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'Missiles fired at' Russian plane with 159 passengers onboard flying over Syria
RT.com ^ | April 29, 2013

Posted on 04/30/2013 3:05:01 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright

Two missiles were reportedly fired at a Russian plane with at least 159 passengers on board that was flying over Syrian territory. Russian officials admit the jet faced danger, but are not talking of a targeted attack.

The news broke in on Monday as Interfax, citing “an informed source in Moscow,” reported that a Russian passenger plane was attacked.

Syrian [officials] informed us that on Monday morning, unidentified forces launched two ground-to-air missiles which exploded in the air very close to a civilian aircraft belonging to a Russian airline,” the source told the Russian agency.

The pilots reportedly managed to maneuver the plane in time however, “saving the lives of passengers.”

It is believed the aircraft was intentionally targeted, “but it remains unclear whether the attackers knew it was Russian or not,” the source added.

However, Russian officials, though admitting the plane might have been endangered, are not yet talking of a targeted attack.

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s said on its website the plane’s crew at 4.55 PM Moscow time (12.55 GMT) “detected battle action on the ground that, according to the crew, could constitute a threat to the 159 passengers on board the plane.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry is now “taking emergency measures to clarify all the circumstances of this situation, including making contact with the Syrian authorities,” the ministry’s spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich said.

Meanwhile, Russia's federal air traffic agency Rosaviatsia has issued a warning to all Russian airlines to avoid routes over conflict zones.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: alquida; russia; syria; terrorism
IF it was the "rebels" guess who probably supplied the ground to air missiles to them.
1 posted on 04/30/2013 3:05:01 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright
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To: Neil E. Wright

“guess who probably supplied the ground to air missiles to them.”

A dead Ambassador to Libya.


2 posted on 04/30/2013 3:21:28 AM PDT by enduserindy (Conservative Dead Head)
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To: enduserindy

I would hate to think this is somehow retaliation for the Russians providing information about the Boston bomber brothers, and complicating the fact that the US/FBI FAILED.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 3:27:58 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Let's not be so open-minded that our brains fall out.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

What do you suppose the Russian response would have been if they would have actually brought that CIVILIAN plane down?


4 posted on 04/30/2013 3:30:57 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: fivecatsandadog

I doubt it. Retaliation for Russian support of assad is more likely.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 3:32:55 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Neil E. Wright

Note to self:

Do not get on a plane that will be flying over Syria.


6 posted on 04/30/2013 3:45:15 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Your plan sounds good.

I think I’ll start on it now.


7 posted on 04/30/2013 3:48:14 AM PDT by John Q. Patriot (http://johnqpatriot.wordpress.com)
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To: MestaMachine

What do you suppose the Russian response would have been if they would have actually brought that CIVILIAN plane down?
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Unless ‘they’ were trying to get rid of 159 ‘dissidents’, methinks the Rooskies would have launched one or two or three of those ‘nooclear weapons’ they supposedly have destroyed over the years.

On 2nd thought, even if they were trying to get rid of 159 ‘dissidents’, to save face they probably would have launched anyway.


8 posted on 04/30/2013 3:56:52 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: Neil E. Wright

I suspect this is Russian agitprop, but it is aimed directly at the bow of the USS Obama Foreign Policy.

This is a countermove to the just released news of a “gas attack” by Assad’s regime.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 4:00:31 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Something smells here. How does a civilian airliner evade not one but two SAMs? They have no defensive systems, big hot turbofans, they are not that maneuverable... The only likely scenario I can see is that the shooters fired when it was outside the normal engagement envelope - maybe too high or too far away and they just didn’t get there...


10 posted on 04/30/2013 4:19:57 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I agree. I can see one of two scenarios: 1) The SAM’s were “targeted” to miss, or 2) The SAM’s targeting system just isn’t that good. Hard to imagine a civilian airliner going into intensive evasive maneuvers to avoid accurate SAM strikes.


11 posted on 04/30/2013 4:23:34 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: MestaMachine
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As Star Trek's "Checkov" remarked of the Klingons ...

"They probably would have destroyed the planet" ...

... or Damascus, in this case ...


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12 posted on 04/30/2013 4:36:15 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Piss upon Obama, and his False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: ThunderSleeps

It would take a fairly sophisticated SAM to bring down an airliner at +30,000 feet.


13 posted on 04/30/2013 4:46:00 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Neil E. Wright

Was the plane’s call sign ‘Lusitania’?


14 posted on 04/30/2013 4:48:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: servo1969
Do not get on a plane that will be flying over Syria.

My travel tips for all going abroad:

  1. No Israeli buses.
  2. No Nigerian ferries.
  3. No Russian planes.

15 posted on 04/30/2013 4:49:11 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: cincinnati65

16 posted on 04/30/2013 4:50:47 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Neil E. Wright

Obama has special forces in Turkey and Jordan aiding Syrian rebels.

Russia has special forces supporting Assad, possibly manning anti-aircraft sites.

Days ago, Obama claims Assad my be using chemical weapons...crossing the line.

Days later, Putin claims Syrian rebels took a pot shot at a Russian civilian airliner...crossing the line.

Just tit-for-tat.


17 posted on 04/30/2013 5:20:43 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: MestaMachine

Something is up in Libya,

Libya: Militiamen Surround Justice Ministry
April 30, 2013 | 1102 GMT
Dozens of Libyan militiamen on April 30 surrounded the Justice Ministry in Tripoli with trucks equipped with anti-aircraft guns, AP reported. Tensions have escalated in Libya over the last few days.


18 posted on 04/30/2013 5:22:12 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Fitzy_888

update today:

Five people were killed in an explosion April 30 at Marjeh Square in central Damascus, a monitoring group said, Reuters reported. A pro-government television channel showed widespread damage.


19 posted on 04/30/2013 5:23:28 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: crosslink

obama’s chickens getting ready to roost.


20 posted on 04/30/2013 5:26:00 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Neil E. Wright

21 posted on 04/30/2013 5:28:42 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: 1010RD

Maybe...

Putin doesn’t have gay pride marches with his army.


22 posted on 04/30/2013 5:28:53 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: MestaMachine

This was yesterday, Why do I think this is related to hearings coming up? Watch if anyone is killed and who they are as we may have a group getting rid of anyone who could tell the truth one Ministry at a time.

Libya: Gunmen Have Surrounded Foreign Ministry, Military Says
April 28, 2013 | 1128 GMT
At least 200 gunmen allegedly armed with AK-47s and sniper rifles have surrounded the Libyan Foreign Ministry in Tripoli to demand that officials who worked for ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi be banned from senior positions in the new government, witnesses and a military official said April 28, Al Jazeera reported. The gunmen blocked roads with at least 20 trucks loaded with anti-aircraft weapons and directed traffic away from the building. The country’s post-Gadhafi era has been characterized by a weakened central government that has struggled to control the variety of armed militias vying for influence


23 posted on 04/30/2013 5:29:00 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: MestaMachine; crosslink

So what happens if the missile is one that Dumbo gave AQ and the rebels from Benghazi?

Hmmmm.....chickens coming home is right!


24 posted on 04/30/2013 5:32:45 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: crosslink

Yeah, I posted that article a few days ago. It didn’t get any comments. We tend to forget about these places after our planes stop dropping bombs on them. As Benghazi should have taught people our problems there are far from done.


25 posted on 04/30/2013 5:33:29 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: MestaMachine
What do you suppose the Russian response would have been if they would have actually brought that CIVILIAN plane down?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/1359353/Ukraine-admits-it-shot-down-Russian-airliner.html

BTW, the U.S. backed up the Russians by providing evidence that is was, in fact, the Ukrainians.

26 posted on 04/30/2013 5:41:02 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I don’t know much about commercial airliners.

Does their onboard radar have the capability to track something like a missile and warn that it’s heading toward the aircraft - especially if coming from below?


27 posted on 04/30/2013 5:43:25 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: cincinnati65

To be honest manpads has numerous operational limitations. Airliner is not exactly easy target unless it takes-off or landing.


28 posted on 04/30/2013 5:58:07 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Neil E. Wright
“Syrian [officials] informed us that on Monday morning, unidentified forces launched two ground-to-air missiles which exploded in the air very close to a civilian aircraft belonging to a Russian airline,”

Do air to air missles explode without hitting their target? Do they have proximity sensors or something?
29 posted on 04/30/2013 6:02:56 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Patton@Bastogne

At Least the Klingons have a concept of Honor.

Can’t say the same about the mooozh. Unless one considers killing one’s daughter because she blew a kiss to a boy on facebook.


30 posted on 04/30/2013 6:10:23 AM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

An accidental hit is far different from being a deliberate target.


31 posted on 04/30/2013 6:21:00 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Neil E. Wright

Remember how the Russians dealt with the Somali pirates who seized a Russian ship? Putin is not wishy-washy like Obama and those firing those missiles will come to regret their targeting of the Russians.


32 posted on 04/30/2013 7:00:10 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Pan_Yan
As Benghazi should have taught people our problems there are far from done.



I think this is just the beginning.. :/
33 posted on 04/30/2013 7:00:37 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: dead

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My tips for Americans:

No Kenyan fairies!

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34 posted on 04/30/2013 7:16:36 AM PDT by devolve ( -- -- liberals secret fuel economy trick -- simply fill up your tires with propane --)
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To: Neil E. Wright

I don’t know if I believe this story.

See, obama was elected and he hit the ‘reset’ button and erased all the evil that George Bush did on the world scene. We’ve returned to the Garden of Eden, and everyone is happy.

Therefore, this report cannot be right.


35 posted on 04/30/2013 8:03:57 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

We might need more popcorn for this!


36 posted on 04/30/2013 8:45:21 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: MestaMachine

“I doubt it. Retaliation for Russian support of assad is more likely.”

Unless the Fraud-in-Chief provided the intel to the people firing the missiles....


37 posted on 04/30/2013 8:51:06 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Neil E. Wright
that's crazy, are they making a movie or something?
38 posted on 04/30/2013 8:51:30 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: Neil E. Wright
The Russians do not play.

Both the people in Syria, and the United States, will suffer if this has been enabled by us.

BTW, how sh*tty are those missiles if they cannot take out a slow, lumbering civvy aircraft?

39 posted on 04/30/2013 10:18:13 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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40 posted on 04/30/2013 10:42:04 AM PDT by devolve ( -- -- liberals secret fuel economy trick -- simply fill up your tires with propane --)
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41 posted on 04/30/2013 10:43:42 AM PDT by devolve ( -- -- liberals secret fuel economy trick -- simply fill up your tires with propane --)
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To: Lazamataz

Airliner is an extremely hard target for most manpads unless it is shot on takeoff or landing. It’s range is too short.


42 posted on 04/30/2013 10:51:55 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: Neil E. Wright

Whew...almost had another empty center fuel tank explode.


43 posted on 05/01/2013 3:52:53 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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