At 1pm local time Friday a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing at least one guard and injuring two others. Turkish officials say the bomber belonged to a radical leftist organization, Ecevit Shanli, a member of DHKP-C, a Marxist Leninist terror group.
The Washington Times reports that the group is vehemently ”anti-NATO” and “anti-Turkish establishment,” with the goal of establishing a socialist state, according to State Department documents.
The attacks come as especially unwelcome for the U.S. which is facing tensions in the region with Turkey’s neighbor Syria, and threats for retaliation from Al Qaeda for U.S. and Europe intervention in Mali.
Author and former CIA intelligence officer Michael Scheuer joined ‘Real News‘ to discuss the attack, and threats the U.S. still faces in the muslim world: