Turkey shoots down Russian warplane

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Turkey shoots down Russian warplane


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Turkey 'downs Russian warplane' near Syria border:



Red Winnipeg

Not good.


It's a tough neighborhood for flight operations.

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

People talk about avoiding WWIII. Seems to me we're already in the middle of it.


NATO member Turkey has shot down a Russian  jet on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Turkish border, returning to its Latakia base. ISIS supply lines pass from Turkey to Syria and Russia has been attempting to cut these.


Putin: Downing of Russian Jet Over Syria Stab in the Back By Terrorist Accomplices



Russian Warplane Shot Down at Syria-Turkey Border - LIVE UPDATES


The Turkish foreign minister has summoned the representatives of the five UN Security Council permanent members to brief them.


Video Allegedly Shows Dead Russian Pilot Surrounded By Armed Rebels in Syria


"Both pilots came under fire from members of the [rebel] group after they attempted to land with their parachutes. Jahed Ahmad a representative of the 10th Brigade rebel group, that attacked the pilots, said their shots killed the pilot, but the fate of the other pilot is still unknown.."


RT On-Air Special Coverage



The same Turkey that buys oil from ISIS.


Yes indeed. More on that from Pepe Escobar:

Not Only Ankara Backs Daesh But Also Offers Logistical Support - Pepe Escobar



NATO member Turkey now stands exposed as providing air-cover for terrorist ground forces. The fact that Russian pilots were then shot dead in cold blood by Western rebel proxies will only intensify things.

Simultaneous to this attack by NATO's Turkey, their Kiev clown-show also shows indications of erupting once again. Electricity transmission lines from Ukraine to Crimea were blown up by Right Sector militants and Ukraine has now declared a full cargo blockade of Crimea. The Americans are playing a very dirty and dangerous double game. Pretending to be for peace when actively colluding for war. Canada of course is with them on this.


RT is reporting that takfiri rebels involved in the murder of the Russian pilots descending by parachute into Syria, have offered their bodies in exchange for the release of their members previously taken prisoner and held by Syria.


The inevitable has finally happened. You can bet Russia has thought this through beforehand and will take its revenge by helping close the Syrian-Turkish border area that allows IS to be supplied by its western and gulf state terrorism supporters. I imagine at some future point at a time and choosing of Russia the Erdogans will pay a personal price.


NDPP, You seem to have up to the minute reports on the downing of the Russian jet and if they prove correct that this incident took place in Syrian airspace  you can expect some very serious repercussions in the not too distant future. Turkey is hiding behind the big bully's U.S.-Central bankers-NATO membership but that won't help very much if the game is to play dirty as you say. Putin has given his warning to those who continue to support IS against the Assad government in Syria and I don't believe these threats are given lightly.


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ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Supplemental: the NATO texts, etc. has an Article (5) in regard to a member state being attacked by a non-member.

There is no clause covering an act of violence or attack by a NATO member on a non-member.

It's literally beyond their imagination. This incident may contribute to ripping apart the predatory NATO alliance in Europe. Certainly, France, Germany, among others, will take a much more dim view of this shoot down than other member states.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Some more perspectives and remarks.

Andrew Korybko wrote:
One of the most elementary things anyone could have predicted at the start of Russia's anti-terrorist intervention in Syria would be that its aircraft would come under some type of air-to-air or air-to-ground threat -- there's nothing new or necessarily unexpected in this happening -- but what remains to be seen is how Russia responds to this.
 Contrary to hyper-enthusiastic alarmists, there isn't going to be a nuclear apocalypse, and Russia's response will likely take the form of covertly arming the Kurds and/or reciprocating by shooting down a Turkish jet above Syrian airspace.

NATO and the US encouraged this provocation because they want to put pressure on the Russian public, not the military. This in no way deters Russia's anti-terrorist fortitude, but it is engineered to decrease public support for the campaign. I personally don't think it will succeed in this regard, but it should be clear that this wasn't, nor isn't even capable of, stopping Russia's active anti-terrorist operations.

All that it does is escalate the current New Cold War tensions and shows how closely Erdogan works with the US and the lengths he's willing to go to curry favor with his masters.


Pepe Escobar wrote:
This was the FIRST TIME that a NATO fighter jet downed a Russian fighter jet SINCE THE START OF THE COLD WAR.

Sultan Erdogan The Last is probably thinking he's Mehmet about to conquer Constantinople. With F-16s.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Russian President V. V. Putin wrote:
"We will analyse everything, and today’s tragic event will have significant consequences, including for Russia-Turkish relations. We have always treated Turkey as a friendly state. I don’t know who was interested in what happened today, certainly not us. And instead of immediately getting in contact with us, as far as we know, the Turkish side immediately turned to their partners from Nato to discuss this incident, as if we shot down their plane and not they ours."

Instead of reaching for their sidearm, which is standard US practice, the Russians will wait, analyze, and see. Mind you, I think the Russian FM, Sergei Lavrov, just advised Russian tourists not to go to Turkey.

Turkey is a favourite destination of Russian tourists because there is no visa requirement. So you have to figure that the Turkish economy will suffer as the Egyptian economy will suffer due to the precipitous drop in tourist revenue. We are talking tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.

Edited to add: see Lavrov says Russians should refrain from visiting Turkey (TASS)

V.V.Putin wrote:
"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."

Undoubtedly, the NATO overlords in Washington will force the satellites to "support" Turkey's act of war. Behind the scenes, there will be furious attempts to make "Sultan" Erdogan back off.

But revenge is a dish best served cold. Some long term ideas:

Pepe Escobar wrote:

1) "Technical problems" cutting off natural gas to Turkey. 60% of Turkey's natural gas is imported from...Russia.

2) Spetznaz on delicate missions cracking "rebel" Turkey-paid/weaponized Turkmen, Uzbek, Uyghur skulls galore.

3) A de facto no-fly zone along the Syrian border with Russian fighters ready to shoot down any Turk intruder at the slightest "mistake".

4) "Discreet" weaponizing of the PKK enabling them to raise appropriate hell all over Anatolia.


And this is just the shortlist.


Make no mistake, this is some serious s*it. If the Turkish initial claims are true about "warning" the Russian pilot 10 times, etc., then you can be sure that Turkey consulted with their Washington masters. Which means the downing of the aircraft had Washington's approval.


ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syrian coast

RT wrote:
Russia now plans to implement new measures aimed at strengthening the security of the country’s air base in Syria and in particular to bolster air defense.

Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva, equipped with the ‘Fort’ air defense system, similar to the S-300, will be deployed off Latakia province's coast.

"We warn that every target posing a potential threat will be destroyed,” lieutenant general Sergey Rudskoy said during the briefing.

All military contacts with Turkey will be suspended,” he added.

Is Sultan Erdogan listening or taking further instructions from Washington?



In a private briefing, Reuters is reporting a handful of NATO allies expressed frustration the Turkish government chose to act so aggressively when it might have tried an alternative response like sending a plane to direct the Russian aircraft out of Turkish airspace.

"There are other ways of dealing with these kinds of incidents," one diplomat told Reuters.



Parachuting Russian pilots killed by terrorist ('moderate rebels') ground-fire



FSA (moderate rebels') Video Claims Russia Rescue Helicopter  Hit with US-made TOW Missile


One Russian marine killed


Who's in Control? Obama Or the Generals?


"So, who is in control: Obama or the generals?"


Cameron Must Investigate ISIS Terror Funding By Gulf Allies (and vid)


"Who is arming ISIS, who is providing safe havens for ISIS? To get there you have to ask questions about the arms everyone's sold in the region, or the role of Saudi Arabia in this. I think there are some very big questions and we have to be careful.' - Lord Ashdown.

'Surely a crucial way to help defeat ISIL is to cut off its funding, its supply of arms, and its trade,' Jeremy Corbyn said during prime minister's questions."


Some Russian sources characterize the recent events as a 'prepared ambush' for the Russian jets, and that it is likely that Russia will now shoot down any Turkish jets over Syria. The Kurds will be pleased.

Saker SITREP: Turkey Attacks Russia in Syria:


"Analysis of the objective monitoring data definitely showed there had not been any violation of Turkish air space




Turkey has played a leading role in fomenting the unrest in Syria since the very beginning of the uprising against the rule of Bashar al-Assad in 2011. Turkey has aided, abetted, and funded ISIS by keeping its southern border open with Syria, allowing radical jihadists from Europe to cross back and forth from ISIS-controlled territory, thereby enabling them to return to Europe to plot and execute such attacks as were recently carried out in the French capital.

Turkish commodity dealers have funded ISIS through their purchase of, by one estimate, $50 million a month in black-market oil. Indeed, reports have surfaced alleging that none other than Erdogan’s son Bilal has been a key financial benefactor of this unseemly business.



Sorry to hear about the fate of the pilots.


Sorry to hear that Amerikans, Kanadians, French, Brits, Russians, and others have not learned the basic lesson that if they try to impose their rule in foreign lands, they will be buried there. Without military honours.

I don't give too much of a shit about the others, because I can't do anything about them. But at least, let's keep pushing to bring our troops home. Please.



ISIS makes about 10 million a month selling oil to Turkey.


Webgear wrote:

Sorry to hear about the fate of the pilots.


Clearly violating the LOAC, lets send in the UN.


Given Putin's pilots have destroyed about a thousand IS oil trucks, the Erdogan family revenues have taken a bit of a hit.

Here's more:

Russian Chief of Ops Directorate on SU-24 Shoot-Down


click CC for subtitles


Map of SU-24 Flight Downed by Turkish F-16 Jet



Why Down Russian Jet? (and vid)


"Because fighting ISIS is not really on Turkey's agenda. Interviews with Srdja Trifkovic, foreign affairs editor, Catherine Shakdam, Muslim educator and analyst


'Turkey Serves Interest of Sociopaths in Washington' (and vid)


"The downing of the war plane was a 'very dangerous' escalation likely carried out with the authorization of NATO and Washington, said Daniel Patrick Welch an outspoken critic of US foreign policy."


Recently Declared States of Emergency:






NDPP wrote:

Recently Declared States of Emergency:





Please, one at a time. Don't everyone panic all at once.


I have heard that a Russian Search and Rescue helicopter was also shot down this morning, no word on the fate of its crew at this time. 


Posted @ #16


Reference post #16.

Yes, it was a TOW missile. Takes a bit of skill to use one. 


Syrian Rebels Describe US Backed Training in Qatar (2014)


"In a documentary to be aired Tuesday night, the rebels describe their clandestine journey from the Syrian battlefield to meet with their American handlers in Turkey and then travel on to Qatar, where they say they received training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, 'how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.'

In recent months, at least five rebel units have posted videos showing their members firing US-made TOW anti-tank missiles at Syrian positions. The weapons are believed to have come from Saudi Arabia, but experts on international arms transfers have told McClatchy that they could not have been given to the rebels without the approval of the Obama administration..."

Man-pad portable so easy to conceal and transport - nifty thing for shooting down passenger aircraft on landing or takeoff maybe?

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

The helicopter was damaged by ground fire and made an emergancy landing... the local rebels in the area seen it sitting there and then destroyed it with a TOW missle (as the damaged helicopter sat on the ground); they did not shot it down with a TOW missle.


Would Turkey Act Without US Permission? Daniel McAdams


"One question is would [Turkish President] Erdogan do this without US permission, without US support', he asks. 'Even if this Russian jet wandered into Syrian airspace, how is it that the Turkish F-16s scrambled, met their target and took out their target in a matter of seconds, and how is it that the Russian plane crashed in Syria itself?'

'I find it interesting that NATO General Jens Stoltenberg all of a sudden turned his rhetoric down about 12 notches. I think he realizes that things have just gotten real,' he said.

The reports of so-called 'moderate' rebel groups shooting at pilots as they drifted in parchutes toward the ground - an act many would consider a war-crime - also highlight the problems of Western strategies in supporting those groups. 'The whole idea that these people are moderates is insane.' McAdams said.

'So, 14 years after al Qaeda attacked the US on 9/11, the US is talking about bringing an Al Qaeda affliate in as a 'moderate opposition' in Syria..?"


Prime Minister Trudeau Says Canada Will Help 'De-Escalate' Tensions Between Russia, Turkey


"Canada's ambassador to NATO has been tasked with helping to 'de-escalate what is obviously a tense situation' after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane that flew into its airspace on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CBC. 'And I'm certainly counting on Canada to remain a productive voice making sure that cooler heads prevail and calm is restored.'

Given Canada's obedient US vassal status, its full throated support of the US-installed Nazi oligarchy in Ukraine, not to mention Trudeau's own campaign characterization of Russia's president as a 'dangerous bully', this suggestion Canada could play some kind of honest broker between Russia and Turkey is ridiculous. He best stick to 'selfies' with his fans and leave serious stuff to others.


Well Trudeau is ridiculous, so churning out ridiculousness comes natural.


Downing of Russian Su-24 Looks Like A Planned Provocation - Lavrov (and vid)


"The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. 'We have serious doubts this act was unintentional...'


Ankara Defends ISIS, Turkish Officials Have Financial Interests in Oil Trade With Group - PM Medvedev


"Some Turkish officials have 'direct financial interests' in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said as he detailed possible Russian retaliation to Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane in Syria on Tuesday..."


US Backed Forces Have Right To Self-Defense, But Others Do Not - US State Dept



Additional Links Regarding the Downing of Russian Su-24



$60'000 ea. TOW missles for everyone!


The Syrian rebels have so many TOW missles they're shooting them at handfuls of people now.



Asked Wednesday whether he agrees with U.S. President Barack Obama that Turkey had a right to defend itself, Trudeau said it’s not “entirely clear” right now what exactly occurred.


'17 Seconds': No One's Buying Turkey's Version of Su-24 Story


"Ankara's timeline of events is already raising questions..."


'Turkish Jets Gave Us No Warning Before Shooting' - Rescued Navigator of Downed Su-24 (and vid)


"The navigator of the Russian Su-24 shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday insists that his plane did not cross into Turkey's airspace and says he was given no visual or radio warning before being fired at..."


The NATO Destruction of the RUAF - Su-24 Fencer and Turkish Murder of the Russian Servicemen


"The increasing velocity of events in syria indicates that the conflict may be ready to spill over into a larger conflagration..."


Russia Turkey crisis: Live updates as it emerges Russia ADMITTED airspace violations just last month


Range of Frustrations Reached Boil as Turkey Shot Down Russian Jet



The Motive: How Russia's Enemies Benefit From the Downing of Su-24


"Turkey hid under NATO's umbrella."


NorthReport wrote:

Russia Turkey crisis: Live updates as it emerges Russia ADMITTED airspace violations just last month


Range of Frustrations Reached Boil as Turkey Shot Down Russian Jet


Clear from the Times article that Erdogan was feeling domestic pressure to do something to protect the Syrian Turkmen. Apparently, this was his response.


Turkey releases recording of agitated warnings to Russian plane before shooting it down

This image taken from video shows a trail of flames coming from a Russian warplane shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday.




David Cameron starts task of persuading Labour MPs to back Syria airstrikes


Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

I mean really, is there any surprise at all that the surviving pilot would claim they received no warnings and weren't in Turkish airspace at any time before the shoot down? It all comes down to who you want to believe.

I agree with what most military analysts are saying: the Turkish jets should have intercepted the two aircraft and escorted them out of Turkish air space. 

This is all I have to say on this. Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiviing if your into that.


Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiviing if your into that.

Likewise! Just maybe this year, spare the turkey.

ETA: Since we're drifting, a little historical note. We Canadians copied Thanksgiving from our U.S. neighbours in the late 19th century sometime. After WWI, however, we decided to create Remembrance Day on the anniversary of the armistice. That war was a much longer and (proportionally) more murderous catastrophe in Canada than in the U.S. So soon thereafter, we moved Thanksgiving up a month, so as not to be killing turkeys and poppies at the same time.

voice of the damned

Unionist wrote:

Bec.De.Corbin wrote:

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiviing if your into that.

Likewise! Just maybe this year, spare the turkey.

ETA: Since we're drifting, a little historical note. We Canadians copied Thanksgiving from our U.S. neighbours in the late 19th century sometime. After WWI, however, we decided to create Remembrance Day on the anniversary of the armistice. That war was a much longer and (proportionally) more murderous catastrophe in Canada than in the U.S. So soon thereafter, we moved Thanksgiving up a month, so as not to be killing turkeys and poppies at the same time.

And you know, for the longest time, I assumed it was because of climate. Canada gets colder earlier, so we must have our harvest earlier. (Is what I thought)

Which doesn't really make much sense, I guess, since most Canadians live within a few hours, tops, from the northern USA, so the climate wouldn't be all that different.


Turkey is supporting ISIS in a big way so i hope they get censured or punished somehow.


Russia is no stranger to violating other countries airspace's or trying to intimidate them. This time someone did something about it.


It was still pretty stupid of Turkey to open fire.


Rebels on the ground convieniently filmed themselves committing a war crime shooting at the decending pilot.


'They Know How It's Done': Turkey Violated Greek Airspace 2,244 Times in 2014 Alone


9 Quick Facts About Russian Su-24 Jet Downed By Turkish Air Force (and vid)


"Former Vice Chief of Staff, US Air Force, Lt Gen Tom McInerney, told Fox News: 'This airplane was not making any maneuvers to attack the territory..it was probably pressing the limit, that's fair. But you don't shoot 'em down just because of that.

I don't really trust President Erdogan in what he is doing,' he added. 'I think it was an overly aggressive maneuver and at NORAD Command Region, we would not use this kind of rules of engagement.

That had to be pre-planned."


Was The US Involved in The Turkish Attack Against The Russian Jet?


"...But there is also a bigger game going on and it is likely that Erdogan has a new contract and Obama's backing for the escalation. James Winfield, the Deputy Chief of US General Staff, was in Ankara when the incident happened. It is hard to believe that there was no communication about what was prepared to happen."


Turkey Targets Whistle-Blowing Journalists


"...The released footage, which daily Cumhuriyet posted on its website in late May, purportedly showed trucks belonging to Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) carrying weapons to the Takfiri terror groups operating in neighboring Syria. The Cumhuriyet video also shows trucks of the MIT being inspected by security officers.

The daily said the trucks were carrying around 1,000 mortar shells, hundreds of grenade launchers and more than 80,000 rounds of ammunition for light and heavy weapons.."


The Debate: Russia-Turkey Tensions (and vid)


Webster Griffin Tarpley and Brent Budowksy talk about tensions between Moscow and Ankara


Turkey Moved The Border  -  by Joyce Nelson


"The real reasons for claims of airspace violations is because Turkey unilateraly 'moved' the Turkish-Syrian border five miles south..."


Russian Pilot Rescued By Iran's General Soleimani


"Russian sources revealed on Thursday that the pilot [navigator] of the Russian Su-24 jet that was shut down by Turkey over Syrian airspace on Tuesday, was rescued in an operation by Iran's globally renowned IRGC Qods Force Commander Major General Soleimani.

One of the reasons for the success of the operation was differences between Turkey and the terrorists over the fate of the Russian pilot [navigator]. The Turks wanted him alive to use for political blackmailing against Russia. The terrorists in the region wanted to burn him alive like what was done to the Jordanian pilot to fill other Russian pilots with fright.

And this rift paved the ground for rescue operations with some golden hours, since the opposition never dreamed such rapid planning and action by the rescue squads would be possible..."


Ukrainian Officials Endorse Turkish Downing of Russian Jet


"The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, stauchly defended the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane along the Syrian-Turkish border. Turchynov called for the Ukrainian military to adopt a similar hair-trigger posture toward alleged Russian border incursions and to immediately shoot down any Russian planes in its airspace..."