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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


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

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A Turkish prosecutor asked a court to imprison the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper pending trial for espionage and treason. In May, the outlet published photos of weapons it said were then transferred to Syria by Turkey's intelligence agency.

Besides the editor, Can Dündar, the prosecution said it is seeking the same pre-trial restrictions for Cumhuriyet's representative in Ankara, Erdem Gül.

Dündar arrived at an Istanbul court on Thursday, saying that he and his colleague "came here to defend journalism."

"We came here to defend the right of the public to obtain the news and their right to know if their government is feeding them lies. We came here to show and to prove that governments cannot engage in illegal activity and defend this," Dündar was cited by Today's Zaman.

Comment: Erdogan can't have freedom of the press exposing his 'dirty laundry'. Cumhuriyet had just made the following revelation: Mystery over who bombed Turkish convoy allegedly carrying weapons to militants in Syria


Iraqi forces retake Palestine Bridge and cut last IS supply line to Ramadi

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A military vehicle of the Iraqi security forces is pictured near the University of Anbar, in Anbar province July 28, 2015.
Iraqi forces have cut Islamic State's last supply line into the western city of Ramadi by seizing a key bridge, Iraqi officials and a military officer said on Thursday.

The capture of Palestine Bridge, straddling the Euphrates river in northwestern Ramadi, means Iraqi forces have the city surrounded. They will now move to clear the city of the Sunni militants one neighborhood at a time.

"The bridge is now entirely under our control," said Sabah al-Numani, spokesman for the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, which are deployed on the western side of the bridge along with federal police.

"We are tightening our grip on them (Islamic State)."


Turkey going the way of Iraq and Libya?

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I used to admire Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

I admired his efforts to end the secular fascist gulag state founded by the alcoholic pedophile freemason Attaturk, and turn Turkey into an Islamic democracy.

I admired him for breaking up the neocon-Zionist Ergenekon plot to overthrow Turkish democracy via a 9/11-style false flag.

I admired his management of the Turkish economy, which enjoyed near double-digit growth during most of his term in office.

I admired him for saying he was going to use the Turkish Navy to break the blockade of Gaza after the Israelis murdered ten people, including eight Turkish nationals, aboard the Mavi Marmara.

And I admired his "zero problems with neighbors" policy, under which Turkey maintained good relations with every legitimate country in the region - including Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Russia - and refused to help the Zionist-dominated USA destroy Iraq in 2003.

But in the wake of his insane decision to shoot down a Russian plane for a trivial, most likely nonexistent, border violation, Erdogan has finished tearing his own legacy to shreds. He may also have set the stage for the carving-up of Turkey, in accordance with Israel's ongoing Oded Yinon plan to balkanize the Middle East.

Bad Guys

NATO's war provocation and its dangerous consequences

The NATO attack on a Russian military jet on Tuesday November 24, using the Turkish air force to do its dirty work, is a dangerous act of war against Russia with very dangerous consequences for the world. The murder of one of the pilots, shot by ISIS terrorists while parachuting to the ground, is a war crime for which Turkey and the NATO countries are collectively responsible. President Putin has rightly called it a stab in the back by Turkey, a betrayal that cannot be forgiven and will forever be remembered.

If anyone ever doubted that the joint criminal enterprise called NATO was supporting and directing the terrorist groups in Syria, the same groups, they claim, that conducted the attacks in Paris and on the Russian airliner over Sinai, they now have the proof.

Can there be any doubt that this attack on Russian forces in Syria is intended to disrupt the Russian-Syrian campaign against those NATO supported terrorist groups? Can there be any doubt that if they are willing to shoot down one Russian aircraft they are willing to shoot down more? Can there be any doubt that this attack is intended to push Russia to react with counter force against Turkey resulting in a claim by NATO that it is under attack, resulting in a general war?

Comment: The consequences for the world are going to be pretty darn bad, as long as events continue along their current trajectory. As the author noted, these NATO leaders know 'no morality, have no conscience'. They behave like psychopaths, and the fate of the West is still in their hands. Also see:


Turk-Stream pipeline postponed due to Turkey's aggression - Russia plans further restrictive measures

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Russia's Economic Development Minister stated that the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project falls under the restrictive measures against Turkey.

"This project is no different from any other, we are talking about our investment cooperation [with Turkey], it is one of the most perspective investment projects, and, just like any other project, it falls under the law on special economic measures," Ulyukayev said, commenting the fate of the Turkish Stream.

Construction on Turkish Stream was scheduled to begin in June, but was postponed pending a formal agreement. According the Russian Energy Ministry, Russia and Turkey were expected to sign the pipeline agreement no earlier than December 2015.

Comment: Also see: NATO Orders Stool-Pigeon Turkey to Shoot Down Russian Jet

Snakes in Suits

Not me: Turkey's Erdogan says Assad regime and supporting countries provide ISIS weapons and finance

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday dismissed "emotional" and "unfitting" suggestions that projects with Russia could be canceled following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border.

In an escalating war of words, he responded to Russian accusations that Turkey has been buying oil and gas from Islamic State in Syria by accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, which include Moscow, of being the real source of the group's financial and military power.

The downing of the jet on Tuesday was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia for half a century, and further complicated international efforts to battle Islamic State militants in Syria.

Comment: Erdogan certainly has a strange imagination: Terror state Turkey's blatant hypocrisy and treachery


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Fort Russ Public Security Brief: Turkish act of war against Russia

The Russian pilot executed by moderate terrorists while attempting to surrender.
Turkey has committed an act of War against the Russian Federation, in its downing of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet.

A Turkish fighter jet shot down the Russian plane. Turkmen militia, under Turkish command, have killed one pilot who attempted to surrender. The pilot, being one man surrounded by hostile forces, clearly unable and not wanting to fight, followed protocols and Geneva convention-proscribed procedures, and would have attempted to surrender. Instead, he was either killed in the field, while landing, or executed by the Turkmen militia once captured. At the time of writing this, the other pilot is still MIA.

Comment: And yet this admitted warcrime was brushed off as "self-defense" by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner:

It is highly probable that these actions taken by Turkmen militia, as a proxy force under direct command from Ankara, carried out these actions with tacit state approval. Turkmen militias have played a supportive role in supporting ISIS border crossings and ISIS oil shipments into Turkey.