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    An unnamed gunman shouts after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

    Former Nusra Front Claims Responsibility for Russian Ambassador's Assassination

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    Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly the al-Nusra Front) has claimed responsibility for Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov’s murder in Ankara.

    The terrorist group claimed responsibility via a letter which appeared on the Internet.

    Earlier in the day Turkish media reported that the number of people detained in the investigation over the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov has grown to 13.

    The arrests were carried out in the province of Ankara, in addition to the southwestern provinces of Izmir and Aydin, the NTV broadcaster cited police as saying.

    Karlov was shot and killed at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the attack a terrorist act.

    Previous reports indicated that six relatives of the perpetrator have been detained. Some of them are reportedly linked to the so-called Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO), accused by Ankara of organizing a failed coup in July.

    Earlier this year, leaders of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group made a seemingly strange decision: to break up with al-Qaeda and change their name.

    The group's leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani announced the amicable split from al-Qaeda on July 28, adding that the group would not be linked to any foreign party. He also said that the organization changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Front for the Conquest of Syria).

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    • Michael Calvin
      The so called Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is fully armed and funded by the United States so they ordered the attack as reprisal for their loss in Syria
    • Gentle Eaglein reply toMichael Calvin(Show commentHide comment)
      Michael Calvin, I believe nothing but the hand of Turkish Intelligence in this dastardly act. Seriously, nothing can persuade my thoughts other than after the investigation is completed by the Russian Intelligence services. Until then it's no different to me than what Turkey did to the Russian jet over Syria.
    • avatar
      I think it is wrong to publish those pictures. It's exactly what ISIL wants. Very poor decision to keep publishing those photos. It's like advertising for ISIL. I can understand teh AP terror media pushing it, but not Sputnik.
    • avatar
      here i am pointing things out again:

      you don't expect the perpetrator to own up to his crime by killing someone who has helped in negotiations a lot. you own up to it when you want to declare war. but al nusra is already at war with russia, syria, iran and turkey.

      what i am saying is this was a COVERT operation. and you don't frame yourself in a covert operation.

      how convenient for al nusra to take a call from you know which think tank and then claim responsibility.
    • C Han
      According to Turkish Intelligence, the killer is a member of Fethullah Gulen (supported by the CIA) and the coup was claimed by the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly the al-Nusra Front), also supported by the CIA.

      Let us see the facts:
      These 'moderate terrorists' who are supported by the CIA and Obama's administration are responsible of the Russian ambassador's murder.
      Factually, the CIA and the Obama's administration are harboring, protecting, helping, training these terrorist groups (Fethullah Gulen and Al-Nusra Front) and as these terrorist groups are doing exactly what the CIA and the Obama's administration are expecting of them. A clear mind would understand the CIA and the Obama's administration are commandeering these terrorist group.

      In all logic, that makes the CIA and the Obama's administration the headquarter of these terrorists.
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