Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, offers his prayers during the opening ceremony of the Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. (AP Photo)
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The killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara has exposed deep divisions in policy and hostility to Moscow among some in Turkish society despite a reconciliation deal after a seven-month crisis. Ambassador Andrei Karlov was assassinated Monday by an off-duty policeman who according to witnesses shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and said all those responsible for what happened in Syria and Aleppo would be held accountable. Russia however, a major Assad ally, has changed the fate of the nearly 6-year-old war in Syria in favor of the regime after it started a bombing campaign last year, helping the Syrian army make major gains on the ground.Erdogan has in the last months remained largely muted on the Russian raids in Syria – which are pushing Ankara-backed opposition fighters close to the Turkish frontier, together with evacuated civilians.
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