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Explosion Inside US Embassy Compound in Athens (Breaking: Fox News)
Fox ^ | 12 Jan 07 | Fox

Posted on 01/11/2007 9:02:24 PM PST by xzins

Edited on 01/11/2007 10:33:11 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

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To: sageb1

Athens is a funny place. It could be some different kind of terrorist, but I wouldn't bet on it.

It could have been the gas heater, too, for all we know at this point.


51 posted on 01/11/2007 9:20:04 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: Cindy
but there was little other indication of the extent of damage inside

Are the police not allowed inside the embassy? Is that why they don't know the extent of the damage?

52 posted on 01/11/2007 9:20:10 PM PST by The Blitherer (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. -Reagan)
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To: onyx
Muslims.

Gotta be but the Greeks ain't too crazy about the US either. Remember they even had a big protest when Clinton went there.

53 posted on 01/11/2007 9:20:25 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: xzins

Maybe the Serbs are getting revenge on us.


54 posted on 01/11/2007 9:20:49 PM PST by pacelvi
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To: Frank_Discussion

Right!!!


55 posted on 01/11/2007 9:21:29 PM PST by onyx (DONATE NOW! -- It takes DONATIONS to keep FR running!!)
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To: DCBryan1

:>)

I've been beat more often than the living room rug.


56 posted on 01/11/2007 9:21:45 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: daybreakcoming
Remember they even had a big protest when Clinton went there.

Can't fault them for that. ;0)

57 posted on 01/11/2007 9:22:22 PM PST by onyx (DONATE NOW! -- It takes DONATIONS to keep FR running!!)
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To: xzins

photo of embassy in Athens from 2/2006
58 posted on 01/11/2007 9:22:54 PM PST by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (We are going to win!))
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To: daybreakcoming

Didn't they welcome our Americans who were fleeing Lebanon, or was that just Cyprus?


59 posted on 01/11/2007 9:23:25 PM PST by Rte66
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To: bnelson44

ATHENS (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through the U.S. embassy compound in central Athens on Friday, a police source said.

It was not clear what caused the blast and there was no immediate word on whether there were any casualties.

Police cordoned off all roads around the embassy.

Police officials at the scene said that whatever caused the explosion damaged the official embassy sign outside the mission, but there was little other indication of the extent of damage inside.


60 posted on 01/11/2007 9:23:43 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: The Blitherer

The most recent Fox report said, "The blast ripped through the MAIN EMBASSY BUILDING."

They've probably got to get it cleared by a bomb squad and also debris cleared before they can get in.


61 posted on 01/11/2007 9:23:48 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: msnimje

Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it. I mean especially after the sniper video and all.


62 posted on 01/11/2007 9:24:00 PM PST by uptoolate (If it sounds absurd, 51% chance it was sarcasm.)
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To: All

http://www.alaskareport.com/reu77246.htm

"Blast At U.S. Embassy In Athens"

January 12th, 2007

ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The senior police official did not say whether the explosion was set off inside the compound or whether something might have been thrown into the embassy grounds.

Police officials at the scene said that whatever caused the explosion damaged the official embassy sign outside the mission, but there was little other indication of the extent of damage inside.

The tightly guarded building is surrounded by a 3-meter (9-feet)-high steel fence. Guards are posted at every entrance and at street corners around it.

Embassy officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Local residents called in to state television saying they had felt the explosion, which shattered some windows."

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http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1127.html

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http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/news/politics_2309391KathiLev&xml/&aspKath/politics.asp?fdate=11/01/2007


US Embassy
The US Embassy in Athens and the consular services in Thessaloniki will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, a US national holiday.


63 posted on 01/11/2007 9:24:55 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Rte66

If I remember right - they went to Cyprus and then to Athens airport. I honestly don't know how our Americans were received at that time.


64 posted on 01/11/2007 9:26:06 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: xzins

The "good" news is that it appears the explosion happened around 5AM local time, meaning not many people would be there.


65 posted on 01/11/2007 9:26:15 PM PST by jdm
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To: BurbankKarl

Someone blew up the sign? Watching Steve Irwins widow on CNN.....Bless her heart.


66 posted on 01/11/2007 9:26:18 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: daybreakcoming
"Gotta be but the Greeks ain't too crazy about the US either. Remember they even had a big protest when Clinton went there."

IIRC, Greece is the only nation that did not condemn the USSR for shooting down KAL flight 007. I don't have a source for that info, just my memory... as my dad used to take that flight regularly and my wife is Greek.
67 posted on 01/11/2007 9:27:01 PM PST by DocRock
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To: Jrabbit

well, it was the 11th...


68 posted on 01/11/2007 9:27:35 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: Jrabbit

She's very well spoken, isn't she? Steve would be proud.


69 posted on 01/11/2007 9:27:51 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: The Blitherer

It's still breaking news, or so it seems.

Updates can change a story as reporters rush to put
their stories up.


70 posted on 01/11/2007 9:28:28 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Our man in washington

Those Wacky Baptists!


71 posted on 01/11/2007 9:29:17 PM PST by NobleEagle2004 ("You Are The 1st Brigade!"StoneWall Jackson)
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To: All

http://www.tkb.org/Country.jsp?countryCd=GR

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http://wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1030650
AP

January 11th, 2007
"Blast Heard at U.S. Embassy in Athens"
Jan 12th - 12:07am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -


ARTICLE SNIPPET: "State-run NET television, quoting eyewitness reports, said an explosion had occurred inside the main embassy building."


72 posted on 01/11/2007 9:30:37 PM PST by Cindy
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To: xzins
I was stationed in the Embassy for three years, 1992-95. The only real threat at that time was the November 17th terrorist group, which enjoyed some protection from Greek government officials. The only way something could be brought into the main Embassy compound is by an employee, especially at that time of the morning.

Greece has always been lax in terms of security. It has been an entry point to Europe for some Middle Eastern terrorists. Hopefully, more information will become available.

73 posted on 01/11/2007 9:31:19 PM PST by kabar
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To: BurbankKarl

Reports of chaos from embassy personnel.

NFD. (No Further Details)

No back to Bush Bashing.


74 posted on 01/11/2007 9:31:51 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: NobleEagle2004

T'was those pesky Mennonites, it Were!!

Couldn't be Muslim males between the age of 17-45. They would NEVER do something like this!!


75 posted on 01/11/2007 9:32:17 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEM! You'll Look GREAT In A Burqa!)
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To: Jrabbit

Is she on LKL? I missed her on Leno last night because the tab TV show I saw said she and Bindi were going to be on Letterman and I waited thru the whole show, then found out this morning Terri was on Leno - Bindi was too tired to go on with her.

I wondered at the time why in the world they were going to go to NYC the very day they flew in to L.A. Leno made more sense. All I saw was a clip when she broke down crying.


76 posted on 01/11/2007 9:32:51 PM PST by Rte66
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To: tcrlaf

Now they are talking about an RPG being fired from across the street, which makes sense.


77 posted on 01/11/2007 9:33:18 PM PST by kabar
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To: xzins

Phone interview....CNNi

Officials not ruling out anything....more officials leaning toward scenario that this is a RPG terrorist attack launched at Embassy grounds


78 posted on 01/11/2007 9:33:20 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl
well, it was the 11th...

Good catch even if it is already the 12th there. They know it is still 11th here.

79 posted on 01/11/2007 9:33:24 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: daybreakcoming

RPG fired at Embassador's office


80 posted on 01/11/2007 9:34:32 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: daybreakcoming

She really is. Bindi is just like him, I bet.

No embassy breaking news....I guess that's good.


81 posted on 01/11/2007 9:35:09 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: BurbankKarl

oops, Ambassador....

I guess I will never be a court reporter!


82 posted on 01/11/2007 9:35:22 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: NobleEagle2004

Maybe the phyllo dough puffed up too much in the oven, exploding the spanakopita.


83 posted on 01/11/2007 9:35:27 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Rte66

She's on now....Bindi coming up.


84 posted on 01/11/2007 9:36:03 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: xzins

85 posted on 01/11/2007 9:36:13 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: BurbankKarl

Opening Vegas line is 5-3 that the attack was by an Iranian agent, 3-1 a Syrian agent, Palis are longshots at 5-1.


86 posted on 01/11/2007 9:37:02 PM PST by defenderSD (Listens to Dvorak on headphones but tells the kids it's U2.)
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To: kabar

No Kidding:
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2003/06/23/greece_ship030623.html

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061227-082405-8612r

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-91635028.html


87 posted on 01/11/2007 9:37:14 PM PST by FLOutdoorsman (The Man who says it can't be done should not interrupt the man doing it!)
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To: msnimje
Cnn is still the best at getting right on these international stories and often I have to suffer through until Fox gets in the game.

Not sure about CNN International. I pretty much got fed up with it while I was in Denmark. For days they would focus on three stories. The world could come to an end, and they'd be talking about African villages getting wireless internet.

88 posted on 01/11/2007 9:38:15 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity)
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To: defenderSD

Damn Vegas is good


89 posted on 01/11/2007 9:39:45 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: flaglady47
Let's all guess whose behind this.....

I give up. Whose?

90 posted on 01/11/2007 9:39:55 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: kabar; kosta50; Kolokotronis

If you know the embassy, you're the go to guy here.

There's an eyewitness report that the explosion went through the main embassy building.

Others are using the words "explosion in embassy compound."

There's another that mentions only the sign, as if it were an explosion external to the building.

What's your take on this?


91 posted on 01/11/2007 9:40:13 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: All

http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&client=news&q=Greece&ie=ISO-8859-1&scoring=d

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QUOTE - NEWS BRIEF

http://www.forbes.com/business/feeds/afx/2007/01/11/afx3323469.html

Explosion heard within US embassy in Athens - police
01.12.07, 12:16 AM ET




ATHENS (XFN-ASIA) - Greek police sealed off one of Athens' main avenues after a loud explosion was heard inside the US embassy building, police and fire department sources told Agence France-Presse.

Four fire engines rushed to the scene, amid reports that the explosion struck the embassy's third floor at 5:55 am (0355 GMT), the fire department said.


92 posted on 01/11/2007 9:40:52 PM PST by Cindy
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To: BurbankKarl

No $hit? RPG?


93 posted on 01/11/2007 9:41:21 PM PST by processing please hold (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: SevenofNine
They're good in Vegas...they have a line there on everything. If you want to bet on something, it's the place to go...lol.
94 posted on 01/11/2007 9:41:28 PM PST by defenderSD (Listens to Dvorak on headphones but tells the kids it's U2.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Alexander did it?


95 posted on 01/11/2007 9:41:43 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: xzins

They're also saying the 3rd floor.


96 posted on 01/11/2007 9:41:48 PM PST by Rte66
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To: Cindy

I'm exposing my ignorance.....but would anyone be there that early in the morning?


97 posted on 01/11/2007 9:42:04 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: BurbankKarl; xzins
BBC reporting:

Explosion rocks US Greek embassy

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Friday, 12 January 2007, 05:18 GMT

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Explosion rocks US Greek embassy
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An explosion has rocked the US embassy compound in the Greek capital, Athens, police say.

Police have surrounded the heavily-guarded building and cordoned off the area.

There was no immediate information about what caused the blast, and no word on any damage or injuries.

Fire engines rushed to the scene amid reports of an explosion at the heavily-fortified building in the centre of the city.

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We always need a map!


98 posted on 01/11/2007 9:42:08 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: FLOutdoorsman

It could very well be November 17th, which has had some of its members arrested. The Ambassador's office is on the main street side on the top floor to the left of the Great Seal in the front of the building. More than likely, it was aimed at his office. The Greek State Opera House is located next to the Embassy.


99 posted on 01/11/2007 9:42:20 PM PST by kabar
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To: xzins

Nah...the muzzies are probably mad that Alexander STARTED a fight! (NO I don't know much about history, but muzzies are mad always about SOMETHING!)


100 posted on 01/11/2007 9:42:50 PM PST by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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