Syrians Repel Attack on U.S. Embassy
Posted on Sep 12, 2006
Armed Islamic militants, believed to be members of an Al Qaeda-linked group, brazenly stormed the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. The attackers didn’t breach the walls, and three of them were killed, along with a Syrian counter-terror officer.
This comes at a time of heightened U.S.-Syrian tensions over America’s support for Israel in its fight against Lebanon.
Armed Islamic militants attempted to storm the U.S. Embassy in a brazen attack Tuesday, the government said. Four people were killed, including three of the assailants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but an al-Qaida offshoot group was suspected, Syria’s ambassador to the United States said.
No Americans were hurt in the attack, in which the militants used automatic rifles, hand grenades and at least one van rigged with explosives.
The al-Qaida offshoot group, called Jund al-Sham, has been blamed for several attacks in Syria in recent years, the Syrian ambassador, Imad Moustapha, said in comments to CNN.