Signs of Syria's Hand in Attack on US Embassy in Turkey
Police and forensic swarm the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey on February 1, 2013 after a blast killed a security guard. The force of the explosion damaged nearby buildings in the neighborhood where many other state institutions and embassies are also located. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
February 7, 2013
| Security
| Europe, Middle East and North Africa
The attack on the U.S. embassy in Turkey on February 1 appears to have come from a radical left-wing terrorist group that was dismantled by the Turkish authorities some years ago. But this time, it seems the group is less focused on setting up a Marxist state and instead is aiming to turn the tide of public opinion on Turkey’s support for the Syrian opposition.
Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front, or DHKP/C, as it is known, can trace its roots back to the 1970s when it worked to establish a Marxist-Leninist state in Turkey through violent means. It is vehemently anti-America, which it sees as an imperialist power, and has a history of attacking Western and government targets in Turkey. However, this attack ends a decade of relative quiet from the group, after it was decimated by Turkish security in the early 2000s.
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