Deadly Attack on U.S. Embassy in Turkey

A suicide bomber has killed one person and injured two in an explosion outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey. No Americans were wounded, and officials are not sure who is behind the incident though the British Consulate-General to Turkey said they suspected it was a “terrorist attack.” Groups who have been active in Turkey in the past include Islamists, anarchists, al Qaeda, and Kurdish separatists.

This is the first attack of this kind since 2008,when three people died in a firefight outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. 

According to Reuters, after the explosion, U.S. Ambassador Francois Ricciardone addressed reporters: “We are very sad of course that we lost one of our Turkish guards at the gate.” He then thanked the Turkish authorities for a prompt response.

The attack follows a small but violent protest outside the U.S. Air Base in Incirlik last week with the arrival of NATO troops. Turkey has asked for international intervention in neighboring Syria and is host to NATO soldiers from the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands who are operating a Patriot missile defense system along its border.

Considering this escalation in violence, do American troops in the region have adequate support from the U.S. government? Should U.S. citizens be concerned about the attack in Ankara, or is it something that, as Hillary Clinton said about Libya, doesn’t really matter?