Skip to comments.US can't rule out al Qaeda in Istanbul attack - (video at the Reuters Website)
Posted on 07/09/2008 1:16:38 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday condemned the attack on its consulate in Istanbul and a State Department spokesman said he could neither confirm nor rule out al Qaeda involvement.
Three Turkish police officers and three gunmen were killed in the attack at the compound.
"The United States condemns the terrorist attack that took place on our consulate general in Istanbul earlier today," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
Reports in Turkey said al Qaeda involvement was suspected.
"At this point one can't rule that out, but I also can't support at this point, those suspicions," McCormack said. "We're continuing our efforts to work with the Turkish government to determine who is responsible for it."
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It strikes me as a rather odd attack. Three or four gunmen could not possibly have thought they could take the US consulate or even get inside and do any serious damage. Very strange. I wonder what the point of it was?
The article really quotes 'the US' as not having a clue as to who's responsible.
It could just as easily read, "US can't rule out Martians in Istanbul attack."
The story is, to me, that we don't have the intel to have any idea what's about to happen, or once it has happened, no feelers on the street to really know what happened after the fact either.
As for reading too much into the motives of the gunmen, who 'should've known' that they wouldn't be successful...I wouldn't attribute critical thinking to 'Islamic gunmen.'
Intuition tells me if they locate the van which fled the scene, they may see that it was in fact only an in home carpet showing gone terribly wrong.
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