Posted: 2:52 pm EDT
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Following the reported gunfire at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul today, the U.S. Ambassy in Ankara released the following statement:
The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul was attacked by gunfire early this morning, August 10. The Consulate was closed at the time and nobody was injured. The Consulate plans to reopen on August 11 to resume normal business. U.S. Embassy Ankara remains open. The Embassy is in contact with Turkish law enforcement and security officials who are investigating this incident.
Media reports say that a radical Turkish Marxist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), known in the 1990s as Dev Sol (Revolutionary Left) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The same group claimed responsibility for a 2013 suicide attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which killed Turkish security guard, Mustafa Akarsu (see US Embassy Turkey: Suicide Bomber Kills Local Guard Mustafa Akarsu, Wounds One).
The State Department designated DHKP/C a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997, and reviewed and maintained this designation on July 24, 2013. Its Rewards for Justice program offered rewards on April 2, 2014 for information on three key leaders of this terrorist organization, two of them women. (in Turkish: Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi, or DHKP/C). The Department authorized rewards of up to $3 million each for information leading to the location of Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari, and Seher Demir Sen.
— Hurriyet Daily News (@HDNER) August 10, 2015
Footage shows one of two women trying to carry out a shooting attack on the US consulate in Turkey: http://t.co/TGS8cRcDIp
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 10, 2015
Female suspect detained after gun attack on U.S. consulate in Istanbul: Turkish TV http://t.co/HLJASqZpjv
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 10, 2015
In related news, yesterday, six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, accompanied by approximately 300 personnel and cargo deployed from Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This deployment coincides with Turkey’s decision to host U.S. aircraft to conduct counter-ISIL operations.
Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, accompanied by approximately 300 personnel and cargo… http://t.co/XQFrDfwrJo
— CJTF-OIR (@CJTFOIR) August 10, 2015