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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
U.S Embassy in Damascus Attacked
"I saw two men in plain clothes and armed with grenades and automatic weapons. They ran toward the compound shouting religious slogans while firing their automatic rifles."
Those are the words of Ayman Abdel-Nour, a Syrian political commentator who was in the area of the U.S Embassy in Damascus, Syria this morning when terrorists attempted to blow up our Embassy with two car bombs.
Reports are still mixed but it appears that there were four terrorists; Syrian security guards killed three of them and the fourth is being interrogated after sustaining some wounds. One car bomb exploded with little effect on the Embassy but one Syrian guard was killed. There were also approximately 11 bystanders near the Embassy, some were killed and some wounded either when the one car was successfully detonated by the terrorists or in the ensuing 30-minute fire fight between the Syrian security guards and the terrorists.
The large walled compound that houses the U.S Embassy is located in an 'Embassy Row' type of district in Damascus; the Chinese and British Embassies are nearby -- one Chinese diplomat was, in fact, reportedly wounded by a stray bullet as the Syrian police fought with the terrorists. The U.S. Ambassador to Syria was not in residence, Ambassador Peter Ford had been recalled to Washington in February of 2005 after Syria was implicated in the death of Rafiq Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister.
The terrorists involved in this attack, according to Ambassador Ford in a CNN telephone interview this morning, are apparently not likely to be directly connected with al Qaeda. Ambassador Ford said that, judging from their tactics, this appeared to be just a small group of terrorists operating on their own.
The car bombs themselves were described as small vans containing explosives and gas cylinders in the backs.
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