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    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."

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    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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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by cat714 View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by submarinepainter View Post
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    The more realistic way to view it is this is the price we pay for foreign entanglements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gator View Post
    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gator View Post
    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?
    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    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?
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