Turkey: Police officer, invoking Aleppo, guns down Russian ambassador in Ankara

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December 20, 2016
Washington Post    
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"A Turkish police officer who angrily denounced the bloodshed in Syria killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on Monday, shooting the diplomat in front of a room full of horrified spectators at an art gallery in an assassination captured on video and quickly shared around the world. As the ambassador, Andrei Karlov, lay on the floor, the assailant, still waving his gun, screamed, 'Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!' ... [Mevlut Mert Atlintas, an officer with the riot police] was killed in a shootout with police at the gallery, but Russian authorities vowed to reveal a larger plot -- and some in Moscow suggested that the West was to blame for its support of moderate [sic] rebel factions in Syria." (12/19/16)


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