After the Karlov assasination; check out the Iranian security checking out the Turkish security in the Turkey-Russia-Iran tripartite meeting in Moscow…


Two of the Middle East’s powers are setting themselves up for a fight. It’s not too late to avert one.
Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to jointly act on Syria, one day after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in the Turkish capital, as evacuations from the besieged parts of eastern Aleppo continued on Dec. 20.

Of course Erdoğan and Putin have condemned Monday’s assassination. But anger towards Russia’s role in the Syria crisis is threatening to overspill in Turkey
At least 14 soldiers were killled in yet another terrorist attack in Turkey on Saturday. The government in Ankara blames the PKK. Since it reignited in 2015 the Kurdish conflict has claimed around 2,400 victims, the NGO International Crisis Group estimates. Commentators complain that supporters of democracy in Turkey no longer have any breathing space and call on Ankara to push for an international solution to the conflict.
Five things to worry about after the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey
Chicago Tribune
The Turkish government has been on the receiving end of such hacks before; on Dec. 7, Wikileaks released over 57,000 emails of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s minister of energy and natural resources and also President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law.
Why killing of Russian diplomat may well bring Turkey and Russia closer


Putin and Erdoğan are likely to find common ground in their desire to blame third parties for death of Andrei Karlov

‘Life disappeared before my eyes’: photographer describes killing of Russian ambassador


Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici went to view an exhibition in Ankara but instead witnessed the assassination of Andrei Karlov

The assassination of a Russian ambassador by a Turkish gunman on Monday caused global alarm, but a conflict between Turkey and Russia is unlikely.
US and Iranian Embassies and Consulates will be closed today.
President Erdoğan and Russia’s Leader Putin have said that assassination of Andrey Karlov, the Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, is a provocation against Turkey-Russia relations.
The man who killed Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov on Dec. 19 at an arts center in Ankara was warned by security personnel at the entrance to the venue after he refused to proceed through an X-ray device
Although it’s a significant blow to Turkey-Russia relations after the jet incident, impairing the relations is unlikely.
Photographer was attending the event when an off-duty policeman killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov.
Why was Andrei Karlov killed in Turkey?

The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen examines the impact of the Syrian war on the relationship between Russia and Turkey, after the assassination of ambassador Andrei Karlov.
Erdogan On Killing Of Russian Ambassador

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said the fatal shooting of Russia’s ambassador in front of stunned onlookers at a photo exhibit in Ankara was aimed specifically at derailing closer ties between Turkey and Russia.
The street housing the Russian Embassy building and exhibition hall in Ankara where Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated on Dec. 19 will be renamed after the late envoy
The death toll of the Dec. 10 bomb attack outside Beşiktaş’s Vodafone Arena Stadium has risen to 45, with riot police officer Ufuk Bozgeyik, who was heavily wounded in the attack, succumbing to his injuries at hospital

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