Turkey Unsafe for Diplomats and Foreign Visitors

Turkish Terrorism Continues while
ISIS Operates within Border

On December
19, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was fatally shot after
delivering a speech at an art gallery in Ankara. The gunman reportedly shouted
“Allahu Akbar” and said in Turkish “We die in Aleppo, you die
here” during the shooting which left Ambassador Andrei Karlov dead. The
attack came amid protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in the Syria war.

The attacker
was fatally shot by police after killing Ambassador Karlov and wounding at
least three others in what Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called an act of
terrorism. “We regard this as a terrorist act,“ Russian Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters
. “Terrorism will not win and we will
fight against it decisively.”

Hours after
the shooting, the United States State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs
stated on its Twitter site
: “Reports of shooting near US Embassy Ankara,
#Turkey- US citizens advised to avoid Embassy area until further notice.”

Turkey
remains unsafe for diplomats and foreign visitors traveling to Turkey, evident
by recent attacks and security messages for U.S. Citizens.

In addition,
the U.S. Embassy in Turkey warns American citizens about demonstrations to take
place on December 20 between Ataturk Park and Adana’s Central Train Station,
which in the past have included anti-American messages. “Even demonstrations
intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence,”
according to the U.S. Embassy in Turkey’s Security Message.

The shooting
of the ambassador is the latest in a string of attacks in Turkey this year. On
Saturday, a car bomb exploded near a public bus in Turkey, killing 13 soldiers
and wounding 55 people, according to Turkish officials. The prior week, a pair
of bombings
in Istanbul killed 44 people, including 37 police officers, and
injured 155 others.

Terrorism
within Turkey continues to increase as ISIS operatives are crossing the border
and conducting business within the country. According to the The Independent, more than 57,000 emails
published on WikiLeaks this month prove that Turkish Minister of Oil Berat
Albayrak, son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is linked with a company
that deals with ISIS-controlled oil fields.

Photo Caption: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov speaks at a gallery in Ankara on December 19, just before a gunman (left) opened fire.

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