Posted by Curt on 19 December, 2016 at 11:26 am. 8 comments already!


David French:

The world just got more dangerous. A gunman shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey and then stood over his body, shouted “Allahu Akhbar” and began ranting about Syria and Aleppo. I won’t embed video of the shooting, but you can see the entire thing here. Warning, the footage is extremely disturbing.

Early reports are often wrong, but it appears the shooter was a Turkish police officer:

We can’t forget that this incident comes just a little more than a year after Turkish forces shot down a Russian jet, and it comes after Erodgan has comprehensively purged Turkish security forces to allegedly leave only his loyalists on staff.

It would be foolish to spend too much time speculating about the immediate and short-term consequences, but it is simply a fact that this is a grave breach of Turkey’s responsibilities to Russia (at the very least), and if there was any official Turkish involvement in the shooting beyond the shooter’s own initiative, then the breach grows graver still.

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