A suspected suicide bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on Friday, killing the bomber and a Turkish security guard outside the embassy. The BBC reports that no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, noting that “a number of illegal groups ranging from Kurdish separatists to leftist and Islamist militants have launched attacks in recent years in Turkey.” An op-ed columnist from the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News warned last week of a possible attack on Western interests in Turkey.
In other news:
The Washington Post reports: Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that is about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2007 estimate, according to two-year study by a VA researcher.
The AP reports: U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan have plunged to the lowest level in four years, reflecting a pullback from direct combat into the less deadly role of advising and assisting Afghan forces as they do more of the fighting.
“If anyone needed a reminder of Israel’s deteriorating standing on the international stage,” writes Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, “they got one on Thursday in the report by the UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission on the settlements. While Israel’s coalition talks are focusing on the state budget and drafting ultra-Orthodox men into the military, every future member of the next cabinet should be disturbed by the report.”