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Surviving Russian pilot says Turkey provided no warnings before shooting down warplane

Konstantin Murakhtin, the surviving pilot of the doomed Russian Su-24M Fencer jet
The sole survivor of the downed Russian Su-24M Fencer jet says the Turkish jets did not issue any visual or radio warnings before shooting down the warplane.

"There was no warning, not by radio exchange nor visually. There was no contact at all," said Konstantin Murakhtin, the surviving pilot of the doomed jet, speaking to Russian journalists on Wednesday at the Moscow's base in Syria after being rescued by Russian special forces and Syrian troops.

The remarks made by the Russian pilot are in contrast to those of Turkish government that claimed its F-16 warplanes had issued warnings before shooting down the aircraft.

I ordered them to shoot, says Mr. Premier

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that he himself had given the order to destroy the Russian jet.
"Despite all the warnings, we had had to destroy the aircraft. The Turkish Armed Forces carried out orders given by me personally," said Davutoglu, speaking to a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party, the Canadian ThinkPol news website reported.


Crusades 2.0? Church of England backs use of armed force in Syria

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
War in Syria may be necessary and the Church of England must back armed force if it helps refugees, according to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Welby told the Guardian that after debating the issue in London the Church is effectively committed to backing military action in Syria.

He said "the implications are enormous" and that action is now "almost inevitable" given the seriousness of the Syrian crisis.

Arrow Down

Whistle-blower intimidation: U.S. freezes bank accounts and credit cards of former Air Force drone operators

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From left: Stephen Lewis, Cian Westmoreland, Michael Hass, and Brandon Bryant.
For having the courage to come forward and expose the drone program for the indiscriminate murder that it is, 4 vets are under attack from the government they once served.

The U.S. Government failed to deter them through threats of criminal prosecution, and clumsy attempts to intimidate their families. Now four former Air Force drone operators-turned-whistleblowers have had their credit cards and bank accounts frozen, according to human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack.

"My drone operators went public this week and now their credit cards and bank accounts are frozen," Radack lamented on her Twitter feed (the spelling of her post has been conventionalized). This was done despite the fact that none of them has been charged with a criminal offense - but this is a trivial formality in the increasingly Sovietesque American National Security State.

Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis, who served as drone operators in the US Air Force, have gone public with detailed accounts of the widespread corruption and institutionalized indifference to civilian casualties that characterize the program. Some of those disclosures were made in the recent documentary Drone; additional details have been provided in an open letter from the whistleblowers to President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and CIA Director John Brennan.



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."