American Embassy in Syria Attacked- Deaths Reported!

Terrorists set off a car bomb outside of the US Embassy in Damascus, Syria today.

A Syrian security car hit with bullets parks near the U.S. embassy in Damascus September 12, 2006. Four gunmen attacked the U.S. embassy in Damascus on Tuesday, but failed to harm any American diplomats before all four were killed, a Syrian official said. Syrian state television said the attackers had tried to detonate a car bomb in front of the embassy but had failed. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)

Terrorists did set off a car bomb outside the gates of the US Embassy in Syria today:

Gunmen apparently blew up a car outside the U.S. Embassy and exchanged fire with Syrian guards on Tuesday in a brazen attack on Damascus’ diplomatic neighborhood. Syrian security forces killed three of the attackers, the government said.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, said a fourth assailant was wounded in what it called a “terrorist attack.” The report, carried on state-run television, said an investigation was under way.

In Washington, a State Department spokesman confirmed the attack on the American Embassy by “unknown assailants” and said the event appears to be over.

Although there are conflicting reports, it is obvious that the car bomb did go off from the pictures aired on Syrian television.

Television footage shows an official preparing to remove a car outside the U.S. embassy in Damascus Spetember 12, 2006. Four gunmen attacked the embassy in Damascus on Tuesday, but failed to harm any American diplomats before all four were killed, a Syrian official said. (Reuters)

There are also conflicting reports on whether all 4 terrorists were killed or if one of the gunmen survived the attack.

Syrian parents evacuate their children from a school opposite the U.S. embassy in Damascus September 12, 2006. Four gunmen attacked the U.S. embassy in Damascus on Tuesday, but failed to harm any American diplomats before all four were killed, a Syrian official said. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)

Sticky Notes has more pictures from the attack scene.
Mere Rhetoric has many updates on the situation.

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