The US and Turkish governments are working in unison to investigate the most recent attack on a US Embassy.
The US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, was attacked by a suicide bomber early Friday. According to official reports, both the bomber and an embassy guard died in “a terrorist attack whose motives are under investigation.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle , the attack, which many thought was the work of either Al Queda or a “proxy for Iran,” was actually carried out by, “an outlawed Marxist group” known as the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday on Turkey’s HaberTurk television network, “It is my principle to speak only after receiving the final result, but I can say clearly that it is DHKP-C.”
The DHKP-C has been designated a “terrorist organization” by both the US and the European Union. FOX News reports that according to US military sources the embassy guard was killed in the attack was a Turkish national, and that reports indicate “all US staff are safe at this time.” However, the US consulate in Turkey is advising any and all Americans in the country not to visit any of the US missions in the country for the time being.
The Turkish government and the US State Department are working together to investigate the attack, which comes almost 5 months after the assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. a spokeswoman for the State Department, Victoria Nuland said in a statement, “We can confirm a terrorist blast at a check point on the perimeter of our embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey. “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,” and the US Embassy released a statement saying, “The US Embassy would like to thank the Turkish Government, the media, and members of the public for their expressions of solidarity and outrage over the incident.”