William Katz:  Urgent Agenda






ATTACK AT U.S. EMBASSY, TURKEY – AT 8:32 A.M. ET:  Reports are still not entirely clear, but a suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the gate of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, today, killing himself (or herself) and at least one embassy guard.  There are reports that a second guard might have also been killed. From AP:

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.

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.

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

The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules, said police had examined security cameras around the embassy and had identified two people who could have been the suicide bomber.

This is Hillary Clinton's last day as secretary of state.   It is speculation, but I wonder if this attack was a greeting to the new secretary, John Kerry. 

The guard killed was an embassy employee, the fifth employee of an American embassy to be killed in recent months.  If there was a second guard killed, it is the sixth.

This occurs a day after Al Qaeda made chilling threats against the United States, carried on one of its official websites.  The threats said that we would be attacked at home once again.

Welcome, Secretary Kerry.  We hope you're up to it.

February 1,  2013