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Turks Arrest Obama Assassination Plotter With Media ID

Turkish security forces have arrested a Syrian national living in Istanbul with an al-Jazeera media identifiaction card who admitted to plotting to assassinate President Obama with a knife. He apparently intended to get close enough to the President to stab him to death and, as teh story reports, he in fact had been "regularly attending all conferences and events relating to the Middle East held in the city" until he was discovered and arrested.

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.

According to the paper, Turkish investigators were trying to verify whether the Qatari-based Arab TV channel has truly issued the ID card produced by the man, or if it's a forged copy.

The suspect, a permanent resident of Istanbul, has been regularly attending all conferences and events relating to the Middle East held in the city.

Adnkronos Security broke the story before the above CBS account, and also noted that the Syrian national was arrested on Friday before the president's arrival.

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