CRIMINAL AGGRESSION! US Attacks Syria with Cruise Missiles on the Back of Big Lie.

Aftermath of the attack.  The damage is secondary, it is the precedent that matters.
Aftermath of the US attack on the al Sharat airbase in Homs.
Aftermath of the US attack on the al Sharat airbase in Homs.
Southfront map shows the location of the base near to the east Homs battlefield where the Syrian Army are battling ISIS. After promising to crush ISIS Trump is now offering them air support.

April 8, 2017.

US Attacks Syria with Cruise Missile Barrage on the Back of Big Lie.

At around 3.40am Damascus time on April the 7th, the US Navy launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles upon the Shayrat Syrian Air Force base in Homs province leaving at least six members of the Syrian military dead along with 9 civilians including four children.

Reports of damage vary widely but an aircraft repair depot containing damaged 8 planes and the radar station appear to have been the greatest losses of material.

The attack appears to have been extraordinarily militarily ineffective,but that is secondary to the fact that a threshold has been crossed, a precedent has been set and once these operations begin they almost inevitably achieve a momentum of their own.

In response Russia has suspended the agreement with the US coalition designed to avoid accidental collision or clashes between the Syrian/Russian and US coalition aircraft.

US air strikes in Syria: Russia suspends agreement preventing direct conflict with American forces | The Independent

This is a troubling and potentially extremely dangerous development, but all signs indicate that Russia understands perfectly well that it is no position to directly engage the US in the Middle East.

Therefore in my opinion Russia will not respond directly against the US in Syria, certainly not in the near future, but will seek to engineer a diplomatic end to the issues.

The End of Donald Trump.

The attacks signaled to all intents and purposes the end of the Trump administration in any meaningful sense in all but name.

Trump has walked away, he is no longer present, they had a regime change over there this week it seems and now he knows he is just the front-man, has accepted it and is playing the role.

Paul Craig Roberts on Infowars, April 6th, 2017.

Paul Craig Roberts:”The establishment has reasserted itself. ”

Alex Jones: “Doesn’t he understand , he is a smart guy, that when he rolls over to these people it only encourages them.  They want his head on a spike.”

Paul Craig Roberts:”Well they don’t need his head on a spike if he surrenders to them.”

“I can’t say what he is doing but to me it looks like surrender.” (Source)

Robert Parry at Consortium News provides a credible, albeit anonymously sourced account of the internal machinations:

“the Trump national security team split between the President’s close personal advisers, such as nationalist firebrand Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, on one side and old-line neocons who have regrouped under National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army general who was a protégé of neocon favorite Gen. David Petraeus.”

White House Infighting

“In this telling, the earlier ouster of retired Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and this week’s removal of Bannon from the National Security Council were key steps in the reassertion of neocon influence inside the Trump presidency. The strange personalities and ideological extremism of Flynn and Bannon made their ousters easier, but they were obstacles that the neocons wanted removed.”

“Though Bannon and Kushner are often presented as rivals, the source said, they shared the belief that Trump should tell the truth about Syria, revealing the Obama administration’s CIA analysis that a fatal sarin gas attack in 2013 was a “false-flag” operation intended to sucker President Obama into fully joining the Syrian war on the side of the rebels — and the intelligence analysts’ similar beliefs about Tuesday’s incident.”

Instead, Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.”

Later Parry writes

“logic and respect for facts no longer prevail inside Official Washington, nor inside the mainstream U.S. news media.”

Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment

They Know It is All a Lie.

In the space of 24 hours Trump has completely repudiated everything he ever said about Syria and foreign policy in general. The intelligence reports must be pretty damning, they must have concocted a case? Apparently not according to Philip Giraldi, extremely credible former CIA officer who stated:

“The intelligence confirms pretty much the account that the Russians have been giving … which is that they hit a warehouse where the rebels – now these are rebels that are, of course, connected with Al Qaeda – where the rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties. Apparently the intelligence on this is very clear.”

(Source)

4/6/17 Philip Giraldi says IC-Military Doubt Assad Gas Narrative – The Libertarian Institute

In order to see just how these actions represent a complete repudiation of everything Trump claimed to represent, we need simply to measure the actions against the President’s own words upon inauguration.

The Inaugural Address | whitehouse.gov

The Promise to serve the people rather than the establishment.

“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.”

This is a very powerful statement and the way I interpret it is he is saying that when he makes a decision the impact of said decision on the average American will be at the core of the process. It is the promise to govern in the interests of the people,”a nation exists to serve its citizens.”

This is a great litmus test by which to evaluate Trump as President.

Later in the speech the same themes are expressed even more forcefully and the folly of the US foreign policy over recent decades is also discussed.

“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

The Inaugural Address | whitehouse.gov

So is there any possible way that the average American family will benefit from the hurling of cruise missiles against Syrian military airfields? If so, how?

There is simply no way any of this benefits the people of the US and that militarily ineffective barrage cost the taxpayers of the US more than 90 million dollars on missiles alone.

(the cost of a single Tomahawk cruise missile is listed as being 1.59 million dollars, 59 times that gives you 93.8 million dollars)

Dud Tomahawk Cruise Missile at the Shayrat airbase in Homs after the US attack.
The hole made by a cruise missile impact upon the arched hangar where the Syrian Air-force stored the planes they were repairing.
Syrian soldiers outside the Shayrat airbase the day after the US attack.
Graphic shows the purported targets attacked by the US. (Source)

An Open and Shut Breach of International Law.

The attack was not in conformity with international law and can therefore be deemed a war crime in and of itself, an act of criminal aggression taken on an evidence free pretext and without the required UN mandate. It is beyond unlikely that anyone will ever be prosecuted for making this illegal order but that is due to the impotence of the administration of international law, the illegality is uncontroversial.

“All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state” (Source)

Even if they eventually hold an investigation and it supports the assertions the US President has made about the origin of the Khan Shaykhun attack, the response was still illegal because there was no UN mandate and no imminent threat- the only situation that provides a legal exception.

” a general prohibition (on the use of force against another nation), subject only to the exceptions stated in the Charter (self-defence and Chapter VII action by the Security Council).

Use of Force by States-Wikipedia

Besting Obama in a bad way.

In his crude way, Trump has shown Obama the “correct” way to capitalise on a big lie.

Act before there is time for the real evidence to emerge. Act like a moron and pretend everyone knows what has happened without evidence, or recourse to basic commonsense.

Create facts on the ground with your response, that is, start the war and after that you’re off and away, the situation will now escalate naturally due to the action that you have taken enabling you to ride the big lie all the way to your desired outcome.

The desired outcome here would appear to be the complete destruction of the Syrian government and the dismemberment of the nation, with Israel gifted the Golan,al Qaeda, the Kurds and the Alawi/Shia./Druze/Christians all hosting mini-states in the place of Syria and never-ending bloodshed in its place.

 

Russian MoD drone footage of aftermath from US missile strike on Syrian Army airbase

RAW: US fires Tomahawk missiles at Syrian military base from USS Ross and USS Porter ships

Syria: Footage of Shayrat base after US airstrike

Legendary Donbass Commander “Givi” Slain in Donetsk.

Mikhail Tolstykh interviewed in recent days.
Mikhail “Givi” Tolstykh interviewed in recent days.
The horrific aftermath of the attack on Givi's office in Donetsk on February 8th, 2017.
The horrific aftermath of the attack on Givi’s office in Makiyivka, Donetsk on February 8th, 2017.

February 9th, 2017.

Legendary Donbass Commander Slain in Donetsk.

The legendary Commander of the Somali (armoured) Battalion of the Donbass Militia forces Mikhail Tolstykh, known as Givi has been killed in an early morning attack on his office in the military headquarters of the DPR militia in Makiyivka near Donetsk.

There are differing accounts of the attack, with claims that a bomb was placed in or near Givi’s office but other claims that there was an attack by an incendiary rocket system named the RPO-A Shmel.

A Devastating Blow.

The loss of Givi is a monumental, truly devastating blow against the Donbass militias and follows the recent assassination of the Luhansk militia commander Oleg Anashchenko, killed by a roadside bomb attack on his vehicle on February 4th (Source) and the October assassination of Motorola an attack that resembles the killing iof Givi in many respects.

There has been a recent intensification of military attacks on the self-proclaimed Donbass Republics by the Ukraine military and their allies focused on the town of Avdiivka that left dozens of soldiers and civilians dead on both sides of the contact line. (Source)

The renewed Ukrainian assaults are widely perceived as an attempt to provoke Russia to become overtly involved in the Eastern Ukraine war and then use this involvement to curtail all attempts at rapprochement between Russia and the US, an oft stated aim of the new US President that potentially threatens the flow of money and weapons that are keeping the Ukraine military afloat.

Putin: Ukraine is extorting cash through war

Who was Mikhail Tolstykh?

The details of Givi’s life are that he was born in 1980 in the Ukraine, he was from the eastern town of Ilovaisk, he spent some time in the Ukraine military prior to the Donbass war.

The nickname is used in Russia to refer to people of Georgian background, Givi was not from Georgia nor had even been there, but his great-grandfather was an ethnic Georgian.

Givi came to prominence initially due to his ostentatious display of courage caught on film in late 2014 when he remained nonchalant as a barrage of rockets was landing in his close vicinity.

It is hilarious to watch him simply ignore the threat to life and limb, calmly chatting as his fellow soldiers run for cover.

Givi and MLRS “Grad” shell strike.

Givi played a significant role in many successful military operations including the Battle Of Ilovaisk  and the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport when he earned a degree of infamy after aggressively confronting captured Ukrainian soldiers and cutting their badges from their uniforms and forcing the captives to “eat” them.

[eng subs] Givi & Motorola talk to captive UAF colonel

Givi had been subjected to previous attempts on his life, but these earlier attempts were very amateurish, little more than drive by shootings in stark contrast to the highly professional killings of recent times.

Givi was the classic inspirational field commander, the fact that he was a native of the Donbass region makes his death an exceptionally heavy blow, even when compared to the Motorola killing. When they killed Motorola I thought, it could be worse, it could be Givi, and now they got him.

Who Benefits?

The short simple answer is that the Ukraine Government and military and their supporters benefit greatly from this event. There is no point speculating at this early stage as to the identity of the perpetrators, however it seems to me that the commitment and ability of the Ukraine Government and their Western backers has been widely underestimated.

There are people in Western Intelligence who are good at their jobs, they know how to compromise people, how to turn people and force them to collaborate in operations and it seems that the underestimation of these agencies and an overestimation of the support the militia have within the Donbass has left the door open for the Ukrainians and their allies to enlist people on the ground in Donetsk to help them carry out these operations.

The Ukraine Government signed onto the Minsk accord in early 2015 and in the succeeding two years have refused to attempt to implement the deal point-blank. The heads of the self-proclaimed Republics offered to meet and negotiate with the Ukraine Government and this offer was flatly refused.

Over the two years of low intensity warfare that followed the signing of the second Minsk accord, the Ukraine has been on the offensive, seizing a number of settlements from the Donbass militia forces whole their Western sponsors continue to pretend that the Donbass militia are responsible for this situation.

Until the leaders of the Western nations supporting the Ukraine take a more honest approach and consequences are imposed on the Ukrainians for their mendacity, the senseless killing will continue indefinitely.

 

Mikhai "Givi"l Tolstykh 1980-2017. R.I.P
Mikhai “Givi” Tolstykh 1980-2017. R.I.P

URGENTLY! The first images from the place of death of Givi

URGENTLY! The charred body in place Givi murder

The End of the Donbass War?

Discontent in Donbass

The Motorola Assassination and the Future of Donbass.

The Life and Death of Zahran Alloush

Zahran Alloush addresses a Jaish al islam military parade in the Damascus countryside in April 2015.
Zahran Alloush addresses a Jaish al Islam military parade in the Damascus countryside in April 2015.

December 31st, 2015.

Who was Zahran Alloush?

Zahran Alloush was born in Syria in 1971, his father Abdullah is a respected Salafist religious figure based in Saudi Arabia.

Zahran Alloush studied at the University of Medina in Saudi Arabia, but unlike his father, Zahran returned to Syria after completing a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies.

In 2009 the Syrian Government arrested Alloush for unclear reasons (either weapon possession or miscellaneous plotting) and held him in prison until mid 2011 when he was released under a general amnesty designed to calm the forces of insurrection.

The decision to release Alloush turned out to be another spectacular miscalculation on the part of the Syrian Government and Alloush became the most high-profile militant leader operating in the greater Damascus area where he commanded a force of 10,000 fighters.

(Alloush stated that Jaish al Islam comprised 17,000 fighters, 10,000 in the Damascus area under his direct command and a further 7,000 in other parts of Syria, since his death the number has been inflated to 25,000)

Jaish al Islam is one of the big four insurgent outfits operating in Syria along with Ahrar ash Sham and the better known al Nusra front and ISIL/Daesh.

Ahrar al Sham is a Salafist conglomerate without a well-known leader, the al Nusra leader is a designated terrorist who hides his face and the leader of ISIL/Daesh is in the same category so Zahran Alloush was  presented as the “respectable” face of the Salafi jihadist factions that comprise at least 90% of the Syrian insurgency.

Zahran Alloush even put on a shirt and jacket and was interviewed by mainstream US journal McClutchy, where he tried to present himself as a moderate and reasonable man.

Islamist rebel leader walks back rhetoric in first interview with U.S. media | McClatchy DC

In truth he was a Salafist and his stated goal was to bring Islamic government to Syria, a ridiculous and despicable idea given that a large proportion of the Syrian people are not Muslims and his particular brand of Islam rejects the status of many Muslims also.

Syria Comment » Archives Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs

 

“Zahran’s  calls for cleansing Damascus of all Shiites and Nusayris. (“Nusayris” is the old term that referred to the Alawites prior to the adoption of “Alawite.” It is considered a term of abuse by Alawites. “Nusayri” refers to the founder of the religion, Ibn Nusayr.

Alloush calls for ridding Damascus and Greater Syria of the evil works and impure deeds of the Nusayris, using Qur’anic language throughout to underline their deviant ways. Such language makes Assad’s effort to demonize the revolutionaries and rebels easy. On hearing this sort of talk from the leaders of the revolution, Alawites and other non-Sunni sects worry that their struggle is a fight for their very existence.”

Alloush’s remarks regarding the Shia and Alawi population of Syiria were reprehensible and counterproductive, but this is the worldview Saudi Arabia backs.

This is what the term “takfiri” means, those that are so arrogant as to proclaim that only those who belong to their specific school of thought are Muslims.

Takfiri – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“A takfiri (Arabic: تكفيريtakfīrī) is a Sunni Muslim who accuses another Muslim (or an adherent of another Abrahamic faith) of apostasy.

Massive destruction, Jobar East of Damascus is a surreal sight after four years of war.
Massive destruction, Jobar East of Damascus is a surreal sight after four years of war.
Map of Greater Damascus, Jaish al Islam have controlled a broad swathe to the east of the city for several years.
Map of Greater Damascus, Jaish al Islam have controlled a broad swathe to the east of the city for several years.

The Insurgency in Greater Damascus.

Zahran Alloush was by far the most prominent insurgent in the Greater Damascus area. This area fell into the hands of the insurgents by late 2012, the Marj al Sultan airbase fell in November 2012 and remained under insurgent control until December 2015.

The Syria Army failed to dislodge the insurgents from these places despite the use of massive and often indiscriminate air strikes that along with the ground fighting have left the place a desolated ghost town of complete destruction.

By mid 2013, heavily armed insurgent groups were well entrenched in Eastern Ghouta, Jobar and Douma, small towns in the area east of Damascus.

In August 2013 the Syrian Army was bombarding Eastern Ghouta with heavy artillery when persons unknown conducted the false flag chemical attack, the last mad grab for US led regime change in Syria. The attack does not seem to be connected to Zahran Alloush, with the al Nusra front being the prime suspect behind the mass murder. The claim that the Assad government was responsible is beneath contempt at this point.

Apocalyptic Scenes: Drone footage shows destruction in Jobar, Damascus, Syria

The Syrian Air Force whether by accident or design, conducted numerous air strikes against public areas in these districts leading to massive civilian casualties and undoubtedly strengthening the position of the insurgents with the people.

In January 2015 a series of Syrian Air Force strikes on Eastern Ghouta markets left as many as 160 people dead. In response Zahran Alloush ordered his fighters to shell the Shia and Christian concentrated areas of Damascus, they managed to fire a barrage of between 80 and 120 rockets that left at least ten civilians dead.  Alloush tried to claim that his forces had attacked Government and military facilities,  they may have hoped to do so but in fact they lacked the weaponry to direct their shells with any accuracy and it was a criminal terror attack that only made Alloush look weak and foolish.

EXTREMELY GRAPHIC – SYRIAN AIR STRIKE – DOUMA – AUG 2015

The Russian Air Force, like all air forces also kill civilians but the strike against Zahran Alloush and his colleagues is indicative of a massive improvement in the quality of the air operations against the insurgents.

The operations are no longer semi-random bombardments but are targeted against military centers based upon intelligence and intense aerial surveillance.

The Easter Ghouta military parade of April 2014. Jaish al islam leader Zahran Alloush surveys his troops.
The Eastern Ghouta military parade of April 2014. Jaish al islam leader Zahran Alloush surveys his troops.
Jaish al Islam military parade, Eastern Ghouta April, 2015.
Jaish al Islam military parade, Eastern Ghouta April, 2015.

The Grand Parade.

The standout moment of Zahran Alloush’s public life and the only time he received intense Western attention was after the remarkably audacious Jaish al Islam military parade in Eastern Ghouta of April 2015.

When I first saw this I could not believe it, It hought it must be filmed in Turkey or some other neighbour of Syria but the Jaish al Islam had the audacity to hold this massive parade,involving 1700 troops, in the middle of the day, close to Damascus out in the open and it was a PR triumph. They were out in the open for at least 40 minutes.

ZahranAlloush gave a nine minute speech,  it was a very standard speech of a Sunni extremist fighter.

The video is here if any care to watch but it is very stock stuff.

If they tried to do it today they would all die.

Human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, her husband Wa'el Hamada and two colleagues, Samira Khalil and Nazem Hamadi have been missing since their abduction by unknown armed men in December 2013.
Human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, her husband Wa’el Hamada and two colleagues, have been missing since their abduction by unknown armed men in December 2013. Zahran Alloush’s men are the only suspects due to their control of the area the four went missing.

Abduction and Murder Allegations.

In late 2013 a Syrian human rights activist named Razan Zaitouneh disappeared from an area under the control of Alloush’s men, she and her three colleagues have never been heard from again.

This lack of chivalry raised its head again this year when Zahran Allloush under the increasing pressure of a campaign from a real air force- that of Russia, thought it would be a good idea to parade a group of kidnapped civilians through Eastern Ghouta in cages.

Syrian rebels cage people as human shields

Death.

On December 25th a drone watched and waited as leaders of Jaish al Islam (Army of Islam) gathered in their secret base inside their stronghold in the Damascus countryside.

Thye drone observes the arrival of a white sedan, a man leaves the vehicle and is met by a larger group of men.
The drone observes the arrival of a white sedan, a man leaves the vehicle and is met by a larger group of men.

Once the leaders were spotted arriving at the meeting point, the Russian Air force attacked the site with several bombs, flattening all of the buildings in the area and killing Zahran Alloush along with several of his key aides.

Russian airstrike follows the confirmation that the leaders of Jaish al Islam have arrived.
Russian airstrike follows the confirmation that the leaders of Jaish al Islam have arrived.
Apparently unclear on the precise location of the meeting at least three buildings in the area were flattened by air strikes.
Apparently unclear on the precise location of the meeting at least three buildings in the area were flattened by air strikes.

Syria: Top opposition commander killed by airstrikes near Damascus

Zahran alloush

Conclusion.

The people of Syria have been the victims of this war and nothing other than suffering and destruction has been achieved.

After three months of intense Russian support, the changes to the Syrian map are very minor. The only area where the Syrian government have made major gains that can be seen on the map is in Aleppo.

The Suth Front map from October 1st, 2015.
The South Front map from October 1st, 2015.
The Suth Front map from December 30th, 2015.
The Suth Front map from December 30th, 2015.

The maps only tell part of the story and the manner as much as the fact of Zahran Alloush’s death makes it clear that the trajectory of the war has completely changed now that the SAA and Hezbollah are backed by a high quality air force.

The arrogant powers  (the USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, France and Britain) will presumably intervene further should Syria and Russia make too much progress.

The ideal solution to the crisis would be a political settlement but unless and until the arrogant powers amend their world view, stop believing that they have the right to control every inch of the earth and destroy all who resist, the suffering is going to continue.

If the West and their allies maintain their position of arrogance and Russia and Iran maintain their position of opposition to the regime change project in Syria a regional or even a world war is a more likely outcome than a diplomatic solution.

Russian Warplane and Helicopter Downed in Syria Border Region.

A still image of the Russian SU24 after it was attacked by the Turkish military today.
A still image of the Russian SU24 after it was attacked in the Syria/ Turkey border region today.
Map of the area of the incident near the Syrian border.
Map of the area of the incident near the Syrian border.

November 24th, 2015.

Russian Su24 attacked near Syrian border and Helicopter downed in Latakia.

A Russian Su24 aircraft has been shot down in the Syrian/Turkey border region by an air to air missile fired from a  Turkish F16 fighter jet

In addition it a Russian MI8 helicopter has been downed in Latakia. It is being reported that the helicopter was trying to recover the missing Russian pilot.  According to the rebels, the helicopter was brought down with a US supplied TOW anti-tank missile, the helicopter was able to land the 10 or so people on board evacuated the helicopter and the rebels then blew it up on the ground.(Source)

Video by FSA said-to-show Russian-made grounded helicopter destroyed by TOW near Su-24 crash site

The Independent state that the Su24 pilots ejected and parachuted to the ground and that several helicopters were dispatched to save the pilots but that there are heavy clashes ongoing in the area.

Despite both pilots being raked with machine gun fire as they fell to the earth one of the pilots survived and is back at the Latakia airbase, the other pilot and one member of the rescue teams were killed.

Turkey shoots down ‘Russian jet’ near Syrian border and video shows plane coming down | Middle East | News | The Independent

This is an extremely dangerous situation as a NATO member, has apparently just attacked Russia.

This is a nightmarish scenario because Russia will not put up with any nonsense from Turkey or anyone else.

Turkish F-16 fighter jets shoot down jet of unknown origin near Syrian border – ABC Australia.

The Russian President has delivered a response to the downing of the Russian fighter and the death of at least one pilot.

Vladimir Putin spoke from Sochi where he was meeting King Abdullah of Jordan.

Putin: Downing of Russian jet over Syria stab in the back by terrorist accomplices

This is a transcript of Putin’s comments.

Meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan • President of Russia

Vladimir Putin: Thank you very much, Your Majesty.

Thank you for your condolences, including your words in connection with today’s crash of our fighter aircraft. This event goes beyond regular efforts to combat terrorism.

Our servicemen are engaged in a heroic fight against terrorism, not sparing themselves or their own lives. However, today’s loss is a result of a stab in the back delivered by terrorists’ accomplices. There is no other way I can qualify what happened today.

Our aircraft was shot down over Syrian territory by an air-to-air missile launched from a Turkish F-16 plane. It fell on Syrian territory, four kilometres from the Turkish border. When it was attacked in the air, it was flying at an altitude of 6,000 metres, one kilometre away from the Turkish territory. In any case, our plane and our pilots were in no way a threat to the Turkish Republic in any way. This is obvious.

They were conducting an operation to fight ISIS in northern Latakia – a mountainous area where militants, mainly those coming from the Russian Federation, are concentrated. In this sense, they were doing their direct duty delivering preventive blows at terrorists who could return to Russia at any moment. Those people should certainly be classified as international terrorists.

We have long been recording the movement of a large amount of oil and petroleum products to Turkey from ISIS-occupied territories. This explains the significant funding the terrorists are receiving. Now they are stabbing us in the back by hitting our planes that are fighting terrorism. This is happening despite the agreement we have signed with our American partners to prevent air incidents, and, as you know, Turkey is among those who are supposed to be fighting terrorism within the American coalition.

If ISIS is making so much money – we are talking about tens or maybe even hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars – in oil trade and they are supported by the armed forces of an entire state, it is clear why they are being so daring and impudent, why they are killing people in such gruesome ways, why they are committing terrorist attacks all over the world, including in the heart of Europe.

We will of course carefully analyse what has happened and today’s tragic event will have significant consequences for Russian-Turkish relations.

We have always treated Turkey not merely as a close neighbour, but as a friendly state. I do not know who benefits from what has happened today. We certainly do not. Moreover, instead of immediately establishing contacts with us, as far as we know Turkey turned to its NATO partners to discuss this incident. As if we had hit their plane and not the other way around.

Do they wish to make NATO serve ISIS? I know that every state has its regional interests, and we always respect those. However, we will never turn a blind eye to such crimes as the one that was committed today.

Obviously, we expect the international community to make an effort to join forces in the fight against this common evil.

In this connection, we are counting on the active participation of all the countries in the region in this struggle. I am therefore very happy to meet with you today, Your Majesty. We will continue working with your special services experts and your military, as well as with other countries in the region.

Thank you.

Putin is generally a  very, very cold individual, today he seemed both tired and enraged.

The US has offered no comment at this stage, a NATO emergency meeting is scheduled for later in the day.

This may be the beginning of a chain of cataclysmic events.

The shooting down of Syrian aircraft by Turkey has happened several times already but the entrance of Russia puts an entirely different complexion on this event as it does all others in this war.

The Russian Airforce are destroying ISIL and all the Syrian rebel groups, this situation is intolerable to the likes of the Turkish, Saudi, Israeli governments and American Neocon elements.

Preliminary accounts from Russia and Turkey. (Source)

Here’s Russia’s Ministry of Defence version of what happened

Today an aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed on the territory of Syria supposedly shot down from the ground.

The aircraft was flying at the altitude of 6,000 metres. The status of the Russian pilots is being defined.

According to the preliminary data, the pilots managed to eject from the warplane.

The circumstances of the crash are being defined.

During all the flight time, the aircraft was flying only within the borders of the Syrian territory. That was registered by objective monitoring data.

Turkey’s version of events courtesy of the state Anadolu agency”

Turkish jets shot down a warplane believed to be a Russian type SU-24 for violating Turkey’s airspace near its border with Syria on Tuesday, Turkish presidential sources said.

The warplane went down in Syria’s northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkey’s border within the framework of engagement rules, the sources added.

The Turkish General Staff said the downed foreign jet was issued 10 warnings in five minutes and it was shot down by two F-16s.

Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar briefed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the situation following the crash. Akar along with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu also briefed Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Radar data that is claimed to show the flight path of the doomed SU24 in Nrthwest Syria.
Radar data that is claimed to show the flight path of the doomed SU24 in Nrthwest Syria it is calculated that if this path is correct the flight would have been in Turkish airspace for a total of ten seconds. (Radar image source).

Former British diplomat Craig Murray offered this early assessment of Turkey’s actions.

I calculate that each “incursion” over Turkish territory would have lasted about 10 seconds, assuming the plane was flying slowly at 600mph. That Turkey shot down the plane for this is madness, and absolutely indefensible. It is fairly obvious from the track that the plane was operating against Turkish sponsored Turkmen rebels inside Syria, and that is why the Turks shot it down. (Source)

As far as Turkeys demands for their sovereignty to be respected go, that is an absolute joke as Turkey respects neither the sovereignty of Iraq nor Syria launching frequent bombing attacks on Kurdish targets in both nations.

The idea that they should perceive an aircraft in their airspace as a threat and target it on hat basis is not credible.

Turkey is so audacious and criminal they have set up a military observation position complete with NATO listening post INSIDE Syria as this Russian television report depicts.

Great Russian TV report from the Syrian town Kessab on the border with Turkey

This is a provocation that in a worst case scenario could lead to all out war between NATO and Russia leaving an unthinkable number of people dead.

Russian sources are already describing this as a NATO declaration of war on Russia.

Close-up footage of Russian Su-24M jet falling in flames hit at Syria-Turkey border

Warplane crashes in Syria near Turkey border Turkish media VIDEO

Syria: Turkey downs Russian Su-24 close to Latakia

NEW VIDEO: Russian Su-24 fighter jet downed over Syria, parachute seen in sky

Russia: DefMin release scheme of Syrian, Turkish airspace at time Su-24 was downed

International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 24, 2015

This story is still developing and will be fleshed out as more information becomes available.

200,000 Deaths since West Ignored Russian Offer to End Syrian War.

Destruction in Aleppo late 2012.
Destruction in Aleppo late 2012.

September 19th, 2015.

More than 200 Thousand people are dead due to Western arrogance over Syria in 2012.

A highly credible source has told the UK Guardian that Russia offered to exile Syrian President Bashar al Assad and end the Syrian War in 2012 when the death toll from the war was less than 10,000 people.

The current estimates start at 220,000 deaths.

Martti Ahtisaari,_
Martti Ahtisaari,_

The former Finnish President and UN Official Martti Ahtisaari claims that in February 2012 Russia made an offer to the US to exile Assad and end the war.

West ‘ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria’s Assad step aside’ | World news | The Guardian

Former President Ahtisaari describes a meeting st the UN with Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.

“He said three things: One – we should not give arms to the opposition.

Two – we should get a dialogue going between the opposition and Assad straight away.

Three – we should find an elegant way for Assad to step aside.”

Vitaly Churkin.
Vitaly Churkin.

Questioned as to whether there may have been some misunderstanding or whether Churkin had been speaking off the cuff Ahtisaari remarked

“There was no question because I went back and asked him a second time,” he said, noting that Churkin had just returned from a trip to Moscow and there seemed little doubt he was raising the proposal on behalf of the Kremlin.
Ahtisaari said he passed on the message to the American, British and French missions at the UN, but he said:

“Nothing happened because I think all these, and many others, were convinced that Assad would be thrown out of office in a few weeks so there was no need to do anything.”

West ‘ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria’s Assad step aside’ | World news | The Guardian

Western Diplomats responded in a variety of ways to the Guardian’s inquiries. One stated frankly that

“At the time, the west was fixated on Assad leaving. As if that was the beginning and the end of the strategy and then all else would fall into place …”

Except he didn’t and it didn’t. Instead hundreds of thousands of people died and millions were displaced.

Others claimed that the offer was not concrete as it did not come from Vladimir Putin and was not specific enough.

This are valid observations but they only highlight the fact that if the Western leadership was motivated in the slightest by concern for the Syria people they would have sought confirmation that the Russians were serious and could deliver on the specifics of the deal.

Instead they simply stood back and watched Syria burn at the hands of al Nusra, ISIL and the others. Now they expect to be patted on the back for taking in a few thousand of the millions their hubris and arrogance and wickedness caused to be displaced.

As Mr. Ahtisaari told the Guardian

“We should have prevented this from happening because this is a self-made disaster, this flow of refugees to our countries in Europe,” Ahtisaari said. “I don’t see any other option but to take good care of these poor people … We are paying the bills we have caused ourselves.”

Aftermath of a triple suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, late 2012. (source)
Aftermath of a triple suicide bombing attack in Aleppo, late 2012. (source)

Darker Motives.

When the West says that it wants to remove the dictator, it lies.What the West actually wants is to destroy “enemy states” using the childish evil dictator narrative to justify their crimes.

This is part of the long-term Israeli strategy of fomenting strife among neighboring states in order to protect Israel from any and all rivals in the region described by Oded Yinon in 1982.

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East.pdf

That’s probably why the West had zero interest in the Russian offer Churkin delivered, to end the war with only 7.500 deaths and the state almost completely intact would not achieve their goal.

The next time you are watching the controlled Western media and they try to lament the plight of the refugees, remember that they chose not to even mention the Guardian story. They are the cheerleaders of war and the enemy of the truth and of humanity.

The Western media have a very special recent history of advocating the mass murder of Muslims and Arabs.This is presumably connected to the fact that Zionists own almost the entire major Western media.

Do Jews Dominate in American Media? And So What If We Do? – Mondoweiss

Who runs Hollywood? C’mon – latimes

‘It Is Our Soul’: The Destruction of Aleppo, Syria’s Oldest City : Information Clearing House

Syria – Aleppo Destroyed