An Islamist extremist has murdered the Russian Ambassador in Turkey.
The fallout could have global implications.
And some are wondering if it is the start of World War III.
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey – Andrey Karlov – was murdered by an off duty police officer during an event at an art gallery in the capitol of Ankara.
The murder is being described as an act of terrorism that was carried out in retaliation for the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The Daily Mail reports:
“Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated by an off-duty police officer in front of terrified witnesses allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.
The gunman reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” and said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die here” after shooting Ambassador Andrei Karlov in the back in an attack caught on camera.
The attacker was fatally shot by police after killing Mr Karlov and wounding at least three others in what Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called “an act of terrorism”.
Mr Karlov, 62, was delivering a speech at an art gallery in the capital of Ankara when he was shot from behind in a suspected radical Islamic attack, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.”
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The BBC reports Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has spoken to Russian President Vladmir Putin:
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone about the attack, Mr Erdogan’s office said.
Speaking outside the hospital where Mr Karlov was taken, Ankara’s Mayor, Melih Gokcek, said the killing was intended to ruin his country’s relations with Russia.”
Some are concerned this could lead to a situation like World War I where entangling alliances and treaty obligations plunge the world into a global conflict.
In this situation, Turkey is a NATO member.
And as such, the United States is obligated to defend them should they come under attack.
Turkey and Russia have a recent history of tense relations.
In late 2015, Turkish F-16’s shot down a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft near the country’s border with Syria.
This altercation took place after Russian began air strikes against the opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States has sent arms to the so-called “moderate” rebels in Syria, but among the groups fighting Assad are ISIS and Al Qaeda.
No one really knows who these so-called “moderate” rebels really are.
The assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey appears to be in retaliation for Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Could this create a conflict that would draw in the United States?
Barack Obama has just weeks left in office.
President-elect Trump has sent signals that he believes the U.S. can reorient its relationship with Russia toward a mutual goal of defeating ISIS in Syria.
Will this event scramble those plans as hawks push for more engagement in the Syrian conflict and for America to take a harder line with Russia?
American Patriot Daily will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.