Gray Terror File: Russian ambassador assassinated in Ankara art gallery, shooting of Andrey Karlov in mid-speech caught on video, killer allegedly 22-year-old off-duty Turkish policeman; Mevlűt Mert Altintaş infiltrates event, fires pistol 8 times into Karlov’s back, brandishes weapon at gallery patrons, smashes exhibits, shouts: “Allahu Akbar. We die in Aleppo, you die here!”; shot dead by security guards; Putin says Karlov’s killing “designed to spoil Russo-Turkish ties” ahead of 3-way conference with Iran to resolve Syrian civil war; Russian foreign ministry quick to brand murder “act of terror” while pro-Kremlin politicians pounce on alleged “Western trace”: Zhirinovsky qualifies attack as “a false flag operation by the West”; Klintsevich, dep. chair of Federation Council’s defence and security cmte., declares: “It was a planned action. Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition. It can be Isis, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan. But maybe – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign Nato secret services are behind it. What has happened is a true provocation, a challenge”; Turkish media reports Altintaş sacked from riot police in wake of abortive July military coup, alleged follower of US-based Islamic cleric Gulen
December 19, 2016
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Gülen Movement (FETO)
Follower of US-based Islamic cleric murders Russian ambassador . . . Doesn’t look good. We’ll see how much mileage the Kremlin derives from this episode. Another challenge for incoming President Trump.