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  • Russia to send S-400 air defense system to Syria after jet shot down: agencies

    11/26/2015 3:41:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Maria Kiselyova
    World | Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:57am EST Related: WORLD Russia to send S-400 air defense system to Syria after jet shot down: agencies MOSCOW Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday Russia would send its advanced S-400 air defense system to its air base in Syria's Latakia province a day after Turkey shot down one of its jets, Russian news agencies quoted him as saying.
  • Russia ready to consider steps to close Turkish-Syrian border — Lavrov

    11/25/2015 11:21:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 31 replies
    TASS ^ | 12-25-2015 | TASS
    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...
  • BREAKING: Russia Turns Its Back On Turkey! Pulls Out BILLIONS In Funding After Plane Shot Down!

    11/25/2015 2:10:12 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 107 replies
    Yes Im Right ^ | 11-25-2015 | Blair Patterson
    Shoot down a Russian plane, Putin says, “I’m done with you!”
  • Russia's Gazprom Cuts Off Gas Supplies to Ukraine

    11/25/2015 3:51:13 PM PST · by McGruff · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 25, 2015
    Russia's state-controlled gas company is halting supplies to Ukraine, its chief executive said Wednesday, less than two months after the two countries struck an EU-sponsored deal. Gazprom's CEO Alexei Miller said Russia sent the last shipment to Ukraine at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday and send no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for future supplies. Temperatures in Ukraine where most homes rely on piped gas for central heating were below freezing Wednesday morning.
  • Amid terror wave, UN adopts six resolutions — all anti-Israel

    11/25/2015 11:30:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | 11/25/2015, 2:25 PM | Ari Soffer
    In a move dubbed "surreal" by a leading UN watchdog, and as a campaign of daily Palestinian terrorist attacks continues to target Israelis, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted six resolutions - all of which bar none condemned Israel. Not a single mention was made of the Palestinian attacks, which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, nor did any other countries - even serial human rights violators such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others - receive any of the General Assembly's attention. More disturbingly still, five of the the UNGA resolutions were sponsored by the...
  • Erdogan in 2012: Brief Airspace Violations Can't Be Pretext for Attack

    11/25/2015 12:01:42 PM PST · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | November 25, 2015
    Turkey has cited airspace violations as its justification for shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber on Tuesday. But only three years ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan specifically stated that such actions should "never be a pretext for an attack." In response to the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted that the military's actions were justified. "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...
  • US sanctions those helping Syrian gov't buy oil from Islamic State

    11/25/2015 10:26:13 AM PST · by lodi90 · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/25/2015 | CNBC
    The United States has sanctioned 10 targets for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including those who have helped the Syrian government buy oil from Islamic State militants, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday. In its latest round of sanctions related to the Syria crisis, the United States said it would freeze assets of four people and six entities, including a Russian bank, for providing such support and prohibit Americans from any transactions with them. The sanctions target Russian Financial Alliance Bank for its role in financial transactions with the Syrian government as well as two individuals linked to the...
  • Erdoğan tacitly acknowledges claim MİT transported arms to Syria

    11/25/2015 9:55:35 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies ^ | November 25, 2015, Wednesday/ 17:32:45 | TODAY'S ZAMAN
    Erdoğan tacitly acknowledges claim MİT transported arms to Syria Syria-bound trucks operated by MİT were searched in January 2014 after prosecutors received tip-offs that they were illegally carrying arms to Syria. (Photo: DHA) November 25, 2015, Wednesday/ 17:32:45/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ANKARA President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday seemingly validated claims previously made by critics who alleged that the Turkish government was sending weapon-filled trucks to radical groups in Syria by sarcastically asking, “So what if the MİT [National Intelligence Organization] trucks were filled with weapons?”
  • Is Turkey Lying: Rescued Russian Pilot Says There Was No Warning Before F-16 Opened Fire

    11/25/2015 9:26:30 AM PST · by amorphous · 77 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    The conflicting stories over yesterday's dramatic downing of a Russian jet on the Syria-Turkish border continue to grow, and after the ongoing confusion whether the Russian pilot did or did not enter Turkish territory for a grand total of 17 seconds, moments ago Konstantin Murahtin, the co-pilot from the downed Russian jet who survived the ground fire by US-armed rebels unlike his pilot, and who was rescued by the Syrian army, said that contrary to official reports that Turkey had somehow warned the Russian jet "10 times" (in 17 seconds?) that it would fire, Turkey had in fact given no...
  • Putin’s Strategy for Mideast Takes a Hit

    11/25/2015 9:12:58 AM PST · by tlozo · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Thomas Grove
    The downing of a Russian jet fighter by Turkey threatens to disrupt President Vladimir Putin's plan to bring more countries into his antiterrorism tent, as well as any potential rapprochement with the West. Since launching airstrikes in Syria at the end of September that he said were directed against Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Mr. Putin had called on other countries to join an alliance that includes Iran, Iraq and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The recent terror attacks in Paris created an opening for the Kremlin: Moscow is preparing for a visit Thursday by French President Francois Hollande...
  • Furious #Assad/#Putin forces shell the Syrian-Turkish border areas in #Latakia w/ MLRS video

    11/25/2015 9:05:30 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 3 replies ^ | 11/25/2015 | Julian Röpcke
    Furious #Assad/#Putin forces shell the Syrian-Turkish border areas in #Latakia w/ MLRS.— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015 #Russia's message to #Turkey: 'If we bomb your allies only meters from your border but stay in Syria, you can't do anything about it!'— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015
  • Breaking Report: Russia bombs the heart of the Turkish-aspired "safe zone" in northern Syria

    11/25/2015 9:01:43 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 31 replies ^ | 11/25/2016 | Julian Röpcke ‏@JulianRoepcke 4h
    #BreakingReport #Russia bombs #Azaz today, the heart of the Turkish-aspired "safe zone" in northern #Syria.— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015 Clear message to #Turkey and the West: "We won't allow you to save anyone in #Syria. Not even 4 km South of you. This is OUR battlefield."— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015
  • Paris and Turkey: NATO Shadow Wars

    11/25/2015 8:59:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | November 25, 2015 | Austin Bay
    Less provocative and deadly incidents than the latest Paris terror massacre and the November 24 Turkey-Russia aerial incident have ignited very large and destructive wars. Both incidents are serious, both involve U.S. NATO allies and both have already produced chain reaction political consequences. Review the headlines. On Nov. 13, NATO member France suffered a devastating terror attack by terrorists connected to an enemy organization, which claims it is a state. France has mulled invoking NATO Article 5. On Nov. 24, NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter-bomber that had violated its air space. In response, Moscow ordered a...
  • Breaking Footage: 3 Russian Su-34 bomb the Syrian-Turkish border areas north of Aleppo

    11/25/2015 8:58:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies ^ | 11/25/2015 | Julian Röpcke ‏@JulianRoepcke 3h
    #BreakingFootage THREE #Russian Su-34 bomb the Syrian-Turkish border areas north of #Aleppo— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) November 25, 2015 Video:
  • A Rotten Turkey for Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 8:23:37 AM PST · by amorphous · 20 replies
    Jim Sinclair's Mine Set ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Jim Sinclair & filed under Bill Holter
    By now you have heard the news of a Russian fighter being shot down over Turkey. There are conflicting reports as to whether the plane was in Turkish or Syrian airspace. Another unknown is whether the plane was shot down from the air or ground. Also conflicting as to whether the pilots were dead prior to landing, or executed while parachuting down or after landing. Add to this the destruction of a Russian search helicopter by an anti tank "TOW". The ramifications of these events are mind boggling to say the least. While sitting down to write this, a news...
  • Russian holidaymakers run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

    11/25/2015 8:13:47 AM PST · by tlozo · 10 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Nov. 25, 2015
    Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes, and for battered tour operators. Foreign travel had already been under a dark shadow from a weak economy and the severing of air ties with Egypt after the bombing of a passenger jet. Officials led by strongman Vladimir Putin warned Russians against travelling to Turkey and insisted the country was no safer than Egypt, where a Russian charter plane flying from the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg was downed by a bomb last month, killing all...
  • The Turkey-Russia Confrontation Reminds US: War Is Too Important To Be Left To Generals

    11/25/2015 8:09:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | November 25, 2015 | Virgil
    The first thing to remember about the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter-jet is that it could just as easily have happened to an American aircraft. Yes, the situation in Syria is that complex; there’s plenty of risk to go around—and that’s before anyone starts putting “boots on the ground.”
  • Russian warplanes bombed the Syrian Turkey border crossing at Azaz - trucks burning

    11/25/2015 7:45:37 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 46 replies ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Mark ‏@markito0171 2h
    Mark ‏@markito0171 2h2 hours ago #Russia'n warplanes bombed the #Syria'n - #Turkey border crossing at #Azaz -trucks burning
  • Ankara explosions: Reports of multiple blasts and injuries in Turkish capital

    11/25/2015 7:41:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 112 replies ^ | 15:27, 25 Nov 2015 | Anthony Bond
    Ankara explosions: Reports of multiple blasts and injuries in Turkish capital 14:35, 25 Nov 2015 Updated 15:27, 25 Nov 2015 By Anthony Bond Multiple explosions have taken place in the Turkish capital Ankara, it has been reported. Witnesses say the blasts resulted in several popping sounds and caused a number of injuries. Reports from the city said the violence explosions caused panic with many people taking to social media fearing a coordinated attack. Emergency services rushed onto the streets shortly after the blasts at about 1.30pm local time. Military personal and firefighters were also deployed. Local police said they investigated...
  • Russian crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to Islamic State

    11/25/2015 7:34:57 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 25, 2015 | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    KOMSOMOLSKOYE, Russia (AP) -- Security forces in Russia's southernmost republic of Dagestan keep devout Muslims under surveillance, routinely raid their homes and haul them to police stations to give DNA samples and fingerprints. So it was no surprise to many in the village of Komsomolskoye that Rashid Magomedov fled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, leaving behind a pregnant wife and two children.
  • Russian jet pilot says there were 'no warnings' by Turkey before plane was shot down

    11/25/2015 7:18:14 AM PST · by McGruff · 66 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 25 NOV 2015
    The surviving pilot of a Russian jet downed by Turkey has said there were no warnings before they were struck out of the sky, it's reported. Captain Konstantin Murakhtin told a Russian TV station that his plane was flying over Syrian territory and did not violate Turkish airspace. Speaking for the first time since the incident yesterday, the pilot said he knew the region like the back of his hand and "couldn't possibly have flown into Turkish airspace".
  • EU flags disappear from Polish government press briefings

    11/25/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/24/15
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's new prime minister has broken with the practice of pro-European predecessors and has removed the EU flag from her weekly news conference. Beata Szydlo appeared Tuesday to brief reporters after the first working meeting with her Cabinet since the conservative Law and Justice party took power last week, and stood in front of Polish flags only. Asked about the change, Szydlo said that in these difficult times she is grateful that Poland belongs to NATO and the EU, but that government press briefings devoted to national matters will from now on take place "against the...
  • Fmr. NATO Cmdr.: Turkey has funneled fighters to ISIS

    11/25/2015 7:07:27 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Fmr. Commander of NATO, Gen. Wesley Clark says Turkey could do more to stop the flow of foreign fighters to ISIS.
  • Russia Says Turkey's Attack On Jet Was "Planned Provocation"...

    11/25/2015 6:53:49 AM PST · by amorphous · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    On Tuesday evening, we took a close look at the circumstances surrounding Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. The incident was the most meaningful escalation in the conflict to date and marks the first time a Russian or Soviet plane has been downed by NATO since 1953. The pilots ejected, one of whom was shot in his parachute by FSA-affiliated Alwiya al-Ashar militiamen who subsequently celebrated over the body. About an hour later, the FSA's 1st Coastal Brigade used a US-made TOW to destroy a Russian search and rescue helicopter, killing one Russian marine....
  • Russia bombards Syrian rebels near site of downed Russian jet

    11/25/2015 5:20:36 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/25/15 | Reuters
    YAYLADAGI, Turkey (Reuters) - Russian forces launched a heavy bombardment against insurgent-held areas in Syria's Latakia province on Wednesday, near where a Russian warplane had been shot down by Turkey the day before, rebels and a monitoring group said. At least 12 air strikes hit Latakia's northern countryside as pro-government forces clashed with fighters from al Qaeda's Nusra Front and Turkmen insurgents in the Jabal Akrad and Jabal Turkman areas, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A Turkmen commander said missiles fired from Russian warships in the Mediterranean were also hitting the area, as well as heavy artillery...
  • Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it? (ISIS are allies)

    11/25/2015 6:28:57 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 25 replies ^ | Thursday 19 November 2015 12.04 EST | David Graeber
    Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it? David Graeber Last modified on Thursday 19 November 2015 12.04 EST Western leaders could destroy Islamic State by calling on Erdoğan to end his attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria and Turkey and allow them to fight Isis on the ground How could Isis be eliminated? In the region, everyone knows. All it would really take would be to unleash the largely Kurdish forces of the YPG (Democratic Union party) in Syria, and PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ party) guerillas in Iraq and Turkey. These are, currently, the main forces...
  • 'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade

    11/24/2015 3:26:44 PM PST · by wtd · 88 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Alster
    'Severe blow': Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigadeHAIFA, Israel – A recent suicide bombing in southern Syria shows the rivalry between Al Qaeda and ISIS is more than just a contest to see who can kill the most infidels -- the groups are using classic terror techniques on each other. The Nov. 15 bombing came at a top-level meeting of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, a key ISIS militia known for its bloody and vicious hold over parts of the Golan Heights. Six of the group’s top men were killed, including Muhammad "Abu Ali" al-Baridi,...
  • Obama 2013: Assad must go. Obama today: Hopefully Assad won’t run for president again.

    11/25/2015 5:27:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A nifty catch by Josh Rogin from today's presser. If you want to see what "Smart Power" resolve looks like in practice, here’s where we are right now with a guy whom the supposed leader of the free world has been insisting for years must step down as president of Syria. (snip) As our rotten luck would have it, Assad is interested in running again for the presidency, according to Russian diplomats who recently spoke to him. Either Obama's kidding himself about Assad "choosing not to run" or he's hinting here that there may be ways to force Assad out,...
  • NATO Is Harboring ISIS, And Here's The Evidence

    11/24/2015 10:02:49 PM PST · by amorphous · 55 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    For the better part of a year, Turkey remained on the sidelines in the "fight" against ISIS. Then, on July 20, a powerful explosion ripped through the town of Suruc. 33 people were killed including a number of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) members who planned to assist in the rebuilding of Kobani. The attack was promptly attributed to Islamic State who took "credit" for the tragedy the next day. To be sure, the attack came at a rather convenient time for President Tayyip Erdogan. A little over a month earlier, the ruling...
  • Armenia calls NATO’s attention to the violation of its air space by Turkish helicopters

    11/24/2015 5:05:03 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Horizon ^ | October 19, 2015
    Armradio - Armenian delegates have raised the issue of violation of the Armenian air space by Turkish helicopters on the sidelines of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's annual session held in Norway October 9-12. Member of the Armenian delegation Tevan Poghosyan has informed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the incident and addressed a letter to James Appathurai, the Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia and hopes to receive a response early in November. ... If NATO really values the inviolability of borders of its member states, it would be reasonable for the Alliance to serve an...
  • Turkish Intelligence Chief: Putin Intervention in Syria Is Against Islam, ISIS is a Reality

    11/24/2015 8:22:17 PM PST · by marvel5 · 53 replies
    AWD ^ | October 18, 2015 | AWD
    Mr. Hakan Fidan, Turkish President's staunchest ally, condemned Russian military intervention in Syria, accusing Moscow of trying to 'smother' Syria's Islamist revolution and serious breach of United Nations law. “ISIS is a reality and we have to accept that we cannot eradicate a well-organized and popular establishment such as the Islamic State; therefore I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset about Islamic political currents, put aside their cynical mentalité and thwart Vladimir Putin's plans to crush Syrian Islamist revolutionaries,” Anadolu News Agency quoted Mr. Fidan as saying on Sunday. Fidan further added that in order to deal with...
  • Hostages Taken, Shots Fired in Northern France

    11/24/2015 11:23:33 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 80 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 24 Nov 15 | Unknown
    A hostage situation has reportedly erupted in the northern French town of Roubaix, close to the Belgian border, with medical services reporting several gunshot wounds. The town is located approximately one hour west of Brussels.
  • Russian Defense Ministry Video Proves Su-24 Never Entered Turkish Airspace

    11/24/2015 2:34:26 PM PST · by marvel5 · 92 replies
    Sputnik ^ | November 24, 2015 | Sputnik
    While authorities in Ankara have insisted that it shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber after the aircraft entered Turkish airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry has released video proving that the plane never left Syrian airspace. Read more:
  • Outrage as military vehicles, equipment taken from officers in wake of Obama order

    11/24/2015 1:51:04 PM PST · by Wyrd bi ful ard · 103 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Nov 23 2015 | Adam Shaw
    Valuable vehicles and equipment are being yanked from law enforcement agencies across the country by the Obama administration in the wake of the president’s post-Ferguson order -- as sheriffs and lawmakers tell the equipment is needed, and losing it could put officers and the communities they serve in danger. "These things are useful tools and the president taking them away will put more officers in jeopardy and at risk of harm or even death. I don’t know how he can sleep at night knowing his actions will have those repercussions," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., told President Obama issued...
  • U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Destroy Russian Helicopter with CIA-Provided TOW Anti-Tank Missile

    11/24/2015 10:31:39 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-24-2015 | Patrick Poole
    An emergency NATO session has been called for later today following Turkey shooting down a Russian SU-24 aircraft earlier today -- reportedly the first incident of a NATO country shooting down a Russian or Soviet plane. But following that shoot-down as Russian rescue helicopters searched for the pilots of that airplane, at least one of the helicopters was destroyed by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels using a CIA-provided TOW anti-tank missile. The rebel group posted video of the destruction of the Russian helicopter: [VIDEO] In the video, the serial number of the missile stand can clearly be seen: [SCREENSHOT] As part of...
  • NATO envoys urge Turkey to show restraint after Russian warplane downed

    11/24/2015 10:26:01 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/24/15 | Brussels
    NATO ambassadors called on Ankara to show "cool-headedness" on Tuesday following an emergency meeting in Brussels, after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, diplomats said. Diplomats present at the meeting told Reuters that while none of the 28 NATO envoys defended Russia's actions, many expressed concern that Turkey did not escort the Russian warplane out of its airspace Read more at Reuters
  • Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger

    11/24/2015 10:49:46 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 24 replies
    RT ^ | 11/24/15
    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. Follow LIVE UPDATES on Russian warplane shot down at Syria-Turkey border 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...
  • The little-known group at the center of the Turkey-Russia crisis (He looks like an ISIS to me)

    11/24/2015 2:14:29 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 14 replies ^ | November 24, 2015, 2:50 p.m. ET | Jennifer Williams
    The little-known group at the center of the Turkey-Russia crisis Updated by Jennifer Williams on November 24, 2015, 2:50 p.m. ET @jenn_ruth Jennifer R. Williams: How do you think this incident will affect Turkish-Russian relations? Henri Barkey: Until recently, the Turks and the Russians had succeeded in compartmentalizing their differences over Syria. Because they're on opposite sides: Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, the Turks have tried to do everything they could to overthrow Assad, and Russia has done everything they could to keep Assad in power. But it didn't affect the relationship between [Turkish President Recep...
  • Obama: Turkey Has The Right To Defend Itself And Its Airspace

    11/24/2015 10:57:13 AM PST · by Fennie · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2015 | By Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN) - Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter plane shouldn't lead to futher wartime escalation in the region, President Barack Obama insisted at a press conference Tuesday. But he maintained Turkey had a right to defend its airspace and charged that Russian air activity near the Turkey-Syria border has been been an "ongoing problem."
  • Here's What Russia Will Be Up Against If It Decides To Mess With Turkey

    11/24/2015 11:28:08 AM PST · by blam · 78 replies
    BI ^ | 11-24-2015 | Jeremy Wilson
    Jeremy WilsonNovember 24, 2015Following the downing of a Russian jet by the Turkish Air Force this morning, all eyes are on Turkey. It should come as no surprise that Turkey was capable of taking out a Russian jet so easily. Turkey's military uses cutting-edge equipment, including some bought in from the US and a surprising amount it builds at home. Here is some of the military hardware used by Turkey:(snip)
  • U.S. steps up Ukrainian combat training

    11/24/2015 2:02:55 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | 11/23/15 | Michael Crowley
    The United States began combat training for Ukrainian Army forces on Monday, expanding its effort to help Ukraine defeat Russian-backed separatists. Until now, U.S. trainers had worked only with Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, and officials say the shift to regular army training signals President Barack Obama's growing commitment to Ukraine's defense against the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • NATO ambassadors to Turkey: Why didn’t you just escort that Russian plane out of your airspace?

    11/24/2015 1:45:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    If you’re worried that Turkey’s going to use Article 5 of NATO to drag the U.S. and other western nations into a hot war with Russia, don’t be. Sounds from this response like NATO will fall apart before anyone goes to the mat for the Turks. NATO ambassadors called on Ankara to show “cool-headedness” on Tuesday following an emergency meeting in Brussels, after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, diplomats said.Diplomats present at the meeting told Reuters that while none of the 28 NATO envoys defended Russia’s actions, many expressed concern that Turkey did not...
  • Turks Shoot Down Archduke Ferdinand's Jet as Obama's Abandonment of Iraq Causes Pain in the Mideast

    11/24/2015 1:01:15 PM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies ^ | 11-24-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    Full Title: Turks Shoot Down Archduke Ferdinand's Jet as Obama's Abandonment of Iraq Causes More Pain in the Mideast BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Did you see where Turkey shot down a military jet of Archduke Ferdinand? Archduke Ferdinand's military jet shot down over... (interruption) It's just my way of saying what everybody thinks. You know, it is amazing to me, it really is... How? I don't know, what's the word? Unified? So you have Turkey shoots down a Russian jet, and you look at one place, you look at a hundred places and they say, "This is exactly how World War...
  • ‘A Shocking Truth Is Unfolding’: Matt Drudge Teases Bombshell Claim About U.S. and Islamic State

    11/24/2015 12:56:42 PM PST · by amorphous · 185 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 24 Nov 2015 | Jason Howerton
    Matt Drudge dropped a huge claim against the U.S. government, arguing "America has been arming" the Islamic State in a cryptic tweet. No other context was immediately provided.
  • Here's what Russia will be up against if it decides to mess with Turkey

    11/24/2015 11:40:49 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 36 replies
    BI ^ | 24 Nov 15 | Jeremy Wilson
    Following the downing of a Russian jet by the Turkish air force this morning, all eyes are on Turkey. It should come as no surprise that Turkey was capable of taking out a Russian jet so easily. Turkey's military uses cutting-edge equipment, including some brought in from the US and a surprising amount it builds at home.
  • US F-15s in Turkey to protect Americans from Russian strikes: Official [11 Nov 15]

    11/24/2015 11:27:55 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 12 replies
    PressTV ^ | 15 Nov 15 | Unknown
    US fighter jets have been deployed in Turkey to protect slower American warplanes from potential Russian or Syrian attacks, a Pentagon official says. Six F-15C warplanes are tasked with providing cover for bomber, attack and cargo aircraft from threats posed by Syrian and Russian fighters, an unnamed US defense official told USA Today on Tuesday. The US Air Force B-1 bombers, A-10 and AC-130 attack planes, which are reportedly used in US-led strikes on Daesh (ISIL) positions in Syria, all fly at slow speeds and are vulnerable to attacks from enemy pilots, the official added. He added that cargo planes...
  • Putin Tells The World What Kurds Have Been Shouting For A Year: Turkey Supports ISIS

    11/24/2015 11:06:32 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 37 replies ^ | 24th November 2015 |
    Putin Tells The World What Kurds Have Been Shouting For A Year: Turkey Supports ISIS 24th November 2015 Kurdish Question Russian President Vladimir Putin has finally told the world what the Kurds have been saying for over a year. That the Turkish state, it's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and AKP government are facilitating, supporting and benefiting from the terror waged by ISIS (Daesh). The downing of a Russian fighter jet this morning by Turkish F16 fighter jets in an area near the Turkey-Syria border has led Russian President Putin to speak bluntly about what he has been reluctant to say...
  • Russia Escalates: Suspends Military Cooperation With Turkey, Moves Warship Off Coast

    11/24/2015 10:48:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/24/2015
    Despite demands from France's Hollande, America's Obama, and NATO's Stoltenberg that this situation not esclate, it appears Putin is not taking the shooting down of a fighter jet lying down. The seemingly cagey confirmation by NATO and Obama of Turkey's claims that Russia invaded its airspace has been rebuked by Russia which claims the Hmeimim airbase radar shows the attacking Turkish plane violating Syrian airspace. In response, Russia is moving a Cruiser 'Moskva' off the coast to strengthen air-defenses - just as French and US carriers are on their way. Here is The Turkish version mapping of the flight paths... Russia...
  • Russian rescue helicopter 'shot down by Syrian rebels' while searching for pilots of downed plane

    11/24/2015 10:35:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Mirror ^ | 11/24/2015
    A Russian rescue helicopter has been shot down by Syrian rebels while searching for pilots missing after Turkey downed a Russian jet. The helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a government-held area in Syria's Latakia province. A Syrian insurgent group, which uses U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile. Video footage has emerged online appearing to show the helicopter after it crashed in dense woodland. Plumes of smoke can be seen coming from the aircraft. Vladmir Putin earlier warned Turkey of "significant consequences" after the Russian plane was shot down.
  • 'Sloppy' Russia Got 10 Warnings Before Turkish Shootdown, Says Defense Dept.

    11/24/2015 10:30:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/24/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria confirmed to reporters at the Pentagon this morning that Turkey gave 10 warnings to Russian fighters before one was shot down over the Syrian border region today. Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman in Iraq for Operation Inherent Resolve, also said Russia greatly "exaggerated" its claims last week to have destroyed 500 ISIS oil tankers with airstrikes. Warren, stressing that the shootdown "is not an issue that involves Operation Inherent Resolve," confirmed two Turkish F-16s on border patrol "engaged" two Russian Su-24s. One Russian aircraft was shot down. The crew...