Embassy Row: Turkey’s enemies

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Mr. Ricciardone sidestepped a question about U.S. policy toward Turkey in a second term for President Obama or a first one for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He declined to predict the outcome of the Nov. 6 presidential election.

“I am merely an ambassador,” he said, “not a prophet.”


Bahrain’s ambassador to the U.S. is blaming terrorists for detonating a roadside bomb that killed a police officer and critically wounded another in a restive village just south of the capital, Manama, last week.

Ambassador Houda Nonoo denounced the “unprovoked and unwarranted terrorist attack” in Eker, now under a security clampdown.

Police fired tear gas Monday to disperse about 200 demonstrators who tried to enter the village about 12 miles south of Manama.

Authorities announced Sunday the arrest of seven suspects in the attack.

Mrs. Nonoo, writing on her blog, said: “Attacks like these seek to undermine the spirit of peaceful reconciliation we are working to bring about in Bahrain, serve to sow dissension among Bahrainis and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”

Bahrain, the strategic Persian Gulf home of the U.S. 5th Fleet, has been shaken for nearly 16 months by demonstrations against the minority Sunni Muslim monarchy.

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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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