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Turkey's shooting of Russian fighter insane act to draw NATO, US deeper into Syrian quagmire

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A still image from video footage shown on Turkish TV shows the plane with a burning trail.
On Tuesday, Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that was carrying out military operations against jihadi groups in Northern Syria. The downing of the Su-24 fighter jet is part of a broader plan by the administration of Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan to topple the secular government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and to establish "safe zones" on the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border. Erdogan needs the safe zones to provide a sanctuary for the militant extremists who are the footsoldiers in his war against Syria. The downing of the Russian fighter is a desperate attempt by Erdogan to incite a reaction from Russia that will draw either NATO or the United States deeper into a conflict which has dragged on for 4 and a half years and killed 250,000 people.

Unlike the Obama administration, that has been willing to arm and train jihadi groups to conduct its proxy-war against Assad in Syria, Erdogan is a true believer, a committed Islamist who has done everything in his power to roll back democracy in Turkey, to establish one-man rule, to destroy the independent judiciary, to silence the free press, and to establish a conservative and intolerant Islamic state. Erdogan is what many would call a "Koolaid drinker", a man who believes that his support for disparate and vicious terrorist groups that have decimated Syria, laid its civilian infrastructure to waste, and displaced more than half the population is "God's work". Make no mistake, the Turkish government is the modern-day Caliphate. The fact that its government officials dress in nicely-tailored suits rather than black pajamas, is merely a way to divert attention from their extreme fanaticism and their covert support for liver-eating fundamentalist savages.

In the seven weeks since Russia began military operations in Syria, nearly all of the gains of the US-Turkey-Saudi-Qatar jihadi coalition have been wiped out. The decisive battle took place more than a week ago at Kuweris airbase east of Aleppo. This was the tipping point for the war although the imminent fall of Aleppo is bound to attract more notoriety. It's clear now that the Russian-led coalition is winning the war, has foiled US attempt to remove Assad, and that the bulk of the foreign mercenaries will either be killed or captured. The Obama administration realizes that the current phase of the war is hopeless and has started to implement a fallback plan to control territory in E Syria that is critical for future pipeline corridors. In contrast, the Turkish government is completely unwilling to accept the fact that its plan has failed which is why it has embarked on this risky strategy to draw either NATO or Washington deeper into the fray. Check this out from a Tuesday battlefield report from South Front:
"The Syrian forces backed up by the Russian warplanes, pushed back the militant groups from nearly 200 kilometers of land in the coastal province of Lattakia, military sources said Monday. On Sunday, the Syrian army and popular forces purged the terrorists and advanced to areas near the Turkish borders. The ground reports argue that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took control of Zahia heights, 2km from the joint borders with Turkey."
Can you see what's going on? The Russian-led coalition is closing in on the Syria-Turkish border which will put an end to Erdogan's dream of toppling Assad or continuing to fuel the war with terrorists that are provided a safe haven on Syrian soil. This is why the Su-24 fighter was shot down on Tuesday. It is a desperate attempt to salvage the failed strategy of toppling a secular government and replacing it with friendly Islamic extremists who hew to Erdogan's twisted worldview.

Comment: What cowards! Turkey is clearly threatened by Russian operations in Syria. Turkey's support of ISIS is close to being exposed and this is a desperate attempt to stop it.

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Russia suspends military cooperation with Turkey, deploys missile cruiser off coast of Syria with orders to destroy any target posing danger

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A missile cruiser "Moscow" firing anti-aircraft missiles during the joint sailing of various fleets' vessels for combat training
Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara after the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish air forces, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday. Further measures to beef up Russian air base security in Syria will also be taken.

Three steps as announced by top brass:
  1. Each and every strike groups' operation is to be carried out under the guise of fighter jets
  2. Air defense to be boosted with the deployment of Moskva guided missile cruiser off Latakia coast with an aim to destroy any target that may pose danger
  3. Military contacts with Turkey to be suspended
Sergey Rudskoy, a top official with the Russian General Staff, condemned the attack on the Russian bomber in Syrian airspace by a Turkish fighter jet as "a severe violation of international law". He stressed that the Su-24 was downed over the Syrian territory. The crash site was four kilometers away from the Turkish border, he said.

Rudskoy said the Russian warplane did not violate Turkish airspace. Additionally, according to the Hmeymim airfield radar, it was the Turkish fighter jet that actually entered Syrian airspace as it attacked the Russian bomber.

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Free Syrian Army claims to have hit Russian-made helicopter with anti-tank missile in online video

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A video of Syrian rebels allegedly firing at a Russian-made helicopter on the ground has been posted on a YouTube channel associated with the FSA's 1st Coastal Brigade. The helicopter is said to have been on a search mission for the pilots of the Su-24 jet downed by Turkey in Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the militants struck the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), considered to be the so-called "moderate opposition" by the West, has received US Tow missiles among other weaponry.

The video released by the rebel group shows two helicopters flying over a wooded area. The clip then switches to a militant setting up and arming a TOW anti-missile rocket launcher.

It's followed by footage of a helicopter on the ground filmed from a distance, which is blown up by a direct hit. However, the distance and the quality of the video don't make it possible to establish the allegiance of the helicopter.

Comment: Consider this: A grateful Al-Qaeda effectively thanks US for supplying them with anti-tank missiles in new video
Of course Washington isn't as vocal in its support of al-Nusra as it is in its enthusiasm for the "moderate" opposition group of choice, the Free Syrian Army. As we've documented extensively, the FSA has received anti-tank weapons from The Pentagon over the past two months so that they may counter the advance on Aleppo by Hezbollah and the IRGC. Given that the very same Iran-backed Shiite militias the FSA is fighting in Syria are also fighting ISIS in Iraq, the fact that the US is supplying the FSA with weapons to kill them is nothing short of ridiculous. Here's how we described the situation last month:


The US is now supplying anti-tank weapons and other munitions to the rebels fighting in Aleppo and those weapons are being used to kill these very same Shiite militiamen who are driving US tanks, fighting alongside the Iraqi army, and indirectly receiving US assistance just across the border in Iraq.
And now those same anti-tank missiles have just been used against Russian forces.

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Erdogan plans to provoke a conflict between Turkey and Russia by shooting down Russian jet

Terrorist accomplice Erdogan
Turkey's President Erdogan is planning to shoot down Russian planes in Syria, to put relations between Russia and Turkey to the brink of war. This should help him in his election campaign and save him from possible defeat and the end of his political career. A Turkish blogger, known under the name Fuat Avni came out with this troubling warning. He has been active for several years, and his denunciations of government's plans often turn out to be true.

Our sources in Turkey believe that Erdogan out of a well-founded fear of defeat is ready to plunge his country into a state of war hysteria, shooting down Russian planes in the skies of Syria under the pretext that they violated the Turkish airspace.

Erdogan has pushed himself into a corner with his position on Syria. His planes, under the pretext of fighting ISIS are bombing Kurdish villages, causing active resistance of both the Syrian and Turkish Kurds.

Comment: The election is over. So the question is: why? What does Erdogan really think he can accomplish? Is he really that stupid? Putin has outed Turkey as a supporter of ISIS, and the Russian Duma is already considering severing diplomatic relations, with deputies writing to Putin:
"The aggression of Turkey once again confirms the overwhelming support of the Turkish Republic for international terrorism, especially the Islamic State ... In relation to this, we ask you to summon our ambassador to the Republic of Turkey to clarify the situation and simultaneously consider the question of downgrading diplomatic relations to the point of severing them, raise the question of the responsibility of Turkey for its aggression against Russia in the UN security council, recognize Turkey as a country which is an accomplice of terrorism, and take measures to curb this state's support for ISIS and other terrorist groups."

The deputy chairman of the State Duma, Nikolay Levichev, stated: "Turkey has shown solidarity with terrorists. ... Now, as the link between Ankara and ISIS is obvious, we need to minimize the risk posed by Turkey to our citizens. To this end, it is advisable to cease flight connections with this country and evacuate Russians living there. It is worth considering the immediate withdrawal of our ambassador from Ankara to Moscow for consultation. Our response should be swift and decisive."
Lavrov has advised Russians to avoid Turkey like the terrorist plague it is (not his precise words). And Moscow now plans to suspend all military cooperation with Ankara.


Putin at international energy forum in Tehran: 'Complex anti-ISIS campaign in Syria would be impossible without Iran'

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The Russian-led anti-terrorist campaign in Syria has taken center stage at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran, where President Putin met with Iranian leaders and praised their country's role in rooting out terrorism in the region.

Meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, the Russian leader said that without Iran's cooperation in the anti-terrorist campaign in Syria, success would have been impossible to achieve. Vladimir Putin emphasized that the Russian-led operation is a "complex" mission that also involves work coordinating the efforts of the coalition which includes Syria, Iran and Iraq."All this is done, of course, in agreement with the Iranian partners," said Putin. "I think that without them it would be impossible."

Rouhani meanwhile announced that Iran and Russia have agreed to strengthen their efforts against the common enemy and to further develop "cooperation on regional issues, in particular in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism today is a formidable challenge for the region and for the whole world," Rouhani said at a press conference following the talks. "Whereas some countries are only indulging in anti-terrorist oratory and taking demonstrative actions, our two countries have proved that this issue can be addressed seriously."

Putin meanwhile praised the efforts of Russian pilots, who continue daily combat sorties against terrorist targets in Syria."I evaluate the actions of our pilots as quite positive," Putin said. In addition to deploying vast air power, Putin stated that Russia is also using its fleet in the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to launch missiles against Islamic State targets in Syria.

Comment: Like Putin, Khamenei seems fully aware of who the real terrorists are and is willing to work in cooperation with Russia and Syria to defeat it.

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Saudi Arabia: A Daesh that has already made it

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Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity's common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price: preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends Wahhabism, the ultra-puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on.

Wahhabism, a messianic radicalism that arose in the 18th century, hopes to restore a fantasized caliphate centered on a desert, a sacred book, and two holy sites, Mecca and Medina. Born in massacre and blood, it manifests itself in a surreal relationship with women, a prohibition against non-Muslims treading on sacred territory, and ferocious religious laws. That translates into an obsessive hatred of imagery and representation and therefore art, but also of the body, nakedness and freedom. Saudi Arabia is a Daesh that has made it.

The West's denial regarding Saudi Arabia is striking: It salutes the theocracy as its ally but pretends not to notice that it is the world's chief ideological sponsor of Islamist culture. The younger generations of radicals in the so-called Arab world were not born jihadists. They were suckled in the bosom of Fatwa Valley, a kind of Islamist Vatican with a vast industry that produces theologians, religious laws, books, and aggressive editorial policies and media campaigns.


Pepe Escobar: 'Not only does Turkey back ISIS, it provides the terrorists logistical support'

A Russian warplane has gone down near the Turkish-Syrian border after an apparent attack. Turkish and Russian sources have given conflicting reports about the incident, which has the potential to escalate the tension between Russia and NATO member Turkey.

"Russian retaliation will be more calibrated, be colder, it will be swift, and the when the Turks cannot see it coming" - Pepe Escobar


Turkey shoots down Russian warplane: NATO's act of war

Despite blatant provocation, Russia must continue toward the finish line. With cameras rolling, Turkey has claimed it has shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft. The New York Times in its article, "Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syria Border," reports that:
Turkish fighter jets on patrol near the Syrian border shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday after it violated Turkey's airspace, a long-feared escalation that could further strain relations between Russia and the West.
The escalation is "long feared" not because the Turkish government actually fears that Russian warplanes crossing their border pose a threat to it or its people, but because Russia has ended NATO's proxy war, a proxy war spearheaded in part by Turkey itself, amid Russia's joint military operations with Syria against the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (ISIS) and supporting terrorist factions.


Turkish President Erdogan approves newly elected cabinet hours after shooting down Russian jet over Syria

Turkish President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a new elected cabinet, following a victory by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in recent parliamentary elections. Erdogan on Tuesday approved a list presented by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

During a meeting at the presidential palace in the capital, Ankara, earlier in the day, Erdogan received Davutoglu and approved the list of the 64th government of Turkey.

According to some Turkish sources, Berat Albayrak, a son-in-law of Erdogan, has been appointed as the energy minister, while Ali Babacan, the once popular and powerful head of the economy, is not included in the list. Babacan's portfolio will go to former Finance Minister Mehmet Sismek.

Mevlut Cavusoglu has returned to the government as the foreign minister, while Volkan Bozkir will act as the European Union minister.

The AKP stormed to victory in the November 1 elections and regained its parliamentary majority, which it had lost in June. Erdogan had ordered the snap votes after Davutoglu failed in his efforts to form a coalition government. Before the Tuesday announcement, the Turkish prime minister was heading an interim cabinet.

The approval of the new cabinet came only hours after the Turkish military said it had downed a Russian fighter jet after, Ankara stated, the aircraft violated Turkey's airspace.

Comment: Wonder what the new cabinet thinks of Mr. Erdogan's Tuesday morning activities? This is a sad situation made a lot worse, with possible "round-the-world" ramifications.

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'Moderate' Turkmen terrorists claim they executed parachuting Russian Su-24 pilot

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Still from video of pilots who ejected from downed Russian Su-24
As the two Russian pilots descended by parachute after the Su-24 jet was downed, both were shot dead by Turkmen forces, Reuters reports citing a deputy commander of a Turkmen brigade in Syria.

"Both of the pilots were dead on retrieval. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air," Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander of a Syrian Turkmen brigade said.

He was speaking near the Syrian village of Yamadi, according to Reuters. Celik held what he said was a piece of a pilot's parachute.

A graphic video posted earlier on social media purported to show a Russian pilot lying on the ground surrounded by a group of men praising Allah.

The men reportedly regretted they hadn't burned him on the spot.

Comment: The Free Syria Army is one of the 'moderate rebel' groups supported by the U.S. If the pilots were killed as they descended, it is considered a war crime. These cowards uploaded a video of them shooting at the defenseless pilot