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cat714
09-17-2008, 05:11 AM
Car Bomb Rips U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Casualties Reported

SAN'A, Yemen — BREAKING NEWS — A U.S. spokesman says the American Embassy in Yemen was hit by a car bomb and that there were unspecified casualties.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Ryan Gliha tells The Associated Press by telephone that there was a second explosion Wednesday that followed the initial one. He did not have figures for casualties or know their nationalities.

The embassy in Yemen has been the focus of violence in the past. The country is the ancestral homeland of Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden,

In March, three mortar rounds targeting the embassy crashed into a high school for girls next door, killing a Yemeni security guard and wounding more than a dozen girls.

This is a developing story. See previous report below.

Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard Wednesday morning in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital and police swiftly cordoned off the area, according to a government security official.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, had no more details. An embassy employee contacted by telephone inside the mission's compound in the eastern sector of San'a would only say that "there has been a security incident."

Story Developing (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,423823,00.html)


I know someone here mentioned that it was likely we would see an increase in terrorist activities to undermine the success of the surge.

LibraryLady
09-17-2008, 07:45 AM
A little more:


Islamist militants attacked the US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa with a car bomb and rockets on Wednesday, leaving 16 people dead, in the second strike on the high-security compound in six months.

The toll included six Yemeni soldiers, six attackers and four civilians, including an Indian, the interior ministry said.

Witnesses said gunmen raked a Yemeni police detachment outside the heavily fortified embassy compound before a suicide bomber blew up a car right by the entrance, setting off what one described as a fireball.

A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen said in a statement received by AFP that it carried out the attack and threatened similar strikes against the British, Saudi and United Arab Emirates missions in the Yemeni capital

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j_heSTeDYvkaCn4mm81J0XUfHvRA

Cold Warrior
09-17-2008, 08:00 AM
I know someone here mentioned that it was likely we would see an increase in terrorist activities to undermine the success of the surge.
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While in the most general sense, this attack may be seen as part of the War on Terror and, by extension, as "undermining the surge." Yemen is a long way from Iraq and the issues there are very different than the issues in Iraq.

submarinepainter
09-17-2008, 10:28 AM
THE PEACEFUL RELIGION , yeah right

cat714
09-17-2008, 12:13 PM
While in the most general sense, this attack may be seen as part of the War on Terror and, by extension, as "undermining the surge." Yemen is a long way from Iraq and the issues there are very different than the issues in Iraq.

Agreed, but you know those whiny liberals are going to cry that the war on terror isn't working and Bush f'd up...that we should have used diplomacy...blah, blah, blah.

Odysseus
09-17-2008, 12:35 PM
While in the most general sense, this attack may be seen as part of the War on Terror and, by extension, as "undermining the surge." Yemen is a long way from Iraq and the issues there are very different than the issues in Iraq.
Yemen isn't that far away from Iraq (it's on the Arabian peninsula), and while it has always been a softer target for the terrorists (more anti-western government and population, poorer security and smaller US armed presence), the vast majority of Americans won't know that.

Agreed, but you know those whiny liberals are going to cry that the war on terror isn't working and Bush f'd up...that we should have used diplomacy...blah, blah, blah.
Exactly. The media will spin this as an American defeat, but from what I've seen of the campaign, McCain can easily turn that around into a referendum on Obama's experience. So far, his campaign has been run as a military op, with the emphasis on getting inside Obama's decision loop and disrupting his reaction cycle. The Palin selection was a classic example of this, where the Democrats had no idea of who the veep nominee would be, and were caught completely flat-footed, while the Republicans had ammunition for every possible attack already in the pipeline. Thus, when the Dems did start their attacks, they were clumsy, and the Republican responses put the focus on the media's bias, Obama's inexperience, caution (Palin compares favorably with Biden in almost every way) and ethical lapses, the utter hypocrisy of the feminist left and completely pushed Biden to the periphery of the campaign. In one move, McCain completely redefined the campaign and put Obama on the defensive, and unless the media completely blacks out any bad news about their messiah (which, in the internet age, is impossible), he will be kept on the defensive for the next few weeks.

gator
09-17-2008, 12:54 PM
THE PEACEFUL RELIGION , yeah right

The more realistic way to view it is this is the price we pay for foreign entanglements.

lacarnut
09-17-2008, 02:18 PM
The more realistic way to view it is this is the price we pay for foreign entanglements.

So we should close all embassy's in the M.E. How about if the terrorist bomb one in the EU or South America?

Odysseus
09-17-2008, 02:28 PM
The more realistic way to view it is this is the price we pay for foreign entanglements.
No, that's the simplistic and wrong way to view it. But, of course, I know who you're going to blame, don't I?

So we should close all embassy's in the M.E. How about if the terrorist bomb one in the EU or South America?
Obviously, we should close all of our embassies, build a wall around CONUS, conquer the west coast of Canada in order to provide a land route to Alaska, extend the wall north and build an underwater tunnel to Hawaii. Then, no one could get to us. Right, Gator? :rolleyes:

LibraryLady
09-17-2008, 02:31 PM
Ron?.... Ron Paul?

lacarnut
09-17-2008, 02:41 PM
No, that's the simplistic and wrong way to view it. But, of course, I know who you're going to blame, don't I?

Obviously, we should close all of our embassies, build a wall around CONUS, conquer the west coast of Canada in order to provide a land route to Alaska, extend the wall north and build an underwater tunnel to Hawaii. Then, no one could get to us. Right, Gator? :rolleyes:

Isolation is the answer. Bring all our troops from around the world home, close all our embassies, tell NATO countries you are on your own, legislation that states unless we are attacked, we will never send troops outside of the US again. After we do all those things, the terrorist will not try another 9/11 and there will be peace everywhere. The rulers in these M.E. countries will love us; Obama can sit down and have a chat with all the terrorist leaders. Everything will be peaches and cream and the world will be filled with milk and honey. :rolleyes:

Odysseus
09-17-2008, 02:50 PM
Isolation is the answer. Bring all our troops from around the world home, close all our embassies, tell NATO countries you are on your own, legislation that states unless we are attacked, we will never send troops outside of the US again. After we do all those things, the terrorist will not try another 9/11 and there will be peace everywhere. The rulers in these M.E. countries will love us; Obama can sit down and have a chat with all the terrorist leaders. Everything will be peaches and cream and the world will be filled with milk and honey. :rolleyes:

The one good thing that might come out of that is that Obama wouldn't have anything to talk about with the terrorists, since he'd have cut us off from the rest of the world. In fact, until the Caliphate had taken control of Mexico and Canada, we'd hardly know that they were there at all.