Turkey Says Marxists Behind Embassy Attack
White House calls it 'clearly an act of terror'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2013 2:30 PM CST
Map locates Ankara, Turkey, site of a U.S. embassy explosion.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Turkish authorities say they know who's behind the bombing of the US embassy in Ankara—and it's not the usual suspects. They identified the suicide bomber as Ecevit Shanli, a member of a Marxist militant group called the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, the Hill reports. The group has no ties to Islamist militants, one former US ambassador to Turkey says. It has previously denounced the government as controlled by "western imperialists."

"If it was this group, they are the least likely terrorist organization in the entire Middle East to respond to the Israelis storming Syria or something happening in Egypt," the ex-ambassador says. "These guys are part of the European, Marxist, urban worldview … of guys with beards and coffee houses on the Rive Gauche in Paris." In a press briefing this afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the bombing was "by definition a terrorist attack," heading off a rerun of the controversy around the Benghazi consulate attack. The blast killed a guard, along with the bomber.

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Feb 2, 2013 3:26 PM CST
Of course the US admitted this was a terror attack. Just as Jay Carney said, it is one by definition: the explosion occurred at the perimeter of our Embassy. Why, then, was it so dfficult for the regime to admit the Benghazi attacks were terror attacks? There, it happened in the muddle of our "special mission"? Just because that mission was distributing weapons to Islamic Jihadists for use in Syria, did that make it any less of a terror target? Barry and Hillary are such liars. Too bad Barry didn't leave with Hillary. Now we have John Kerry, who also hates the US military. What a country!!!
Feb 2, 2013 12:32 AM CST
Please bring more Benghazi talk. Hillary approval at record high, thanks to you douche-baggers. Keep flapping those inbred gums,
Feb 1, 2013 7:18 PM CST
It sure looks like the Benghazi immediate report....throw something out there without anything to back it up for facts.