Assassin of Russian Ambassador Linked to Cleric Who Supports Erdogan


From Turkish Minute:

While the Turkish government insists on claiming that Mert Altıntaş, the police officer who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Ankara, is linked to the Gülen movement, it has been discovered that the gunman attended the sermons of Nurettin Yıldız, a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The Hürriyet daily reported on Saturday that police officer Altıntaş, who shouted al Nusra Front slogans after shooting the Russian ambassador in an art gallery on Monday, attended the sermons of Yıldız at Ankara’s Hacı Bayram Mosque.

Yıldız, the president of the Social Fabric Foundation (Sosyal Doku Vakfı), had sparked a public reaction after he argued that marrying a 6-year-old girl is legitimate. In addition to this remark that caused outrage, Yıldız also said it is a sin to watch a woman news anchor on TV and that women should be grateful to be beaten.

In an interview with the state-owned Anadolu news agency, Yıldız voiced support for Erdoğan, saying that it was a requirement of his faith to support the president.

This guy’s a real card. Naturally, an Erdogan mouthpiece has an explanation:

Minister of Interior Affairs Süleyman Soylu, however, claimed on Saturday that the murderer is linked to the Gülen movement and that the radical Islamist clues in his life were efforts to disguise his links to the movement, which is known for its promotion of interfaith dialogue and is frowned upon by Islamists for those efforts.

Turkish Minute is not government controlled. Read their Who We Are:

Turkish Minute is a web portal presenting news on Turkey in English amid ever-increasing pressure on the critical and independent media in the country. Due to unprecedented oppression inside Turkey, journalists in exile do not write under their own names in an effort to protect loved ones back home. The staff at Turkish Minute — operating under the belief that presenting independent news about Turkey is essential in the absence of critical voices at home and that if they don’t report the news in English, it simply will not be available to the outside world — contribute to this website with personal sacrifice and at great risk to themselves and their families.

At the time of this post it appears that Turkish Minute is the only new outlet in English which is carrying the story.

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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