by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 19, 2016) — The Associated Press is reporting that Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot and killed on Monday while speaking at an art gallery in Ankara.

[Editor’s Note:  Images appearing in the articles accessed at the following hyperlinks are graphic and disturbing.  The same photographs have surprisingly been reiterated in mainstream media reports across the worldwide web.]  Turkish source Hurriyet Daily News  reported that three others were wounded in the attack in which the perpetrator reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and objected to the current destruction of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Russian government has backed Syria’s government led by Bashar al-Assad in maintaining power over the country as various factions known as “rebels,” some infiltrated by Islamic terrorists, have attempted to unseat him.

Turkey has also attempted to effect Assad’s removal from power.  In November 2015, Turkish military forces clashed with their Russian counterparts, culminating in the take-down of a Russian warplane.

The Russian embassy reportedly referred to Karlov’s assassination as “a radical Islamist attack,” while the U.S. State Department called it an “act of violence.”

The assassin was killed by Turkish police, according to reports.

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