Amid ongoing opposition to the Turkish government’s cooperation with Syrian rebels, speculation is growing in Turkey that Syria may have had a hand in the February 1 suicide bombing attack at the US Embassy in Ankara.
An outlawed radical-leftist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (known in Turkey by its acronym DHKP/C), has claimed responsibility for the attack. In a long, rambling statement posted on the DHKP/C’s website, the group cited the recent deployment of NATO’s Patriot anti-missile system along the Turkish-Syrian border as a reason for its embassy attack.
The group threatened to carry out further attacks against American targets. An anonymous US embassy official quoted by Turkish media said that the threat is being taken seriously.
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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.