Puppet Masters


Russia ready to consider steps to close Turkish-Syrian border with France

Turkish soldiers near Turkish-Syria border.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described as correct the offer of French President Francois Hollande to take steps to close the Syrian-Turkish border. He said as much while talking to reporters on Wednesday.

"Going back to the news conference of Presidents of France and the United States Francois Hollande and Barack Obama in Washington, I noticed that the French president suggested taking steps to close the Turkish-Syrian border to stop both the flow of militants and terrorist financing," the Russian minister said. "It is significant that President Obama did not respond to this in any way, but I think it's the right suggestion."

"I hope that President Hollande will brief us on the issue tomorrow (during the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin)," the Russian foreign minister said. "We would be ready to seriously consider the steps necessary for this."

"Many say that, by closing this border, we will effectively curb the terrorist threat in Syria," Lavrov added.


SOTT Radio Network: Paris terror attacks - War against ISIS? Interview with Pepe Escobar

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Spanish SOTT editors (es.sott.net) recently spoke with renowned Brazilian journalist Pepe Escobar, who explained that the Paris terror attacks were personal for him: they occurred in a part of the French capital he knows well.

Escobar writes a column for the Asia Times, and works as an analyst for RT and PressTV. He has spent many years tracking the movements of Islamic militant groups, particularly in central Asia. He coined the term 'pipelineistan' to describe the deadly resource wars occurring across the great landmass of Eurasia, and is one of the foremost experts on the geopolitics of 'the New Great Game'.

In this interview, Escobar discusses the epic intelligence failure surrounding the attacks in Paris, the two-way flow of jihadists from Europe to Syria, and the prospects for NATO-Russian cooperation in routing ISIS/Daesh from Syria and the Middle East.

As Escobar explains, it's all well and good for French President Hollande to call for a 'grand coalition' between NATO and Russia against the Islamic State, but the Turkish regime - for one - is very unlikely to let anybody go after the terrorists it helped create...

Bad Guys

Western politicians 'sobered' by Turkey's acts of war against Russia

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With the eyes of the world focused on the situation surrounding the Turkish shoot down of a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria, experts suggest that the reaction of both the Western media and leaders suggests that they are fully aware just how reckless and dangers Turkey's actions are.

Wednesday's analysis in major Western newspapers warned that the Turkish Air Force attack on the Russian Su-24 in Syria may lead to a further deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO, already at historic lows, with commentators suggesting that the alliance could now be drawn into a new crisis in the Middle East, and that the situation threatens the fragile diplomatic effort to resolve the crisis in Syria, at the precise moment when agreement seemed more and more probable.

The incident was met with dismay from many Western politicians, who promptly called for restraint and calm following the incident, while nonetheless emphasizing that they "stand behind" their Turkish allies. This included NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said following an emergency meeting of the NATO Council that "what we are calling for now is calm and de-escalation," and measures to ensure "transparency, predictability and various means to reduce risks."

Comment: Though NATO is nominally a 'defender' of the West, in the end NATO has created numerous terrorist breeding grounds, increased terrorism by 6,500%, created a refugee crisis in the process, and has now openly attacked a nuclear power. Will Western leaders really wake up to the consequences of NATO's actions? Only if they realize that their own self-interest is at stake and find an opening to make independent decisions. At this point that seems like quite a stretch.

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Lavrov slams Turkey for effectively allying with ISIS & playing major role in their illegal oil trade

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Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian bomber involved in an anti-terror mission against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group means that Ankara has effectively sided with IS.

Heading off any denial of this fact, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Turkey's role in the terrorist group's illegal oil trade.

Discussing the downing of the Russian Su-24 bomber on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had harsh words for his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

According to a press release from Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov pointed out that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey's airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS."

Comment: As usual,Lavrov's right on the money - with this attack Turkey has openly come out on the side of ISIS. Also see:

Snakes in Suits

Turkish Prime Minister boasts he gave order to shoot down Russia's plane

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As details continue to emerge about the downing of a Russian bomber along the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has admitted to personally giving the order to fire on the aircraft, Canadian news outlet ThinkPol reported.

Hours after the incident which destroyed a Russian Su-24 bomber and left one pilot dead, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went on the defensive, blaming an alleged incursion of Turkish airspace.

"We did not want this situation to happen, but everybody has to respect Turkey's right to defend its borders," he told reporters, adding that the military's actions were "fully in line with Turkey's rules of engagement."

Comment: Does Davutoglu think he can gain some points in his government for this outrageous act?

Quenelle - Golden

No one's buying Turkey's 'official lies' about shooting down Russian Su-24

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The Turkish government's official explanation for shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber was that it had violated Turkish airspace. But Ankara's timeline of the events is already raising questions.

In the wake of the downing of a Russian bomber along the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday, many were demanding answers. In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, the Turkish ambassador gave his government's view of the incident.

"This morning (24 November) 2 SU-24 planes, the nationality of which are unknown have approached Turkish national airspace in Yayladagi/Hatay region. The planes in question have been warned 10 times during a period of 5 minutes via 'Emergency' channel and asked to change their headings south immediately," the letter, obtained by Wikileaks, reads.

Comment: Turkey has proven to the world that they are a terrorist regime. It only takes two firing neurons to see that they're lying, and are desperately trying to protect their terrorist assets. Also see:
But now that Turkey showed its hand, Putin isn't holding back. During his meeting with the King of Jordan the day of the attack, Putin made clear Turkey's close relationship with ISIS, calling it a "terrorists' accomplice" and explicitly stating what everyone knows but no one says publicly:
We have long been recording the movement of a large amount of oil and petroleum products to Turkey from ISIS-occupied territories. This explains the significant funding the terrorists are receiving. Now they are stabbing us in the back by hitting our planes that are fighting terrorism. ... If ISIS is making so much money - we are talking about tens or maybe even hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars - in oil trade and they are supported by the armed forces of an entire state, it is clear why they are being so daring and impudent, why they are killing people in such gruesome ways, why they are committing terrorist attacks all over the world, including in the heart of Europe.
Turkey shoots down Russian warplane: NATO's act of war


Don't expect truth from MSM - Turkey is lying

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Photos of Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet shot down by Turkish F-16 – dead in flame.
Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge has posted the flight paths of the Russian aircraft according to Turkey and to Russia.

We know that Turkey is lying for three reasons.

One reason is that NATO governments lie every time that they open their mouths.

A second reason is that Turkey's claim that the SU-24 was in Turkey's airspace for 17 seconds but only traveled 1.15 miles means that the SU-24 was flying at stall speed! The entire Western media was too incompetent to do the basic math!

A third reason is that, assuming Turkey's claim of a 17-second airspace violation is true, 17 seconds is not long enough for a Turkish pilot to get clearance for such a serious and reckless act as shooting down a Russian military aircraft. If the SU-24 was flying at a normal speed rather than one that would be unable to keep the aircraft aloft, the alleged airspace violation would not have been long enough to be noticed.

A shootdown had to have been pre-arranged. The Turks, knowing that the Russians were foolishly trusting to the agreement that there be no air to air encounters, told pilots to look for an opportunity. In my recent article, I gave a reason for this reckless act.

Turkey's explanation to the UN Security Council gives itself away as a lie. The letter states: "This morning (24 November) 2 SU-24 planes, the nationality of which are unknown have approached Turkish national airspace. The Planes in question have been warned 10 times during a period of 5 minutes via 'Emergency' channel and asked to change their headings south immediately."


Downing of Russian jet appears to be 'preplanned provocation' - Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he added.

"We have serious doubts that this act was unintentional. It looks very much like a preplanned provocation," Lavrov said, citing Turkey's failure to maintain proper communication with Russia, the abundance of footage of the incident and other evidence.

Lavrov added that many Russian partners called the incident "an obvious ambush."

Earlier in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slammed Russia for "attacks on Turkmen" in Syria, which according to Ankara preceded the incident with the downed Su-24.

The Russian FM said the region where the incident happened is not just home to Turkmen people. There are also hundreds of foreign fighters affiliated with known terrorist groups and elements of their infrastructure such as weapons depots and command points there, he said.

"I asked [Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu] whether Turkey's close attention to this region, including the calls to create a buffer zone there, was motivated by a desire to protect this infrastructure from destruction. I didn't receive any reply to this question," Lavrov said.

Star of David

The man behind the curtain: Israeli colonel captured among ISIL terrorist forces in Iraq

This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was "caught with IS pants down." By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called IS - or Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preference - terrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under interrogation by the Iraqi intelligence he apparently said a lot regarding the role of Netanyahu's IDF in supporting IS.

In late October an Iranian news agency, quoting a senior Iraqi intelligence officer, reported the capture of an Israeli army colonel, named Yusi Oulen Shahak, reportedly related to the ISIS Golani Battalion operating in Iraq in the Salahuddin front. In a statement to Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency a Commander of the Iraqi Army stated, "The security and popular forces have held captive an Israeli colonel." He added that the IDF colonel "had participated in the Takfiri ISIL group's terrorist operations." He said the colonel was arrested together with a number of ISIL or IS terrorists, giving the details: "The Israeli colonel's name is Yusi Oulen Shahak and is ranked colonel in Golani Brigade... with the security and military code of Re34356578765az231434."

Comment: Israel and Western powers have been creating, funding, directing, and fighting among terrorists for a long time. Its nothing new, but is a fact that rarely seems to make it into the Western media and to the awareness of most people. Or if it does, the implications are never explored. No surprise there. Perhaps that will now begin to change since these types of 'smoking guns' have never been better documented and more apparent.

Remember these British SAS guys - who were caught dressed as Arabs red-handedly inflicting violent chaos among the Iraqi population several years ago?


Red Flag

A welcoming party for the Syrians and Kurds? Turkey sends another 20 tanks to Syrian border

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The Anadolu news agency reports that the Turkish authorities have sent tanks to its border with Syria.

The Turkish military has sent 20 more tanks to an armored brigade it has stationed at Turkey's western border with Syria, Turkey's Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.

"Accompanied by police and gendarmes, 20 tanks were sent by rail from Turkey's western provinces by railway to Gaziantep in the south of the country, and then redirected to the Syrian border," a military source told the agency.

It was also reported that the Turkish air force sent 18 fighter jets on a patrol exercise at its border with Syria on Wednesday.