Writes Paul Thompson from the Daily Mail:
A statement released by the Syria based al-Nusra front hails the killer, off duty policeman Mevlut Altintas, as a martyr who sought ‘revenge for the women, children and elderly killed in Aleppo’.
Altintas recited a poem associated with al-Nusra fighters and yelled, ‘Don’t forget Aleppo’, before gunning down Andrei Karlov at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara.
The terror group’s claim that he killed 62-year-old diplomat on their behalf, reported by Turkey’s Hurriyet, has not been said by Turkish or Russian authorities.
The document, written in Arabic, describes the killer as a martyr.
It says he carried out the killing on behalf of Fatah al-Sham, the new name for al-Nusra Front.
Al-Nusra are an affiliate of the al Q’aida terror group responsible for the 2001 attacks on America and other atrocities around the world.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet carried a copy of the claim on their website and said the claim had been sent to the Russian media outlet Sputnik.
Thompson is aware of the crackdown on Turkey’s journalists who would be doing honest reporting. It’s hard to write stories from a jail cell. People in the assassins hometown were reluctant to speak to the media is fear of reprisals.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s leading state-run newspapers like Daily Sabah and Hurriyet Daily News parrot President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s narrative that it was “terrorists” from the FETO network run by Iman Fethullah Gülen from a Pennsylvania compound.