In the Line of Duty

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VAIN WARNING: Short had foreseen a growing threat to Turkey from Muslim extremists

First they killed him, then they went after his good name. In a statement posted on the Internet the day after the Istanbul blasts, a group claiming responsibility singled out British consul general Roger Short, 58, who died in the attack. The career diplomat was targeted, said the Abu Hafz al-Masri Brigades, because of his "experience in combating Islam and because he is considered the mastermind of British policy in the region." Whatever the truth of that claim of responsibility — and U.S. officials doubt even the group's existence — to the many Turks who knew him well, the depiction of...

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