Russian ambassador shot in Ankara, Turkey, reportedly by a gunman yelling about Aleppo.

UPDATE: The ambassador is dead. The gunman yelled "Allahu Akbar" and about Aleppo. Look for Turkey to join Russia's war effort in Syria, fracturing NATO's commitments and cementing Russia's strategic gains.

UPDATE: Conveniently, Russia and Turkey agreed last week on the way forward in Syria.
President Vladimir Putin said he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan are working to organize a new series of Syrian peace talks without the involvement of the United States or the United Nations.

In a snub to Washington, Putin made clear on Friday that the initiative was the sole preserve of Moscow and Turkey and that the peace talks, if they happened, would be in addition to intermittent U.N.-brokered negotiations in Geneva.


Cassandra said...

The gunman yelled "Allahu Akbar" and about Aleppo.

Yes, but sadly we may never know his true motivation.


This is very bad.

Anonymous said...

And someone drove a truck into a Christmas Market in Berlin, at least 9 dead. But I'm sure it was one of those fanatical Mennonites again.

/sarc and snarl


Eric Blair said...

Turkish secret policeman, possibly pissed off about the deal. Erdogan is riding a tiger and does not know it.

Ymar Sakar said...

Those Amish need to be suppressed again. Also, Putin going cowboy must be emulating Bush II, or what people thought Bush II was.