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  • House Dem: Obama Could Cause ‘Devastating Nuclear War’ With Russia

    12/01/2015 6:28:41 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | December 1st, 2015 | by Joel Gehrke
    President Obama is sending an “expeditionary force” of U.S. military special operators to carry out raids against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, a move that expands on their decision to send about 50 special operators to Syria to coordinate air strikes. “In full coordination with the Government of Iraq, we’re deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and put even more pressure on [ISIS],” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee in announcing the new deployment on Tuesday. Although the term “expeditionary force” evokes large-scale mobilizations such as those seen in...
  • Turkish PM tells Russia to share sensitive military information or risk another downed jet

    12/01/2015 3:04:49 PM PST · by McGruff · 24 replies
    EXPRESS ^ | December 1, 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    Despite fraught relations between the two countries after a Russian pilot was killed last week, the Turkey's PM demanded communication channels be opened up to stop similar incidents from occurring. Ahmet Davuto?lu told a news conference: "Our call to Russia again is to open military communication channels to prevent similar incidents happening. Let's keep diplomatic channels open." His call for dialogue comes after the Kremlin closed an emergency phone line with Ankara in anger at the attack, which Russia claims happened over Syrian airspace.
  • Israel PM admits forces operating in war-hit Syria

    12/01/2015 1:45:45 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/01/15 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted for the first time Tuesday that Israeli forces have been operating in Syria, where the Iran-backed regime is battling rebels including the jihadist Islamic State.  "We occasionally carry out operations in Syria to prevent that country from becoming a front against us," Netanyahu told reporters during a visit to northern Israel. "We also do everything to prevent weapons, particularly lethal ones, being moved from Syria to Lebanon," he added. Netanyahu did not provide further details and his comments were the first public recognition that Israel has been active in conflict-riddled Syria.
  • Syria: As A Bonus It Annoys The Turks

    12/01/2015 1:11:00 PM PST · by Trumpinator
    strategypage.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | strategypage.com
    Syria: As A Bonus It Annoys The Turks December 1, 2015: After initially avoiding ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) targets in Syria Russia has switched its air power from attacking Syrian rebels doing the most damage to the Syrian government to ISIL. The switch came in early November when Russia realized that it was indeed, as ISIL claimed, a terrorist bomb that brought down an airliner full of Russian tourists over Egypt on October 31st. Then came the ISIL Paris attack on the 13 th and suddenly France and Russia were allies in Syria and going after...
  • Putin stews over lack of sympathy for Russia’s downed jet

    12/01/2015 12:56:43 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 1, 2015 | Kelly McParland
    Already suffering under sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of previous adventures, Russians will now be forced to endure additional strictures after Vladimir Putin issued a weekend directive slashing business ties with Turkey. Putin is said to be "incandescent" that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hasn't seen fit to apologize for the downing of a Russian jet that Ankara says violated Turkish air space. He refuses to take calls from Erdogan, has ignored a request to meet in Paris at the UN emissions summit, and vows that Turks will be made to suffer. Tourist packages and charter flights to...
  • Iraqi Shi'ite militias pledge to fight U.S. forces if deployed

    12/01/2015 12:12:39 PM PST · by Mariner · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 1st, 2015 | by Ahmed Rasheed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim armed groups on Tuesday rejected and pledged to fight any deployment of U.S. forces to the country after the United States said it was sending an elite special operations unit to combat Islamic State. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered few details on the new "expeditionary" group, but said it would be larger than the roughly 50 U.S. special operations troops being sent to Syria to fight the ultra-hardline Sunni militants there. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new force will be based in Iraq. "We will chase and...
  • The American War Against the Jews

    12/01/2015 11:16:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    The foundations of American Jewish life are under assault today in ways that were unimaginable a generation ago. Academia is ground zero of the onslaught. The protest movements on campuses are first and foremost anti-Jewish movements. For the past decade or so, Jewish communal leaders and activists have focused on just one aspect of this anti-Jewish campaign. Jewish leaders have devoted themselves to helping Jewish students combat the direct anti-Semitism inherent to the anti-Israel student movements. Despite the substantial funds that have been devoted to fighting anti-Israel forces on campuses, they have not been diminished. To the contrary, with each...
  • Are Trump and Putin Right?

    12/01/2015 11:46:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Monday, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosted a spirited discussion with Donald Trump on whether he was right in asserting that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated as the towers came down on 9/11. About Muslim celebrations in Berlin, however, there appears to be no doubt. In my chapter "Eurabia," in "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America," [2006] is this quote from The New York Times Magazine, exactly 10 years ago. "Parallel to the declarations of 'unconditional solidarity' with Americans by the German majority, rallies of another sort were taking place in Neukolln and Kreuzberg. Bottle rockets were...
  • 5 huge myths about Russia's military intervention in Syria

    12/01/2015 9:55:19 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 25 replies
    ISW ^ | 30 Nov 15 | Hugo Spaulding
    President Vladimir Putin is actively misinforming his domestic audience and the international community about Russia’s first military intervention outside the former Soviet Union since its 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. Putin has created a false narrative about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to disguise the true objectives behind Russia’s intervention Syria and is using this narrative to manipulate the international community. Putin encapsulated this false narrative in his UN speech calling for an alternate international coalition against ISIS on September 28, two days before the start of Russia’s air campaign in Syria. Russia intervened in Syria on September...
  • Putin: Turkey SHOT DOWN down Russian plane to DEFEND ISIS oil supplies

    12/01/2015 6:36:07 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 33 replies
    PamelaGeller.com ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Putin says Russia has proof ISIS oil routed through Turkey…and Obama has/is supporting these killers. Obama is on the wrong side every time. Every time. Obama has a perfect record of siding with evil every time. Russia has 'more proof' ISIS oil routed through Turkey, Erdogan says he'll "resign if it’s true," By RT, Nov 30, 2015 Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by Islamic State is moved through Turkey on an industrial scale, said Vladimir Putin. President Recep Erdogan said he will resign if this is confirmed. Moscow has grounds to suspect that the...
  • Russian-Turkish Tensions Heating Up: Erdogan Says He'll Resign if Putin Proves Turkey Buys ISIS Oil

    12/01/2015 5:44:55 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-01-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Tensions between Russia and Turkey continue to rise. Their relationship suffered a deadly blow when Turkey shot down a Russian jet last month. Ever since, Russia's President Putin and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan have gone after each other, both in public and privately. In the last few days, Putin has accused Turkey of buying ISIS oil. The Russian president is convinced that the terrorist group is shipping massive amounts of oil to the Turkish black market, where it's then sold for a relatively low price. Putin's accusations are backed up by Mowaffak al Rubaie, a former Iraqi Governing Council member...
  • US reportedly supplying Ukraine military with obsolete equipment

    12/01/2015 3:13:28 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 01, 2015 | Fox News
    The U.S. has been supplying Ukrainian forces with obsolete equipment, some of which dates back almost thirty years, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported that Ukrainian government forces battling Russia-supported rebels in the east of that country have called into question Washington's commitment to them based on the shoddy gear. The paper also reported that the lack of sufficient equipment has bred distrust and lowered Ukrainian morale. [....] Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for the rebels has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since...
  • Obama tells Putin to focus Syrian airstrikes on ISIS in half-hour face-to-face meeting in Paris

    11/30/2015 10:00:33 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 30 November 2015 | Tom Wyke
    U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a brief meeting at the climate summit in Paris and discussed the Syria crisis and the situation in Ukraine. Obama stressed the importance of targeting ISIS militants in Syria and not focusing military attacks against rebel groups who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an official said.
  • Prosecutors ban Soros Foundation as ‘threat to Russian national security’

    11/30/2015 11:23:03 PM PST · by InMemoriam · 15 replies
    Russia Today ^ | November 30, 2015 | Russia Today
    The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has recognized George Soros's Open Society Institute and another affiliated organization as undesirable groups, banning Russian citizens and organizations from participation in any of their projects. In a statement released on Monday, prosecutors said the activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation were a threat to the foundations of Russia's Constitutional order and national security. They added that the Justice Ministry would be duly informed about these conclusions and would add the two groups to Russia's list of undesirable foreign organizations. Prosecutors launched a probe into the activities of...
  • Netanyahu and Putin agree to expand and deepen military coordination

    11/30/2015 4:42:10 PM PST · by Mariner · 46 replies
    i24 News ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Tal Shalev
    Putin also extended his good wishes ahead of the "very bright" Jewish holiday of Hanukkah Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit on Monday. The two leaders, who last met in Moscow in September have reportedly agreed to deepen military coordination in order to avoid unwanted clashes in Syria, an Israeli official told i24news diplomatic correspondent Tal Shalev. During the meeting, Netanyahu told Putin that the "events of recent days prove the importance of our coordination, our de-confliction mechanisms, our attempts to cooperate with each other to prevent...
  • Benghazi Commission: Obama Admin Gun-Running Scheme Armed Islamic State

    11/30/2015 2:14:32 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-30-15 | Edwin Mora
    The Obama administration pursued a policy in Libya back in 2011 that ultimately allowed guns to walk into the hands of jihadists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda (AQ) in Syria, according to a former CIA officer who co-authored a report on behalf of the Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi (CCB), detailing the gun running scheme. In Congress, the then-bipartisan group known as the “Gang of Eight,” at a minimum, knew of the operation to aid and abet America’s jihadist enemies by providing them with material support. So says Clare Lopez, a former CIA officer and the primary author...
  • Turkey to act 'patiently' before taking any measures against Russia: Erdogan

    11/30/2015 1:18:22 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30th, 2015 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    urkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday his government would act "patiently and not emotionally" before taking any measures in response to Russia's decision to impose sanctions on Turkey. Moscow said earlier in the day that it would ban mainly imports of agricultural products from Turkey after the Turkish military downed a Russian warplane on Nov. 24 which Ankara said had breached Turkish airspace while flying missions in Syria. "Let's act patiently and not emotionally," Erdogan told reporters when asked whether Turkey would hit back with its own sanctions. "Let's let their chips fall as they may, then if we...
  • Erdogan Says Will Resign If Oil Purchases From ISIS Proven After Putin Says Has "More Proof"

    11/30/2015 11:59:11 AM PST · by amorphous · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    "I've shown photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Vladimir Putin told reporters earlier this month on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Antalya. Putin was of course referencing Islamic State's illicit and highly lucrative oil trade, the ins and outs of which we've documented extensively over the past two weeks:
  • Trucks carrying Turkish exports blocked at Russian border: association

    11/30/2015 11:50:40 AM PST · by amorphous · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Ceyda Caglayan
    Around 1,250 trucks carrying Turkish exports have been blocked from entering Russia and are stranded at border posts awaiting clearance, a senior shipping industry representative told Reuters on Monday. Six days after NATO-member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in the first known incident of its kind since the Cold War, calls for calm have gone largely unheeded. Ankara refuses to back down and Russia responds with sanctions. "Russia has not given permission to Turkish trucks for entry or transit passage for the past four days," Fatih Sener, managing director of Turkey's International Shippers Association (UND) said in an...
  • Russian MP: Turkey to Return Hagia Sophia to Greece as Friendly Gesture

    11/30/2015 7:05:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Nov 30, 2015 | Philip Chrysopoulos
    Russian MP: Turkey to Return Hagia Sophia to Greece as Friendly Gesture By Philip Chrysopoulos - Nov 30, 2015 Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov suggested that Turkey should return Hagia Sophia to the Greek Orthodox Church as a gesture of good will, in light of the refugee issue and the Turkey-Russia diplomatic episode. "The Russian side considers it possible to remind of Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest Christian holy places and the ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is now situated in Turkey. We expect from the Turkish side a friendly step - to return the Cathedral to the hands of the...
  • Carr: Donald Feeds Crow To PC Crowd And Old Gray Lady

    11/30/2015 3:46:03 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 18 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | November 29 | Howie Carr
    So this contretemps all started when Trump said Muslims in Jersey City celebrated the genocidal 9/11 attack by their co-religionists. Not true, the grandees and dandies sniffed, until it turned out that multiple newspaper stories and radio reports backed up Trump. So the powers that be had to knuckle the original reporter to issue a correction to his own story — 14 years later. Trump then made sport of the reporter’s disability — and I’m certainly not going to defend that. But see how far afield we’ve gotten from the original tempest in a teapot. Forget 9/11, Trump is mean...
  • Madness: Amid Refugee Crisis, EU Willing to Fast-Track Turkish Membership

    11/30/2015 4:30:50 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-29-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is one happy man. The reason is that the European Union is set to give in to every single one of his country's demands in order to do something about the refugee crisis. The EU wants Turkey to stem the refugee flow into Europe by taking care of them in Turkey. In return, Turkey wants 3 billion euros (around $3.2 billion US) in extra aid, visa-free traveling for Turks in EU-countries, and a re-launch of EU-accession talks. In other words: Turkey demands fast-track membership: "Today is a historic day in our accession process to the...
  • Erdogan more isolated than ever on Syria

    11/30/2015 1:25:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | November 29, 2015
    Erdogan more isolated than ever on Syria Erdogan’s "feel good moment" backfires The most notable consequence so far of Turkey’s shooting down a Russian fighter Nov. 24 has been a possible opening for a deepening of Russia’s cooperation with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State and a free fall in Turkish-Russian relations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande agreed Nov. 26 to share information about targets in Syria and to strike “only terrorists.” Putin added that Russia is “ready to cooperate” with the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition. Credit for the inspired diplomacy of turning crisis into...
  • Russia hits back at Turkey by changing Syria 'game'

    11/29/2015 10:04:41 PM PST · by Mariner · 68 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | November 29th, 2015 | Zeina Khodr
    Russia is striking back after a "stab in the back by an accomplice to terrorists" by changing the "game" in Syria. Moscow's retaliation is not just about severing economic and diplomatic ties. It is pursuing a policy that could tie Turkey's hands in Syria. Ankara never received international backing for a safe zone across its border, but Russia has now ruled that out. The deployment of S-400 anti-air missiles means Russia has effectively imposed a no-fly zone over Syria. And now, Moscow seems to be moving closer to a group that has been the US-led coalition's main ground force in...
  • Hamas's Haniyeh says 'intifada' changed the 'equation'

    11/29/2015 9:37:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/15 | Dalit Halevy
    Deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday once again praised the current terror wave against Israelis, which Hamas calls the “Al-Quds Intifada”, referring to it as "the greatest strategic development in the region" in recent years. Speaking at a conference of religious leaders in Gaza, Haniyeh said the “intifada” has "changed the equations for anyone who believed that the time for the intifada was over, because the struggle and the intifada are not over and our people have the power to impose other equations." He added that the intifada succeeded in less than two months in pulling the rug from...
  • Russian strikes kill 18, wound dozens, according to Syrian opposition

    11/29/2015 7:33:27 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 6 replies
    Fox News AP ^ | November 29, 2015 | Staff
    Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 civilians and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern Syrian town held by insurgents, Syrian opposition media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes struck the town of Ariha, killing at least 18 people, including four children, and wounding dozens more. The Local Coordination Committees, an activist collective, said the airstrikes struck a busy market, inflicting heavy casualties. The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said the airstrike destroyed three buildings in the center of Ariha. Ariha...
  • Russia to Escalate Syria Offensive With Ground Troops, Arab Media Claim

    11/29/2015 5:37:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Breibart ^ | Nov. 29, 2015 | Deborah Danan
    Russia to Escalate Syria Offensive With Ground Troops, Arab Media Claim TEL AVIV – News reports in the Arab world claim Russia is planning to escalate its military involvement in Syria by sending in ground troops and increasing airstrikes, according to translations provided by the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI). Syrian and pro-Syrian Lebanese media have published reports over the past two weeks claiming that Russia is launching a new stage of its offensive in Syria, with December witnessing unprecedented escalation in which a ground operation will be launched. “December will be hot on the ground in Syria,” Lebanese daily...
  • Low Oil Prices Hammer Saudi Arabia Budget

    11/29/2015 11:09:06 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    valuewalk.com ^ | 11/26/2015 | Brendan Byrne
    Continued low oil prices and the war in Yemen have hit Saudi Arabia's budget so hard it is creating a special office to oversee government spending and cut waste. On Monday, the Saudi Press Agency published an item noting that Saudi Arabia was "willing to cooperate with OPEC and non-OPEC producers" to maintain a "stable" oil market. WTI retook $42, however analysts remain pretty pessimistic about hopes that the Gulf OPEC nations are in any mood to restrict production, which is hurting budgets but helping with certain political objectives, such as killing US shale and hurting arch-enemy, Iran. In a...
  • Turkey recovers body of pilot from downed Russian jet

    11/29/2015 10:08:51 AM PST · by amorphous · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 Nov 2015 | Dasha Afanasieva and Lidia Kelly
    Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war. A coffin carrying Oleg Peshkov arrived by ambulance on the tarmac of Hatay Airport in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, a Reuters photographer said. It was flown to the capital Ankara, where according to Russia's RIA news agency it was met at an airfield by Moscow's ambassador and military attache. The Russian embassy declined to comment and...
  • Israel: Russian Aircraft Breached Our Airspace

    11/29/2015 9:42:01 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Breitbart Jerusalem ^ | 11/29/2015 | by Joel B. Pollak
    Israeli defense minister Moshe “Bogey” Ya’alon confirmed Sunday that Russian military aircraft, on at least one occasion, have breached Israeli airspace–without confrontation. “When we understood that the Russians were planning to act inside Syria, we immediately met–also the prime minister–with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, including the [Israeli] chief of staff and the assistant chief of staff…we created an open channel for coordination so as to prevent misunderstandings, because Russian planes are not trying to attack us and therefore it is not necessary to automatically–even if there is a mistake–to shoot them down,” Ya’alon said, according to the Times of Israel....
  • Syrian Civil War Brilliantly Explained By This Five-Minute Vox Video

    11/28/2015 10:28:08 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    This video brilliantly explains Syria's four-year civil war became so complicated, as we teeter on the edge of becoming militarily involved in it for the first time. Taking us from the first protests against Assad's regime in early 2011, the Vox video explains how different factions emerged over time and the war evolved into a confrontation between regional powers as well as the US and Russia. Next time someone argues for or against whether we should bomb Islamic State in Syria as if it's straight forward, suggest they watch this.
  • Netanyahu’s New Media Chief Calls Obama Antisemitic, Claims Kerry Has Mental Ability (short)

    11/28/2015 11:08:59 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 50 replies
    MintPressNews.Com ^ | November 6, 2015 | By Reuters
    The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department said on Thursday. It said Kerry had spoken to the Israeli leader on Thursday and understood that Netanyahu “will be reviewing” the appointment of Ran Baratz after a U.S.-Israeli summit meeting at the White House next week. Netanyahu and Obama are due to meet to try to mend fences after fierce feuding over the Iran nuclear deal that Israel opposes....
  • Prominent lawyer shot dead in Turkey

    11/28/2015 5:41:14 AM PST · by McGruff · 25 replies
    AP ^ | November 28, 2015
    A Turkish official says a prominent lawyer, who faced a prison term on charges of supporting Turkey's Kurdish rebels, has been killed in attack. Firat Anli, mayor of Diyarbakir city, said Tahir Elci was shot on Saturday while he was making a press statement. Elci, the head of the bar association in the mainly Kurdish city, was detained last month for saying during a live news program that the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, is not a terrorist organization.
  • Ben Carson travels to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees

    11/28/2015 6:57:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/28/2015 | By Tal Kopan
    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson traveled to Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees Friday, according to his campaign. "Dr Carson and a small group are in Jordan," a campaign aide said. "There was no intention to make this a press event. He is there fact finding, listening, learning and meeting." The goal of the surprise trip is to better understand the refugee crisis stemming from Syria's brutal civil war, his campaign told The New York Times, which was first to report the news -- and the trip comes as he struggles in the race with a renewed focus on foreign...
  • Putin orders sanctions against Turkey over jet downing (Erdogan wishes it had not happened.)

    11/28/2015 7:59:42 PM PST · by amorphous · 66 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 28 Nov 2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin's website on Saturday came hours after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced "sadness" over the incident, saying he wished it had not happened.
  • Top Kurdish Human-Rights Lawyer Shot Dead in Turkey

    11/28/2015 6:47:02 PM PST · by House Atreides · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 28, 2015 | Ayla Albayrak
    ISTANBUL--A prominent human-rights lawyer was shot dead on Saturday after wrapping up a news conference in which he had appealed for calm, sparking fresh protests across the country and clouding efforts to bring a halt to continuing violence in Turkey's Kurdish southeast. Tahir Elci, one of the country's best-known advocates for Kurdish rights, was shot in the head during a chaotic gunbattle in Diyarbakir, the de facto capital for Turkey's Kurdish minority, which broke out after the killing of a policeman. It was unknown who fired the shot that killed Mr. Elci, though Kurdish politicians believe he was shot deliberately.
  • Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms

    11/28/2015 6:57:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/11/28
    Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader's spokesman said on Saturday. In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd." "Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot...
  • Extensive Report: Russia Ties Turkey’s Erdogan Family to Islamic State (Video)

    11/28/2015 2:43:54 PM PST · by McGruff · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 28, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Russia released an extensive report this week tying Turkey's ruling family to the Islamic State. This comes after Turkey shot down a Russian plane over disputed region of Turkey and Syria. This report may also explain why Obama has allegedly been fighting the Islamic State for a year as they grow more powerful and larger. From the video: Yes, Russia is being opportunistic to release this information now after their jet was shot down. But, did Turkey (or the US) shoot down the Russian jet because it was interfering with oil shipments from the Islamic State to Turkey? The Kurdish...
  • Putin orders economic sanctions against Turkey after downing of Russian plane

    11/28/2015 2:44:39 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 28, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for economic sanctions against Turkey after a Russian jet was downed earlier this week on the Syrian border. The sanctions were announced in a decree published on the Kremlin's website and comes as Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan voiced regret over the incident, saying he wished the event hadn't happened. The decree calls for bans on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts to Turkish individuals working in Russia, The Associated Press reported. It also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for all Russian tourism companies to stop...
  • Syria army says Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels

    11/28/2015 12:38:52 PM PST · by Mariner · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 28th, 2015 | by Tom Perry
    The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had recently increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria, and accused its northern neighbor of firing shells at Syrian army positions. "We have certain information that the Turkish government has recently increased its support to the terrorists and the level of their supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment necessary to continue their criminal acts," an army statement said. The Syrian government describes as terrorists all the groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad in the 4-1/2-year-long war that has moved into a higher gear since Russia...
  • Turkey-Russia jet downing: Moscow announces sanctions

    11/28/2015 10:59:22 AM PST · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/28/2015 | BBC
    Russia has announced a package of economic sanctions against Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday. A decree signed by President Vladimir Putin (in Russian) covers imports from Turkey, the work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies. The decree also calls for an end to charter flights between the countries..... Turkey and Russia have important economic links. Russia is Turkey's second largest trading partner, while more than three million Russian tourists visited Turkey last year. Mr. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that there...
  • UKIP Leader Farage: ISIS Can Only Be Stopped by Grand Coalition That Includes Russia

    11/28/2015 9:49:24 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-28-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Nigel Farage, the outspoken leader of Britain's UK Independence Party (UKIP), has spoken out against Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to extend his country's bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria. The reason Farage opposes the plan is that he remains unconvinced that Cameron has a global long-term strategy. Such a strategy is necessary, Farage believes, to truly destroy ISIS and the radical-Islamic threat in general, and must include cooperation with Russia. "I don’t back bombing Syria on current terms. Whether we bomb or not we still face threat on London’s streets. I think to go to war you need to...
  • Kremlin says Putin 'fully mobilized' to tackle threat from Turkey

    11/28/2015 9:15:23 AM PST · by McGruff · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 28, 2015 | Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt
    President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader's spokesman said on Saturday. In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd." "Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot down a Russian plane from behind," Peskov told Russia's "News on...
  • While Putin Kills Terrorists, Obama Pays Them $500,000,000...

    11/28/2015 8:56:00 AM PST · by amorphous · 28 replies
    Shoebat.Com ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    While Putin was shelling the terrorists on Thanksgiving, president Barack Obama signed the Pentagon funding bill which allows $500 million in aid to the very terrorists in Syria that Putin is frying. Obama couldn't find a better time to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 except on the eve of Thanksgiving. So while Obama funds terrorists on Thanksgiving to aid his 'Turkey' friend, Putin slaughters her little chicklings at Turkmen Mountain in Syria. On the 25th, Russia also destroyed Turkish convoy crossing the borders into Syria at Azaz which is a hub, where Turkish aid (weapons, ammunition,...
  • Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s To Afghanistan As Gov't Mulls "Inviting" Moscow To Fight "Terrorists"

    11/28/2015 8:49:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/28/2015 | Tyler Durden
    <p>Late last month in "Russia's Mid-East Takeover Continues As Afghanistan Requests Military Assistance From Moscow," we noted, with some amusement, that Kabul was set to request a weapons delivery from Russia to aid in the fight against the Taliban. "Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage," WSJ reported, on the way to detailing a request from President Ashraf Ghani who "asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country's struggling military."</p>
  • NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program on Sunday-two and a half years after it was exposed

    The move, mandated by a law passed six months ago, represents the greatest reduction of U.S. spying capabilities since they expanded dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Under the Freedom Act, the NSA and law enforcement agencies can no longer collect telephone-calling records in bulk in an effort to sniff out suspicious activity. Such records, known as 'metadata,' reveal which numbers Americans are calling and what time they place those calls, but not the content of the conversations. Instead analysts must now get a court order to ask telecommunications companies like Verizon Communications to enable monitoring of call records...
  • Double dealing tyrant who's sabotaging the West's battle to crush ISIS:Turkey's Erdogan seems to be

    11/27/2015 7:52:01 PM PST · by House Atreides · 40 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Burleigh
    ...the fact is that Erdogan's regime has on many occasions turned a blind eye to ISIS activity in Turkey, as well as to Turkish businessmen and smugglers doing trade deals with the jihadist butchers. To be fair, on the surface, Turkey's president is fully involved in the fight against ISIS. In October he allowed U.S. jets to use Turkey's Incirlik air base for operations against ISIS, pledging that his forces, too, would join the fight. But the truth is that Turkey's planes have aimed their missiles almost exclusively at the one army which poses a real threat to ISIS, and...
  • Lebanese Official Claims To Breitbart: NATO ‘Okayed’ Turkey’s Downing Of Russian Jet

    11/27/2015 8:00:17 PM PST · by george76 · 147 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Aaron Klein
    EXCLUSIVE - Lebanese Official Claims To Breitbart: NATO 'Okayed' Turkey's Downing Of Russian Jet. [ Full title ]. Turkey could only have shot down a Russian Su-24 military jet after securing permission from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), charged Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt in an exclusive interview with Breitbart. The Turks cannot afford to shoot down a Russian plane, being a member of NATO, without asking the permission of NATO. They have to ask NATO. It's NATO, said Jumblatt, a member of parliament and leader of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party. Jumblatt is considered the leader of Lebanon's historic...
  • Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Project 22350 Tested its Cruise Missiles in White Sea

    11/27/2015 5:16:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 November 2015
    The latest Russian Navy frigate, the Admiral Gorshkov (lead ship of Project 22350), has practiced launching cruise missiles against coastal and sea targets as part of its trials, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Thursday. The first ship of the new Russian Navy frigate project 22350 class "Admiral Gorshkov" sailing out for its first sea trials in November 2014. "The launches of various cruise missiles were conducted as part of the final stages of the ship’s armament and equipment state trials," the spokesman said. According to Serga, the ship’s crew has already tested the cold start...
  • Putin 'to wipe out Turkey' in nuclear war

    11/27/2015 1:53:41 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 44 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Nov. 27, 2015 | Harry Kemble
    Political hothead and Russian colonel Vladimir Zhirinovsky called for president Vladimir Putin to wipe out Turkish capital Istanbul, killing nine million people. Turkey's decision to down a SU-24 fighter jet after it entered their aerospace was branded "stupid" by Zhirinovsky. "A nuclear attack can destroy Istanbul very easily. Just one nuclear bomb in the Istanbul Strait will wash the city away," he told Moscow Speaking Radio.