The Jabhat Fatah al-Sham organization (formerly the al-Nusra Front and Al Qaeda in Syria prior to that) claimed to be responsible for Monday’s murder of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov’s in Ankara. The terrorist group claimed responsibility via a letter which appeared on the Internet. The letter was written in Arabic.
The statement by the group said that “one of the heroes of the Jaish al-Fatah, Mert Altintas carried out the execution of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara,” because the world remains silent to what is taking place in Aleppo, no support comes to the Muslims in the Levant and for the victory of the Syrian people.
The officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, shot and killed 62-year-old Ambassador Andrey Karlov while he was giving a speech Monday night at an art gallery opening, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters.
The group said the assassination of the Russian ambassador was the “first act of revenge” for the women, children and the elderly killed in Aleppo as well as all the Muslims killed across the world.
The Turkish government is trying to blame the pro-Gulen activists, which Fetullah Gulen has denied.
The Tukish Hurriyet reports that the redicalized assassin Mevlut Mert Altintas, was part of law enforcement forces that provided security at least eight events attended by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since July 15. The newspaper also points out that just prior to the coup attempt on July 15, Altintas called in sick, and it remains unclear exactly what he was doing during that time when the conspirators were attempting to overthrow President Erdogan.
The U.S. supported The Free Syrian Army in Syria but as the fighting went on, terrorists, including IS, joined the fight against the Assad government.
The Free Syrian Army chose to include al-Nusra in their army and we were funding the FSA.
In December 2012, Mr. Obama did declare them a terrorist group despite opposition from some in Congress, including John McCain, who were concerned about repercussions against the FSA. Al Nusra were among the most effective forces opposing the Assad army and his allies.
In August 2012, a “SECRET” classified memo was sent to various top Obama administration officials and agencies, including to the State Department and to Clinton’s office personally. The report identifies Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) as being one of the principal elements of the Syrian opposition, which the West was choosing to “support.”
The intelligence report also predicts the rise of a broad “Islamic State” forming from segments of Al Adnani’s group, al Qaeda in Syria aka al Nusra. They split from al Qaeda and tried to present themselves as moderates but they are Salafists who want a caliphate, sharia law and world domination.
A BBC report in February of this year, noted that the U.S. had aided al-Qaida’s efforts to “rebrand” its Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, as a moderate group able to be safely financed and “managed” by the U.S. With Western military aid once again flowing from those labeled “moderate” rebels and into the hands of extremists, it was a repeat of what we did thirty years ago when we aided Osama bin Laden.