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Old 01-13-2007, 11:53 AM
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Marxists say they hit U.S. Embassy in Athens
Ian Fisher, Anthee Carassava, New York Times

Saturday, January 13, 2007

(01-13) 04:00 PST Athens -- Greek officials said they doubted an anti-tank grenade fired into the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy here Friday was the work of foreign or Islamic terrorists.

Instead, they said, regrouped extreme leftists were most likely behind the attack, aiming at a specific, symbolic target: the huge U.S. seal, with an eagle against a blue background, affixed to the front of the boxy, modern embassy near downtown.

The grenade narrowly missed the seal, punching through a window a few feet above and landing in a bathroom on the embassy's third story, where the ambassador has his office. The attack nonetheless underscored deep anti-U.S. sentiment in Greece and revived fears of a new round of homegrown terrorism.

"This was a violent act aimed to provoke Greek public opinion and disturb relations with the United States," said Panayiotis Stathis, spokesman for the Public Order Ministry.

As Stathis spoke outside the embassy Friday evening, a demonstrator waved a sign that underscored Greece's often uneasy relations with the United States on issues from the war in Iraq and the long-standing tensions between Greece and Turkey to the U.S.-supported military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974.

"The CIA was behind this," the sign read.

Greek officials said a phone call placed anonymously to a private security company used by the embassy stated that the attack had been carried out by Revolutionary Struggle, a Marxist group with strong anti-U.S. sentiments.

Homegrown terrorism has waned since Greek authorities dismantled the most deadly groups before the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. But in that relative lull, Revolutionary Struggle has emerged as the most active of a new generation of small, shadowy terrorist groups.

It has claimed responsibility for a bombing at a court building in Athens in 2003 and one at the Economics Ministry 13 months ago, an attack that wounded two people. It also claimed responsibility for an attempt to assassinate the culture minister in May.

The grenade was launched at 5:58 a.m., apparently from across the six lanes of Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, the main north-south road in the central Athens neighborhood of Ilissia.

Tassoula Foumeli, a retired seamstress, said she was in bed when the blast shattered the windows in her ground-floor bedroom.

"The explosion was so loud I couldn't even hear the smashing of the windows," she said. "I'm nervous, and I'm mad."

Mad, she and other residents said, partly at the anti-American demonstrators who have rallied, at times violently, for years in front of the embassy. But she said some of her anger was at American policies that she said provoke demonstrators and anger many ordinary citizens.

"Not everything is justified," she said, referring to violent protests. "But at the same time, you kind of wonder why the United States is meddling in the affairs of other states. This is shown most recently in Iraq. Doesn't the United States have its own state? Does it have to poke its nose elsewhere? I am seeing suffering in Iraq."

Stathis, of the Public Order Ministry, said the grenade used in the attack was of Russian design, a model manufactured in several Eastern European counties. He said Greek and U.S. officials were collecting evidence from the debris left by the explosion, from surrounding buildings and from security cameras posted around the embassy.
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Old 01-13-2007, 12:17 PM
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Ts are in all shapes and forms.... The US interests more now then ever is a target for rebels without a cause.... they should get Zero airtime.... attention seekers... the only attention they should get is from the security forces... The Greeks were always a bit wild, so this should be considered nothing more then an amateur attempt to gain publicity for some Greek T org...
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just an rpg, those greek don't have amagination.
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:29 PM
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They would have gotten as much attention for doing a Rain Dance I think. and about the same amount of damage....very little.
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just an rpg, those greek don't have amagination.
Lets keep it that way, theres enough real Ts out there to deal with.....
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like they can put a mortar shell outside of the embassy in the mail box and they will get the message, or couple of lebanese dancing dabki on the roof of the embassy it will make more damage .
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like they can put a mortar shell outside of the embassy in the mail box and they will get the message, or couple of lebanese dancing dabki on the roof of the embassy it will make more damage .
Haha.... it would be quite a party!!...
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