=By= STEVEN ARGUE
Just treacherously fulfilling NATO’s deceitful, imperialist agenda, as per Washington’s designs “to make Russia bleed” for her audacity in disputing Washington’s control of the region.[Photo: Russian SU-24 shot down by Turkey. ]
NATO member Turkey has just shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter jet over Syrian airspace. The religious extremist rebels fighting against Assad have released video that appears to show one of the pilots dead as rebels gloat saying “God is Great!”. Rebels say they killed both pilots, shooting at them as they parachutedfrom the plane. Russian airstrikes, working directly with the Syrian government and Kurdish YPG have delivered severe blows to ISIS. As a result, ISIS has lost 20% of their former territory since Russian bombing began.
Turkey, a country that has carried out genocide against Kurds and which is presently under the leadership of an Islamic Brotherhood [megalomanic] prime minister, has long been seeking the overthrow of both Syria’s and the Kurdish YPG’s ‘s secular and pro-woman governments. They helped arm ISIS, have long aided the movement of foreign jihadist fighters crossing the border into Syria, shoot at and kill Kurdish fighters crossing the border to fight against ISIS, have been bombing some of the best fighters against ISIS in the Kurdish PKK, and are a major market for the oil looted by ISIS. Last year , Turkey also shot down a Syrian fighter jet. As has been clear for some time now, Turkey is mainly fighting on the side of ISIS and other religious extremists in Syria against the Kurds, against women, against religious minorities, and against secularism.
United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Other U.S. Allies out of Syria Now!
-Steven Argue for the Revolutionary Tendency
The Revolutionary Tendency
Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger
Three steps as announced by top brass:
- Each and every strike groups’ operation is to be carried out under the guise of fighter jets
- 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
- 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.
The Turkish fighter jet made no attempts to contact Russian pilots before attacking the bomber, Rudskoy added.
“We assume the strike was carried out with a close range missile with an infra-red seeker,” Rudskoy said. “The Turkish jet made no attempts to communicate or establish visual contact with our crew that our equipment would have registered. The Su-24 was hit by a missile over Syria’s territory.”
Russia now plans to implement new measures aimed at strengthening the security of the country’s air base in Syria and in particular to bolster air defense.
Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva, equipped with the ‘Fort’ air defense system, similar to the S-300, will be deployed off Latakia province’s coast.
“We warn that every target posing a potential threat will be destroyed,” lieutenant general Sergey Rudskoy said during the briefing.
“All military contacts with Turkey will be suspended,” he added.
ADDENDUM 2: EYE ON THE MEDIA
(1) The Event as Reported by the revoltingly propagandistic American media, carefully worded to mirror Washington’s position. This dispatch is typical. Tendentious words in bold-red. Annotations by Patrice Greanville.
Turkey shoots down Russian warplane.
Putin calls downing of Russian jet by Turkey’s military ‘a stab in the back’
Jeremiah Bailey-Hoover, Los Angeles Times
The Turkish military shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane near the Syrian border early Tuesday after saying it had crossed into Turkey’s air space, an action Russia’s leader called a “stab in the back.”
According to a statement released by the Turkish Armed Forces Command, an unidentified jet was shot down by F-16 fighter jets after violating Turkish airspace in the southern province of Hatay. The plane was attacked in line with Turkey’s military rules of engagement, the statement said, after being warned 10 times in five minutes that it had crossed into Turkish territory.
Turkey quickly called for a meeting with NATO allies to discuss the downing of the jet.
Russian President Vladimir Putin quickly and emphatically condemned the attack. He said the SU-24 was downed by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 despite having never strayed from Syrian territory, reiterating that “neither our pilots nor our jet threatened the territory of Turkey.”
“The loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists,” he declared. “I can’t describe it in any other way.”
“Today’s tragic event will have significant consequences, including for Russia-Turkish relations,” he added. “Instead of immediately getting in contact with us, as far as we know, the Turkish side immediately turned to their partners from NATO to discuss this incident, as if we shot down their plane and not they ours.”
Both Turkey and Russia are involved in the multinational military campaign in Syria but often with conflicting goals. While saying it is battling international terrorism, Russia’s intervention two months ago is largely seen as an effort to prop up the government of embattled President Bashar Assad. [“Largely seen“??? By whom? Who says, except the propagandists at State Dept., White House and multiple other centers of American disinformation covering up the truth about United States/NATO crimes in the Middle East, and the fact America created the terrorist monster in the first place, has supported it all along, and that its ally, Turkey, has been clearly and demonstrably helping ISIS recruits cross into Syria for a long time, and supports them with medical assistance, supplies, weapons, etc.?]
Turkey’s aim is, at least in part, to prevent the strengthening of Kurdish forces, which are battling Assad’s government and also have made gains against Islamic State fighters. Turkey has been battling a Kurdish insurgency for decades.
Footage released by Turkey’s semiofficial Anadolu news agency showed the jet crashing into a wooded, mountainous area followed by a plume of smoke. Further footage from Anadolu showed the two pilots parachuting to the ground after having ejected.
According to Turkish news agency DHA, a Turkmen rebel brigade operating in that area fatally shot the two pilots after they reached the ground. The report could not be immediately verified. [The paper should explain that the “innocent” Turkmen are de facto allies of ISIS, and are also committing atrocities in Syria in an effort to topple president Assad.]
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [a notorious propaganda front set up by Washington’s underground disinformation apparatus] reported that a Russian helicopter apparently searching for the crew members in a nearby area was hit by an anti-tank missile after being forced to make an emergency landing. A YouTube video uploaded in the afternoon by a rebel group known to be operating in the area shows an American-supplied anti-tank TOW missile striking a helicopter after it had landed. [Who are these rebels that America is so generously supporting with advanced weaponry if not the same ISIS/al Nusra fanatics Obama claims to be trying to destroy? The notion that “moderate, pro-democracy rebels” are fighting Assad is a complete fiction created and propagated by the American press and its multiple branches around the world.]
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the actions of the Turkish military, stating it was their duty to defend Turkish territory. “The world needs to know that it is our international right and our national duty to take measures against anybody who violates our borders on the land and in the air, in spite of our many warnings,” he said. [Turkey is a nation famous for its genocides, including its ongoing attempt to stamp out the Kurdish minority. The Russians have no desire nor necessity to invade or fight the Turks; they are engaged in battling and wiping out ISIS, which America and its many allies should have done long ago but didn’t.]
The downing of the Russian jet comes after over nearly two months of escalating tension between Turkey and Russia over the sovereignty of Turkish airspace. One week after Russia began its air campaign, Russian airplanes twice violated Turkish airspace and harassed Turkish fighter jets patrolling the Turkish-Syrian border with anti-aircraft radar.
On Oct. 16, an unidentified drone was shot down on the Turkish-Syrian border. Davutoglu stated that the drone was of Russian origin but that Russia had denied that they were operating the drone.
The Russian bombing campaign in Syria further raised the ire of Turkish leaders several days ago when Russian bombs hit targets in the northwest Syrian province of Lattakia. The area targeted by Russian strikes is heavily populated by the Turkmen ethnic group. Turkey has traditionally supported and expressed solidarity with Syria’s Turkmen population, which is of Turkish descent. [This is baloney.The Turkish leadership has no inherent love nor respect for the Turkmen or any other ethnic group as Erdogan is primarily interested in a Greater Turkey project which includes dismembering Syria. Plus the Turkmen are actively involved in collaborating with the Jihadist fanatics bent on destroying Syria as an independent state.]
Davutoglu quickly condemned the strikes saying they were strikes against civilians and “against our Turkmen siblings.”
According to the Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet, the attacks led to Turkey summoning Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov and stating that Turkey “has every right to retaliate and take necessary measures in the event its border security is threatened as a result of the Russian military’s operations targeting civilian Turkmen Syrians on the Turkish-Syrian border.”
Speaking from Jordan after meeting King Abdullah, Putin continued to escalate his rhetoric with Turkey, accusing it of supporting terrorism. [Tendentious wording. The Turkish spokesmen and officials “say” or “state” but Putin engages in “rhetoric.” Not to mention that the LA Times, if it is worth anything as a major newspaper, knows that Turkey is engaged in active support of the Jihadists Obama claims to be fighting. Therefore Putin is simply stating the truth. It is scum media like these that help precipitate world wars.]
“We have long been recording the movement of a large amount of oil and petroleum products to Turkey from ISIS-occupied territories,” he said, using an acronym for Islamic State. “This explains the significant funding the terrorists are receiving.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who was due to pay an official visit to Turkey on Wednesday to discuss regional security and energy issues, canceled his trip. Lavrov also advised Russian tourists not to visit Turkey, saying the threat of terrorism in Turkey was no less than in Egypt, where a Russian passenger jet was shot down Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board.
The warning could have dire consequences for Turkey’s tourism industry; the country received over 1.4 million Russian tourists in the first seven months of this year.
Bailey-Hoover is a special correspondent. Times staff writer Sergei L. Loiko in Moscow contributed to this report.
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