of identification, demanding to pass through security and upon being denied, detonating himself as well as a hand grenade. The group he was a part of, the DHKP-C, is listed as a terrorist group by the U.S.. The DHKP-C was formed in 1978 and who now is very much against the storing of NATO missiles on Turkish soil.  NATO claims the missiles are there to protect Turkey from the war in Syria as well as contain it. Missiles are also being kept in the Netherlands and Germany as well as Turkey.

Turkey responded to the attack with a statement from Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called it an attack “against the peace and welfare of our country.” The U.S. responded with statement from the White House calling this attack an “act of terror”.

After the Embassy attack in Benghazi, Is this attack in Turkey a wake up call for the United States? Maybe a reform of security measures to offer more protection for our embassies and ambassadors abroad are in order.

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