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Islamic militants attempted to storm the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, in a brazen attack Tuesday, the

Associated Press


The Syrian government said the attackers were using automatic rifles, hand grenades and at least one van rigged with explosives, the


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reported. Syrian security forces killed three of the attackers.

The assailants apparently did not breach the high walls surrounding the white embassy compound in a diplomatic neighborhood of Damascus.

But a Chinese diplomat was slightly injured by a stray bullet during the attack, China's government news agency said, according to the