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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

U.S. Consulate attacked in Turkey by Suspected al-Qaida Militants

A gun battle that left three attackers and three officers dead outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul is being labeled as a terrorist attack. This, coming on the heels of suicide bombings in the Capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan has me thinking that Islam may be positioning to pull in the periphery nations into the grip of Militant Islam so that they may launch a move against The West.

The shootout in Turkey scattered the people that were waiting in line for visas at the U.S. Consulate, which was built in the first place because of homegrown Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida carrying out suicide bombings in 2003 that targeted two synagogues, the British Consulate and a British bank in Istanbul. Those attacks killed 58 people. The four armed and bearded terrorists emerged from a car on the roadway and were running toward a guard post outside the U.S. Consulate when the gun fight began. The U.S. security personnel went inside the Consulate because they're were "not authorized to engage in armed action on Turkish soil." (Kind of reminds me of our Border Patrol agents not being allowed to engage with the incoming illegals - the logic escapes me - if they can't engage, then why are they called security personnel?)

This attack comes as Iran tests Missiles capable of reaching U.S. and Israeli bases.

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