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Ordinary Turks apologize to Russia for Su-24 shoot down in Syria

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As expected, the F-16 attack on a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria has become a hot topic for discussion on Turkish social media. Taking a peak at both the Turkish and English-language corners of the Twitterverse, Sputnik discovered that not only are many Turks upset over the incident, some are downright outraged over their government's actions.

With the Turkish Air Force attack on the Russian plane in Syria instantly provoking a swelling response of debate and condolences from both Russian and foreign social media users, Turkish social media users naturally joined in. But in a surprising twist, many offered apologies to their northern neighbor, emphasizing that it is the Recep Erdogan government, not the Turkish people, who should be blamed for the attack.

Some users appealed directly to their Russian friends, using the Russian-language hashtag #StabInTheBack.


Christ-like Putin - How he taught me a lesson

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Russia is the last major world power defending Christianity.
When Turkey ambushed and shot down the Russian SU-24 on Tuesday, the world held its breath.

Would this "stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists", as Putin stated it, trigger World War III?

Despite Turkey's insane act of war, Putin has no plans for starting a war against Turkey and its NATO accomplices.

No doubt Putin's decision not to retaliate with military force springs from political strategy.

Yet nevertheless, it can also be seen as a self-sacrificial act.

Putin and Russia have received a major blow and chosen to turn the other cheek. Not because Russia is weak, fearful or incapable of responding with deadly force. But Putin has chosen to defeat the greater evil of terrorism instead of taking revenge.

Putin now invites his foes to cooperate to defeat the menace of terrorism. This is similar to Christ enduring the pain and shame of the cross to save the world. Russia seems to follow the same path.

Putin's political decision is an expression of moral superiority and meekness that springs from being poor in spirit, the first step of following Christ and an ultimately spiritual Christian virtue. The society of which he is leader possesses the Christian foundation from which such stature springs.

Putin has not only taught me what it means to be Christ-like - his Christ-like response saved the entire world from war on Tuesday.

Thank God for Mr. Putin.


Russia destroys Turkish truck convoy headed for Syrian militants -- Erdogan silent

Last night (November 25) the first photos and video came up of the destroyed Turkish convoy that arrived in the militant-controlled city of Azaz.


Turkish trucks destroyed by Russia

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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?



Russia destroys militants that hunted ejected Su-24 pilot

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After rescuing the second pilot of the downed Su-24 in Syria, the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian artillery targeted the area destroying terrorist groups there.

The terrorists hunting down the air navigator from the downed Su-24 in Syria were equipped with sophisticated direction finder equipment, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

The rescue operation took 12 hours.

"As soon as our pilot was safe, this area was targeted by massive Russian airstrikes an artillery bombardment by Syrian government forces for a prolonged period of time. Terrorists and other 'mysterious' groups operating in this area have been eliminated."

Comment: Well done Russia and Syria!


Always the last to know: Did Turkish government find out about shoot-down of Russian jet after the fact?

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Members of the Turkish air force conduct an aircraft exercise April 11, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
While it's pretty clear that the Erdogan government is lying about the shoot-down of the Russian jet, and that it was indeed a deliberately planned provocation as Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says, that doesn't necessarily mean that the Erdogan government planned it.

It was the Turkish government's actions in the immediate aftermath of the shoot-down that makes me now think that these guys were caught with their pants down.

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President Hollande heads for Moscow to meet with Putin about anti-ISIS efforts

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French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
French leader Francois Hollande will meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday to discuss the joint fight against Islamic State. Options include shutting the Turkish-Syrian border to halt terrorist supplies and setting up a joint HQ for anti-ISIS forces.

Despite strained relationships between Russia and the West, Hollande aims to secure Moscow's assistance in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). It is the main concern for France after terror attacks in Paris on November 13 that left at least 130 dead and many more injured.

Earlier on Thursday, President Hollande said he hopes France will be able to join forces with Russia against the common threat. "I will say to Vladimir Putin we must act against ISIS altogether. We must deploy our forces to destroy them, and surely we must coordinate our efforts," he told press conference in Berlin after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Comment: Smart man. With Putin decimating ISIS, those floundering U.S.-funded terrorists should change their name to WASWAS.

The Kremlin's press service has confirmed in a statement that "the leaders will discuss combatting the terror threat, including coordination in fight against Islamic State as well as some current international issues and bilateral ties."

The main option that will be reportedly discussed is to close the Syrian-Turkish border to stop the reinforcement of terrorists, a move proposed by Paris shortly after the downing of a Russian military jet by the Turkish Air Force.

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Doubled-down insanity: Turkish president says "We'll continue shooting down violating planes"

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey will open fire on foreign planes violating Turkish airspace in the future, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned amid a diplomatic crisis caused by the downing of a Russian warplane by the Turkish Air Force.

"If another violation of our aerial border happens, we can respond in the same way," he said. "The plane was shot down within the rules of engagement announced earlier."

On Tuesday, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet fired at and downed a Russian warplane conducting a combat mission in Syria. Ankara maintains the Russian Su-24 bomber crossed the border and remained in Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.

Russia denies any violations. It also rejects Turkey's claims that its military repeatedly warned the pilots of the Russian jet before attacking it.

"We still haven't heard any apologies from the leadership of Turkey, nor have we heard any proposal to compensate damages or to hold those responsible for this heinous crimes to account," said Vladimir Putin during an official address in Moscow.

Erdogan rejected Moscow's grievances.

Comment: Ankara still wants to maintain ties? What kind of planet are these people living on?


Fair warning: Russia confirms S-400 air defense system put on combat duty in Syria

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Earlier in the day, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported that Russia has delivered its S-400 missile defense system to its air base near Syria's Latakia.

"Today, in accordance with a decision by the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, an S-400 air defense system was promptly delivered and deployed on combat duty at the Hmeymim air base in Syria," ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the Defense Ministry's request to deploy the S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) at the airbase in order to protect Russia's Aerospace Forces operating in Syria.

The decision was made after Turkey's Air Force downed an Su-24 Fencer bomber operating in Syria against the Islamic State.

Comment: Note this is broadly announced so there won't be any misunderstandings of the purpose for the missile defense.


Mystery over who bombed Turkish convoy allegedly carrying weapons to militants in Syria

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A Turkish convoy, which according to some reports was transporting weapons to terrorist organizations, has been hit by apparent airstrikes in northwestern Syria.

Footage released online by the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) shows plumes of smoke from the burning trucks and people running about in panic. At least 20 trucks were engulfed in flames.

The mission, however, wasn't sponsored or organized by the IHH, the group said. No organization has as yet confirmed that the convoy belonged to them.

"Our teams helped to extinguish the fire... The trucks do not belong to us and there is no information on who bombed them," Mustafa Özbek, an official from İHH, told Reuters.

At least seven people were killed and 10 injured in the incident, according to the Turkish Anadolu agency. The trucks were reportedly heading to the town of Azaz in northwestern Syria.

Comment: Given Turkey's treacherous downing of a Russian warplane, any cross-border activity will naturally be viewed with suspicion.

Turkish newspaper editor in court for 'espionage and treason' after revealing weapon convoy to Syrian militants