Published On: Wed, Jan 11th, 2017

Al-Qaeda Jihadists Deny Involvement in Assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey

nsnbc : Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria denied any involvement in the assassination of the Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov who was shot dead in the Turkish capital Ankara in December 2016.

andrey-karlov_ankara_dec-19-2016_turkeyIn their latest issue of the al-Risala magazine, published by al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organizations in Syria, the Syrian al-Qaeda franchises distance themselves from the assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov while they endorse the actions of the assassin, stating:

“Thus, contrary to the claims of the disbelievers, it is clear that Mevlüt (may Allah have mercy on him and accept him) was responding to the cries of the oppressed Muslims of Syria. He did not belong to ISIS or Jabhat Al-Nusra or any other group operating in the region.”

Ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot and killed in December while he was delivering a speech at n art gallery in Ankara. The assassin, Mevlüt Mert Altinas was police officer. The assassination happened on December 19, 2016.

It has been alleged that Altinas was off-duty when he shot and killed the Ambassador. It has also been claimed that Altinas avoided an x-ray checkpoint by showing his police ID. Video footage from the incident shows Altinas claiming that he acts to revenge the killing of people in Aleppo.

andrey-karlov_ankara_turkey_dec-19-2016The al-Risala magazine published by jihadists, however, underpinned that it was an individual act of revenge for the killing of Muslims by the Russians in Aleppo and not related to any of the al-Qaeda-linked organizations in Syria.

Rather, what is apparent from his speech and actions is that he had renounced his former profession and turned to his Lord in repentance. He stood up, not for any particular group or sect, but on behalf of the Ummah that has been suffering at the hands of its enemies for decades. …As the tragedy in Aleppo unfolded, Russia remained as committed as ever to aiding the Syrian regime and her allies as they continued their massacre of the innocent Muslims of Aleppo, while arrogantly denying any wrongdoing on their part”.

Altinas who allegedly was off duty, allegedly bypassed an X-ray checkpoint by waiving his police credentials. Moreover, the assailant had been detained for alleged links to the “failed” military coup on July 19, 2016 and Gülenists. However, he was then reinstated while his police chief was “again allegedly” linked to the coup. The assassination was filmed and broadcast widely in media as well as social media. Mevlüt shouted that the assassination was revenge for Russia’s role in Aleppo. Ironically, there has been no official condemnation of the media gag order by Russia.

Several Turkish and Russian media and officials would initially claim that Jaish al-Fatah had claimed responsibility for the assassination. These claims have never been substantiated by evidence. Some Turkish officials also claimed that the self-exiled Turkish cleric Fetullah Gülen and by implication the United States were involved. The claim was rebuked as ridiculous by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The known facts at this point in time is that no newspaper is in the position to report on the basis of evidence but there is the obvious, question “who benefits” and the list of “potential” beneficiaries is long.

CH/L – nsnbc 11.01.2017

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