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Russian Ambassador to Turkey Is Assassinated in Ankara//L’ambassadeur russe assassiné en Turquie

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey G Karlov, has been shot dead by a police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger.Gunman later killed by special forces was police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Karlov was several minutes into a speech when he was shot. Footage of the attack showed a man dressed in a suit and tie standing calmly behind the ambassador. He then pulled out a gun, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired at least eight shots.

The gunman, described by Ankara’s mayor as a policeman, also wounded at least three others in the assault on the envoy, Andrey G. Karlov,.Turkish officials said the assailant was killed by other officers in a shootout.The shooting of Ambassador Andrey Karlov was captured on video.

After firing at the ambassador, the man shouted in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

He also shouted in Arabic: “We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, called the killing a “provocation” aimed at sabotaging a rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara and attempts to resolve the conflict in Syria.

President Vladmir Putin is being briefed on the attack, according to Russian news agency Interfax.


L’ambassadeur russe en Turquie, Andreï Karlov, a été tué par balle, lundi 19 décembre, lors d’une attaque armée à Ankara, a fait savoir le porte-parole du ministère des affaires étrangères russe, évoquant un « acte terroriste ».

« Pendant que l’ambassadeur faisait un discours, un homme grand, portant un costume, a tiré d’abord en l’air puis a visé l’ambassadeur », a raconté à l’Agence France-Presse Hasim Kiliç, correspondant du quotidien Hurriyet à Ankara. Il aurait ensuite demandé aux personnes présentes de quitter la salle. Des commandos des forces spéciales arrivées sur place un peu plus tard ont tué l’assaillant, selon les médias turcs.

Dans une vidéo diffusée sur les réseaux sociaux, on peut voir le tireur abattre l’ambassadeur dans le dos puis déclarer en arabe des paroles de chant djihadiste : « Nous sommes ceux qui ont voué allégeance à Mohamed pour le djihad jusqu’à notre dernière heure. » Avant de menacer, en turc : « N’oubliez pas la Syrie, n’oubliez pas Alep. Tant que les habitants n’y seront pas en sécurité, vous ne le serez pas non plus. »

*Sources: Hurriyet Daily news, RT.com, SPutnik, CNN, BBC.

Analysis- What happened in Turkey ?-Part 2 : The politics and the impact of the coup d’état attempt inside and beyond Turkey.

Part 1 here

The failed coup d’état attempt developments in Turkey are faced as a serie of events of a myth story against a reality one. And is not easy  to distinguish which story is a myth or reality mainly when it comes to the myth that the democracy won in Turkey after the failed  coup!

On the contrary,  the existing anti-democratic and undemocratic monocracy of the Sultan won the threat of the military junta. In both cases  there has been, for a long time now, one single loser: Democracy .Turkey experienced in the past  a total of 6 military coups during the last 50 years: in 1960,  1971 :Turkish military memorandum, 1980, 1993, 1997 and last Friday’s coup.

It is probably worth pointing out in the first instance that the traditional rivalry in Turkish society has been between secularists (including those in the army) who look to the modern state’s founder, Kemal Atatürk, and Islamists – not least Erdogan’s AKP party.

With the establishment of a well-organized ISIS network inside the turkish territory which conducts often terrorist attacks and with the islamist ruling of Mr Erdogan,  people who want to establish an Islamic revolution law (see Iran) into the country they feel more powerful themselves now in this post-coup Turkey. A tangible sign showing that democracy is the big loser after this coup is that we didn’t see any Occupy Gezi protester or partisans from other opposition parties to go out and protest as the AKP one’s did.

The United States and the European Union stepped up pressure on Monday on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to not use an attempted coup as an excuse for an authoritarian crackdown.Officials even suggested that Turkey’s continued membership in NATO and its aspirations of joining the European Union could be at stake. Meanwhile all public officials in Turkey are not allowed of living the country.

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