This incident may prove to have been a tragic accident or it could be far more serious. It is too early to speculate as to the cause of the crash but if reports that no distress signal was sent are true, and it is already established that the weather was favorable it is hard to imagine a mechanical fault or pilot failure resulting in the loss of the plane because under either scenario there is an overwhelming likelihood of a distress signal from the flight.
The dropping like a rock into the ocean for no apparent reason phenomenon has been seen in numerous air disaster in recent years from the Air France 447 disaster to the Air Asia 8501 calamity and many others.
State Department talking head John Kirby and many other current and former US officials have repeatedlywarned Russia of violent retribution for the defeat of the Western proxy forces in Syria on many occasions. If foul play has led to the demise of this aircraft those words may well come to haunt them and the world.
Updated- December 28th.
There were no survivors of the TU154 Black Sea crash. The flight voice and data recorders have been recovered and sources well connected with the Russia government claim that these and other data overwhelmingly point to pilot and/or mechanical error as the cause of the tragedy,
“According to a source close to investigation speaking to Interfax, initial readings from the black box appear to confirm the pilot error story. “The preliminary analysis of the flight recorder is complete,” said the unnamed source.
“It leads us to conclude that that the version of the catastrophe connected to mistakes made by the pilot of the aircraft, is the main version.”
Published record of the last session with the falling into the Black Sea in Sochi, the Tu-154
Three main scenarios behind Tu-154 plane crash in Black Sea
The Syrian Army have continued achieving limited and small scale improvements in their position across Syria.
ISIL in Palmyra, central Syria appear to be coming under severe pressure.
Syria: SAA/NDF/RuAF Operations in Western Outskirts of Palmyra
Syria: Part 2: SAA/NDF/RuAF Operations in Western Outskirts of Palmyra
Syria: Part 3: SAA/NDF/RuAF Operations in Western Palmyra
Russian strikes for terrorists isis in Palmyra
Following the “go along to get along” decision by Russia to blame ISIL for destroying the Metrojet Flight 9268 over the Sinai peninsula Russia announced that it’s fleet of aircraft operating in Syria is set to increase by an extra 37 from the current size of fifty.
Russias actions on this matter and the earlier MH17 disaster should end any illusion of Russia being anything other than a self-interested completely dishonest power that stages minor truth incursions from time to time for tactical effect.
Russia then launched a new series of “demonstration” operations, using long range strategic bombers flown from Southern Russia to target ISIL and firing cruise missiles that were photographed as they flew over Syria towards their target in Raqqa.
RAW: Moment Russian cruise missile flies by targeting ISIS in Syria
The Russian president cleverly subverted the French move to send the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to Syria and capitalised to a degree on the tribal mindset imposed by the trauma of the Paris tragedy by making it publicly known that Russian forces were being instructed to co-operate with the French Navy and Air Force.
The way the announcement was managed and the timing mean it is now all but impossible for France to openly act against the Russian operation in any way.
France started bombing ISIL in Syria months ago so the statement from the French president Hollande that “We are at war” following the Paris attacks was completely ridiculous.
They had already been at war with ISIL in Syria.
So it seems as though the silly Zio fantasy speech from the first episode of this seasons Homeland may come true.
Homeland — Quinn tells it like it is
The speech is prime cut pure garbage. Asked about Syria the fictional CIA killer states that the US should either send 200, 000 troops to permanently occupy the Muddle East, accompanied, most laughably by “school teachers and medics” otherwise they should bomb Raqqa and kill everyone who lives there.
The lies are a constant feature of modern life in the West but the volume and intensity are at the highest level that I have witnessed.
So, publicly at least, the West and Russia are going to be one big happy gang of bombers and they will flatten Raqqa and this will probably achieve very little.
The idea that all the people living in Raqqa are committed jihadists hellbent on the destruction of the West and a new Islamic conquest is just another infantile Zionist fantasy.
The people who live there are just people from a Sunni Arab background the same as the people left in Mosul.
It is telling that Mosul is barely mentioned when the discussion of the ISIL capital arises.
This is because Mosul is not in Syria, and Iraq having already been destroyed is no longer a priority target so the fact that Mosul is a city at least four times the size of Raqqa and ISIL are more powerful in Iraq than Syria is on the lengthy “mot for mention” list.
ISIL will presumably be defeated in the coming months but ISIL are simply the favoured “demon brand” of the moment.
The only real difference between ISIL and the al Nusra front is tactical, the al Nusra Front also believe in building a Caliphate (not that ISIL are really building a Caliphate but this is the crap they tell the fools who believe in their movement) the only difference is that al Nusra believe that the caliphate cannot be built until the jihadists win the war in Syria.
So these people are still going to be in Syria and Iraq, heavily armed and in numbers even if every ISIL member were to be killed.
Equally, the sponsors of the War on Terror will simply find another group of salafists to be their new “demon brand” just as ISIL replaced al Qaeda.
“As for media reports claiming that the civilian population is suffering, we are prepared for such information attacks. The first reports about civilian casualties emerged even before our planes got in the air,”Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Russian Airstrikes Begin in Syria.
It is now being reported that Russian fighter jets have begun to attack anti Government militants in Syria.
The Ram Z video is accompanied by this description.
“On 9-30-15, Russian Airstrikes have begun targeting Jihadist in Northern Hama & Homs mostly in Talbisah and Rastan.”
The BBC story also mentions opposition controlled parts of Hama province.
“An hour before the first strikes Russia contacted Yossi Cohen, the national security adviser to Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to warn Russian jets would be bombing targets in Syria. The warning falls in accordance with a ‘deconfliction’ agreement between the Kremlin and Netanyahu, meant to avoid clashes.”
AFP report that at least nine sites were targeted.
Source tells @AFP areas in #Syria hit by #Russia: Homs: Talbisseh, Rastan; Hama: Latamneh, Kafr Zita; Latakia: Jabal Zweid, Ghmam, Deir Hana
It is being reported that the strikes resulted in 24 deaths there are no details currently as to whether there were civilian casualties.
Reuters are reporting the Russian Defence Ministry as stating that they conducted 20 airstrikes in Syria. They describe the targets as “military equipment, communication facilities, arms depots, ammunition and fuel belonging to Islamic State.”
“The Free Syrian Army, a rebel group backed by foreign enemies of Assad, has been struck by Russian air strikes in north-west Syria, according to Reuters.
The group’s commander said eight fighters were wounded in the countryside of Hama province, where the group has a headquarters.
“The northern countryside of Hama has no presence of ISIS at all and is under the control of the Free Syrian Army,” Major Jamil al-Saleh, who defected from the Syrian army in 2012, told Reuters via telephone.
Saleh said his group had been supplied with advanced anti-tank missiles by foreign powers opposed to Assad.”
Thierry Meyssan has been a credible source on this story and it is extremely likely that his claim that the US agreed to this course of events at least five weeks ago is correct, although it seems doubtful that the US would have agreed to their Free Syrian Army proxies with their TOW missiles being targeted if that has actually happened.
The Free Syrian Army exists mostly as a front to enable the US to supply weapons to al Nusra and other jihadists fighting in Syria.
The Free Syrian Army largely evaporated after the capitulation of Qusayr in May 2013.
But they exist these days to act as intermediaries between the US and al Nusra and ISIL providing the much desired “plausible deniability” that the US is arming terror groups.
The entire notion of moderate rebels is something of a joke as “moderates” do not generally try to overthrow their government by the use of armed force. They choose other methods.
It is likely that an initial goal of the Russian strikes would be to remove the TOW missiles and enable Syrian tanks to survive on the battlefield. That is why I do not dismiss this story, the TOW’s would be an item the Russians would like to target for military and military-political reasons.
It almost seems as though something really bad is going to happen in Russia because the Western elite, so accustomed to winning every argument and always getting their way, are suddenly facing defeat after defeat. Russia always seems to be involved.
Historically this group respond to unwelcome challenges with extreme violence. If a frontal approach is not possible a deception is constructed.
They have met their nemesis but will they accept this or do something drastic to change the situation?
Sergei Lavrov New York Press Conference.
These events are generally completely dull but this is actually quite exciting.The Western media were given a prolonged polite demolition. One of the more entertaining things is the way the many “Israeli” elements of the media become upset at Lavorv’s deft performance as it unfolds.
The BBC and their fellow Western media are quite simply the propagandists of genocide.
There are laws against what they have done and continue to do. I hope to see these laws enforced sometime and see the war criminals of the Western media made accountable for their evil deeds but the vital thing is that these evil beings are never allowed to succeed and that no more states are destroyed on the back of their lies and psychopathy
The favoured meme was made absolutely clear by the BBC from the start of their news reports on this topic, Russia is not fighting terrorism they are “propping up a Dictator.”
The BBC followed up their news report making it perfectly clear what they represent with an interview of an individual named David Schenker who was presented as simply a neutral (Western) observer but who is employed by the Israeli think tank based in the US named WINEP.the Washington Institute for Near East policy, best known in recent years fr Patrick Clawson;s evil and insane “let’s have a war” speech.
Israel Lobbyist suggests False Flag attack to start war with Iran
These are the people the BBC presents as being reasonable commentators on the Syrian war and we are actually expected to believe they are motivated by concern for the well being of the Syrian people when nothing could be further from the truth.
Schenker’s views lack all credibility because as a representative of Israel we can surmise that he wants to see the Syrian state destroyed and all else is sophistry.
It is absolutely nauseating that the BBC would insult it’s audience with the idea that Schenker is a reasonable or impartial observer. If he appeared as an advocate for Israel and Israeli policy goals, fine, but to have someone like that as the sole voice of analysis presented as being a centrist is truly despicable.
The Zionist intentions towards Syria have been made perfectly clear both in word by Oded Yinon decades agoand by many deeds, such as the tactical nuclear strike on Syria in May 2013.
Israeli Nuclear Attack on Syria, All Known Footage
Russia versus Israel?
The Daily Beast articulated Israel’s position and concerns perfectly recently. Something that should be expected from such an obvious and laughable CIA/ Mossad front, but that is a churlish observation.
The actual Russian position is far more nuanced and less romantic and also less threatening to Israel, but clearly they feel that events are not following their desired trajectory and this is just another sign of their enemies being strengthened in a way they find disconcerting and upsetting.
Generally Russia appears to have tried to treat Israel with courtesy and respect, with kid gloves. The Russian Federation has never ever tried to pose as an enemy of Israel or ally of Hezbollah or even Iran.
There is no real evidence that the traditional Russian position of respect and caution towards Israel has changed.