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    Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov shot and injured in Turkey

    Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov shot and injured in Turkey
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    The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has been wounded by a gunman while visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital.
    Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia's military intervention in Syria.
    According to Russian TV, the ambassador had been attending an exhibition called "Russia as seen by Turks".
    Police later "neutralised" the gunman, reports say, without giving details.
    Mr Karlov was rushed to hospital.
    Video of the event shows Mr Karlov making a speech when gunshots ring out.

    The camera pulls back to show a smartly dressed gunman, wearing a suit and tie, waving a pistol and shouting.
    He can be heard yelling "Don't forget about Aleppo, don't forget about Syria" and uses the Islamic phrase "Allahu Akbar" (God is great").
    US state department spokesman John Kirby said US officials were aware of reports about the attack on the ambassador.
    "We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."
    While there were protests in recent days, on a political level the Turkish and Russian governments have been co-operating in the Aleppo ceasefire operation, the BBC's Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, reports.
    It is too early to know the motives of the attacker, who has not yet been named. Some reports say he entered the art gallery using a police ID card, our correspondent adds.

    Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov shot and injured in Turkey - BBC News

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    Russia's ambassador to Turkey has been killed in a gun attack in the Turkish capital, the Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

    Russia's ambassador to Turkey killed in shooting

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    Hopefully this isn't an Arch Duke Ferdinand moment.





    minutes later, here's the shooter:



    allegedly...

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    Not an Archduke Ferdinand moment...but still a holy fook one.

    Turkey has a lot of enemies at the moment...could be fighting on too many fronts for its leaders to survive another year. Not a bad thing imo as they have pretty much fooked up everything.

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    harry's Sky link sez:

    The gunman, said to be a police officer, shouted: "Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!" as he waved his gun.
    Other reports saying shooter supposedly screaming Allah's Snackbar as he did it...

    which is true?

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    Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov shot dead in Ankara - BBC News



    That looks like one pissed off bodyguard...did he take the shooter out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    That looks like one pissed off bodyguard...did he take the shooter out?
    Also, no longer a body to guard. Not a good moment for his resume.

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    Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara — RT News - RT.com
    https://www.rt.com/news/370782-attac...ssador-ankara/
    5 hours ago - Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara Live updates ... condolences to the family of the killed ambassador and condemned the attack on his Twitter. ... CIA organised 100%, to drive a wedge between Turkey and Russia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david44
    CIA organised 100%, to drive a wedge between Turkey and Russia.
    If anything such incident will bring Turkey and Russia closer together. That's obvious.

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    ^ Exactly, these loons think they are changing the world... just escalating the violence... they become the thing they hate (i.e killing innocent civilians) ... Muppets..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    If anything such incident will bring Turkey and Russia closer together. That's obvious.
    Not when they realize the gunman was part of his security detail.

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    A job for George Smiley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    If anything such incident will bring Turkey and Russia closer together. That's obvious.
    Not when they realize the gunman was part of his security detail.
    Irrelevant.

    What we see unfolding in Turkey is that Erdogan has destroyed civil society and the institutions that made Turkey a stable country in an unstable environment. It is now just another islamic state and will continue descending that route. Just what Putin likes to support.

    The only silver lining is that now there is no way Turkey can become EU member. A nightmare to think this could have happened after Turkey was a member.
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    Another attack in Ankara near the U.S. Embassy.


    Better post it here or else the TD World News will be flooded with ONE SIDED news coverage.

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    Russia says killing of ambassador in Ankara is act of terrorism

    The attack on Russian envoy Andrey Karlov, who died of gunshot wounds received during an official event in the Turkish capital, Ankara, is qualified by Moscow as a "terrorist act," the Foreign Ministry says.

    Announcing Karlov's death, the ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the "day is tragic in the history of the Russian diplomacy." The ambassador was shot at a public event in the Turkish capital, the ministry confirmed, saying that he later died of his wounds.

    The topic of the killing of the Russian diplomat will be raised at the UN Security Council on Monday, Zakharova said.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry will issue a statement later in the day, she added.

    Moscow will resolutely fight terrorism, Zakharova said, adding that Russia expects Turkish authorities to launch a "thorough" investigation into the murder.

    Calling Karlov "an outstanding Russian diplomat," Zakharova said that the ambassador "had done a lot to fight terrorism."

    "His memory will remain in our hearts forever," she said, adding that Moscow will make sure those behind the murder "will be punished."

    The "hideous" murder of the diplomat should not impede the progress of talks on Syria, scheduled to be held among Russia, Iran and Turkey on Tuesday, Russian MP and head of the International Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, said. Speaking to Russia's Rossiya 24 TV channel, Slutsky said that Moscow and Ankara should ramp up their efforts in order to achieve a solution to the Syrian crisis.

    "We must now do it in the memory of Andrey Gennadievich Karlov, and we must do it for the sake of common sense, which calls us to preserve normal relations between Moscow and Ankara," the official said.

    Andrey Karlov was shot as he was set to deliver a speech at the opening of a photo exhibition titled ‘Russia in the eyes of Turks’. The unidentified perpetrator, a man wearing a suit and a tie, shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Arabic) during the attack. He also referenced the crisis in Syria and Aleppo after the shooting, saying that those involved in the Syrian conflict “will pay for it one by one.” The attacker was killed by Turkish Special Forces.

    https://www.rt.com/news/370797-russi...ing-terrorism/

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    Turkish riot police officer who killed Russian ambassador identified

    The man who assassinated the Russian ambassador in Turkey was identified as a 22-year-old officer with the Turkish riot police, who had 2.5 years of service under his belt.

    Ambassador Andrey Karlov was gunned down on Monday evening as he was delivering a speech at an Ankara art gallery. The assassin was killed in a shoot-out with security forces.

    The attacker was identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, a 22-year-old officer with the Turkish riot police, said Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. The minister added that an investigation into the motives behind the killing was underway.

    Altintas was born on June 24, 1994 in Turkey's western coastal province of Aydin. He attended the Soke Cumhuriyet Anadolu High School and is a graduate of Izmir Rustu Unsal Police Vocational School, the minister said, as cited by state news agency Anadolu.

    The gunman used his police ID to gain access to the event. As the Russian ambassador was delivering his speech, Altintas shot him several times. He shouted that the attack was retaliation for Russian involvement in the Syrian government's operation in Aleppo.

    A Turkish official told Reuters that Altintas may have links to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The unnamed official claimed there were “very strong signs” of such a connection.

    A similar allegation was voiced by Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek, who tweeted: “Assailant is a policeman. According to what I have heard, he is a FETO member. The slogans of the assailant are just perception management.”

    FETO is an acronym used in Turkey to describe the network of Gulen supporters in the country.

    Ankara blames Gulen for being behind several actions against the Turkish government, including a failed military coup earlier this year. The self-exiled cleric routinely denies allegations.

    Alp Aslandogan, Gulen’s adviser, told Reuters that his boss had no connection to the assassination of the Russian ambassador and said Ankara had compromised the security situation in Turkey by launching a crackdown on suspected supporters of Gulen.

    The assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara was condemned by several foreign governments and international organizations. Turkey offered its condolences to Russia and pledged to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack. Russia has sent a group of forensics experts and investigators to assist with the Turkish probe.

    https://www.rt.com/news/370862-turki...icer-assassin/

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    Turkish police detain six after Russian ambassador shot dead

    Turkish police have detained six people over the killing of the Russian ambassador, state media said, who was shot in the back as he gave a speech in Ankara on Monday by an off-duty police officer shouting "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar".

    The state-run Anadolu agency said on Tuesday the attacker's mother, father, sister and two other relatives were held in the western province of Aydin, while his flatmate in Ankara was also detained.

    Police paced up and down behind a cordon on Tuesday morning outside the art gallery where the ambassador, Andrey Karlov, was shot. A crime scene investigation van was parked outside the building.

    The United States said its three missions in Turkey would be closed on Tuesday after a gun was fired in front of the U.S. embassy in Ankara overnight. The embassy was near the art gallery where Karlov was shot and Turkish police detained a man over the incident, state media reported.

    Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday the two countries' foreign ministers had underlined the need to put more effort into effectively fighting terrorism in a phone call overnight.

    The Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers will meet in Moscow later on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Syria. A Russian delegation was due to arrive in Ankara at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT) to conduct investigations into the attack, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

    SECURITY THREATS

    Turkey faces multiple security threats, including from the Islamic State militant group. A spokesman for the hardline Sunni Muslim group urged sympathizers around the world this month to carry out a fresh wave of attacks, singling out Turkish diplomatic, military and financial interests as preferred targets.

    However, a senior Turkish security official said there were "very strong signs" the gunman belonged to the network of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated a failed coup in July. Erdogan has denounced Gulen as a terrorist, but the cleric, a former ally, denies the accusation, and has also denied any role in the assassination.

    A video showed the attacker shouting: "Don't forget Aleppo, don't forget Syria!" and "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") as screams rang out. He paced about and shouted as he held the gun in one hand and waved his other hand in the air.

    Russia is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its air strikes helped Syrian forces end rebel resistance last week in the northern city of Aleppo. Turkey, which seeks Assad's ouster, has been repairing ties with Moscow after shooting down a Russian warplane over Syria last year.

    Turkish police detain six after Russian ambassador shot dead | Reuters

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    If anything such incident will bring Turkey and Russia closer together. That's obvious.
    Not when they realize the gunman was part of his security detail.
    Supposedly the gunman was reported as a 22-year-old police officer.
    I'd find that rather hard to believe in an ambassador's security detail.
    Possibly the truth will be revealed...one way...one day.

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    Well lots of other opinions on this in the non msm
    Last edited by david44; 21-12-2016 at 09:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Well lots of other opinions on this in the non msm
    Can you share?

    Not over-the-top, but other plausible reasons?

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    New York Daily News says Russian diplomat deserved to die.
    Don't cry for Russia's slain envoy, who was Putin's lackey - NY Daily News

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    If anything such incident will bring Turkey and Russia closer together. That's obvious.
    Not when they realize the gunman was part of his security detail.
    Supposedly the gunman was reported as a 22-year-old police officer.
    I'd find that rather hard to believe in an ambassador's security detail.
    Possibly the truth will be revealed...one way...one day.

    he wasnt in the ambassadors security detail.
    he gained entrance to the event by showing his police id at the door.

    the real security detail should have been properly briefed before the event regarding exactly which bodyguards had permission to be present, their roles and the position in the hall they would occupy, had they bern properly briefed they would have noticed the assasin who even to me, looked nervous and ill at ease before he shot the russian and did his raised arm john travolta impersonation.

    i suspect those bodyguards will very shortly he transfered to take up nightwatchman duties at some salt mine in outer siberia.

    a very poor show by the kgb. george smiley will be chortling in his grave.
    Last edited by taxexile; 21-12-2016 at 10:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee
    Supposedly the gunman was reported as a 22-year-old police officer. I'd find that rather hard to believe in an ambassador's security detail.
    Why would you find it hard to believe that a police officer would be in an Ambassadors security detail?

    I don't know if it's true or not. I saw an interview with former CIA officer Bob Baird, and he said some of his contacts had mentioned it. Looks like it probably isn't the case.

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