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From CBS News:

The Saudi Arabian newspaper al-Watan reported today that Turkish security services have arrested a man of Syrian origins Friday in connection with a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama during his current visit to Turkey.

The man, who was carrying an Al-Jazeera TV ID card in the name of M.G., confessed after his arrest that he was planning on stabbing the U.S. president with a knife during the Alliance of Civilizations summit held in Istanbul, adding that he had three other accomplices to help him execute his plan.

The scariest part about this is this dude had a press pass from Al-Jazeera which could have gotten him close access to President Obama to carry this out. The guy covers Turkish government events all the time.  Not to mention that the other three are still out there.

I seriously hope that the secret service is on top of this one.  Especially how friendly and close Obama gets to both reporters and crowds.  But at the same time I hope this doesn't make Obama weary from being out there.

I'll update this story more as it develops.

Originally posted to Niwind on Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 12:46 PM PDT.

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