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  • Turkey downs Russian fighter, Iran receives important message

    11/29/2015 1:36:05 PM PST · by Keyvan Salami · 24 replies
    keyvan Salami
    Ever since the Russian military launched its various airstrikes and ground activities in Syria all experts have warned of the possibility of provoked or unprovoked clashes. The recent downing of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet by Turkish F-16s must be evaluated through a regional perspective, and not a mere dispute between two countries. This incident has the potential to involve the entire North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as many members of the powerful bloc have expressed their support behind Ankara. However, the most critical result of this significant change of events is the very important message received by Iran. Turkey is...
  • Will Turkey’s and Egypt’s loss be Israel’s gain?

    Israel's Ministry of Tourism is incentivising Russia's travel trade in a bid to redirect Russian tourists who have been deterred from travel to Turkey and Egypt to come to its Eilat resorts on the Red Sea primarily, but also to the Mediterranean in the Tel Aviv region. The Ministry has earmarked an extra ILS10m ($2.6m) to an existing campaign targeting Russians, according to Michal Gerstler, a spokesperson for the ministry. The additional funds follow the latest developments of a Russian fighter jet downed this week affecting travel to Turkey and a ban on Russians going to Egypt after a Russian...
  • Turkey recovers body of pilot from downed Russian jet

    11/29/2015 10:08:51 AM PST · by amorphous · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 Nov 2015 | Dasha Afanasieva and Lidia Kelly
    Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war. A coffin carrying Oleg Peshkov arrived by ambulance on the tarmac of Hatay Airport in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, a Reuters photographer said. It was flown to the capital Ankara, where according to Russia's RIA news agency it was met at an airfield by Moscow's ambassador and military attache. The Russian embassy declined to comment and...
  • Europe Will Pay Turkey €3 Billion To Halt Refugee Exodus

    11/29/2015 9:41:47 AM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    In the aftermath of last week's dramatic events which have seen Turkey make a unilateral breach of NATO's unwritten rules of engagement by taking down a Russian jet, coupled with an assault on civil right and expression of speech when two journalists were arrested for exposing Turkish arms smuggling to Syria, culminating with the assassination of a prominent enemy of the state on live TV, one would expect that the "democratic, humanistic" western countries would at least issue a harsh condemnation of Erdogan's behavior. That won't happen: instead, the European Union will pay Turkey $3.2 billion to help it stop...
  • Turkey Moving 1000 Vehicles Including Leopard 2A4 Tanks From 1St Army To Syrian Border

    11/29/2015 7:07:56 AM PST · by Strategy · 72 replies
    ProNews ^ | November 28, 2015
    Translation: "Endless battalions of tanks, APCs and Firtina self-propelled howitzers are being transferred from the region of Evros and the Zone of Responsibility of the 1st Army to the borders with Syria and there is information to suggest movement of Leo2A4 tanks with 120mm guns and much greater survivability against the Russian T-90 than the upgraded M60T SABRA. The tanks are being moved from the western provinces of Turkey and joined the 5th Armoured Brigade based in Gaziantep. Turkish tanks are transported by all means. Some arrive by train, others by tank carriers. Overall, more than 1,000 battle tanks, artillery,...
  • How to Make Turkey Stock in a Crock Pot

    11/28/2015 11:54:40 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | Something Edible
    A method for turkey stock that practically makes itself in your Slow Cooker.
  • Your First Turkey! Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!

    11/28/2015 11:35:11 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 22, 2011 | Food Wishes
    Learn how to make an Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners!
  • Putin orders sanctions against Turkey over jet downing (Erdogan wishes it had not happened.)

    11/28/2015 7:59:42 PM PST · by amorphous · 58 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 28 Nov 2015
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin's website on Saturday came hours after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced "sadness" over the incident, saying he wished it had not happened.
  • Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms

    11/28/2015 6:57:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2015/11/28
    Putin said to be 'fully mobilized' as Turkey sends rebels arms President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader's spokesman said on Saturday. In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd." "Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot...
  • Extensive Report: Russia Ties Turkey’s Erdogan Family to Islamic State (Video)

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

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

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

    11/28/2015 2:08:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters Canada ^ | November 25, 2015 | Maria Kiselyova
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Turkey's political leaders had been encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying. Speaking a day after Turkey shot down one of Moscow's jets, Putin said: "The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday," the TASS news agency quoted him as saying. "The problem is much deeper. We observe ... that the current Turkish leadership over a significant number of years has been pursuing a deliberate policy of supporting the Islamisation of their country."(continued)
  • Syria army says Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels

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

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

    11/28/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by amorphous · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    A day after Turkey arrested two journalists for their report exposing Erdogan's weapons deliveries to "extremist groups" in Syria, confirming that no dissent to the president's foreign policy would be allowed, today a new riot has erupted in Istanbul following the dramatic murder in broad daylight of Tahir Elci, the president of the Turkish bar association in southeastern Diyarbakir province, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while giving a public speech. A campaigner for Kurdish rights, Elci had been criticized for challenging Turkey's official stance of calling the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist organization. A Turkish prosecutor last...
  • Obama Knows That Turkey Is Buying Oil From ISIS And He Isn’t Doing Anything To Stop It

    11/28/2015 9:01:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    EAD ^ | 11/28/2015 | Michael Snyder
    <p>At this point, is there anyone that still doesn’t know that ISIS is selling hundreds of millions of dollars of stolen oil in Turkey? As you will see below, this is very much an open secret, but the mainstream media in the United States is being strangely silent about this. Why? Well, because if the truth came out Turkey would have to be kicked out of NATO and Barack Obama would probably be facing impeachment proceedings. He claims to be fighting ISIS, and yet an endless parade of trucks carrying oil that ISIS has stolen goes back and forth over the Turkish border with his full knowledge and approval. Barack Obama is very much aware that Turkey is buying oil from ISIS and he refuses to do anything about it. If the Republicans are looking for a scandal which could completely wreck Obama’s presidency and essentially secure the 2016 election for them, this is it.</p>
  • While Putin Kills Terrorists, Obama Pays Them $500,000,000...

    11/28/2015 8:56:00 AM PST · by amorphous · 21 replies
    Shoebat.Com ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    While Putin was shelling the terrorists on Thanksgiving, president Barack Obama signed the Pentagon funding bill which allows $500 million in aid to the very terrorists in Syria that Putin is frying. Obama couldn't find a better time to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 except on the eve of Thanksgiving. So while Obama funds terrorists on Thanksgiving to aid his 'Turkey' friend, Putin slaughters her little chicklings at Turkmen Mountain in Syria. On the 25th, Russia also destroyed Turkish convoy crossing the borders into Syria at Azaz which is a hub, where Turkish aid (weapons, ammunition,...
  • Russian airstrikes hit Turkish convoy delivering weapons to ISIS in Syria

    11/28/2015 8:44:49 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/28/15 | Jim Kouri
    Turkish news editor prosecuted for blowing whistle on Turkey's alliance with ISIS The incident involving the shooting down of a Russian warplane by the Turkish military may have had to do with Turkey’s cooperation with the radical Islamic fighters in Syria and Russia’s decision to help the Arab dictator Bashar al-Assad fight both the Islamists and the secular rebel fighters attempting to over-throw Assad. In the aftermath of the Turkish military shooting down a Russian air force plane, the killing of its pilot, and the attack on a Russian rescue helicopter, the violence between those two nations is becoming more...
  • How Turkey Exports ISIS Oil To The World: The Scientific Evidence

    11/28/2015 8:38:21 AM PST · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 28 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    Over the course of the last four or so weeks, the media has paid quite a bit of attention to Islamic State’s lucrative trade in "stolen" crude. On November 16, in a highly publicized effort, US warplanes destroyed 116 ISIS oil trucks in Syria. 45 minutes prior, leaflets were dropped advising drivers (who Washington is absolutely sure are not ISIS members themselves) to "get out of [their] trucks and run away." The peculiar thing about the US strikes is that it took The Pentagon nearly 14 months to figure out that the most effective way to cripple Islamic State’s oil...
  • Interview with Oathkeepers PA official on refugee crisis

    11/28/2015 7:06:07 AM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | November 28, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    At the link there is a recorded interview with a State Constable in Pennsylvania concerning the so-called "refugees" entering the country. He is also a leader in Oathkeepers of Pennsylvania. There are no efforts to track these "refugees," who are arguably (and from experience) the terrorists of tomorrow. Interview with Constable Marcus Kohan begins at 25 minutes into program. The first 25 minutes of the program is a discussion of the intensifying situation in the Middle East around Turkey, Russia, Syria, and Obama's alliance with radical Islam. The farce of the Iranian nuclear deal is also discussed.
  • Prominent lawyer shot dead in Turkey

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

    11/28/2015 2:42:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/28/15 | Burak Bekdil
    In Erdogan's usual Sunni supremacist language, he accused the victims of jihad rather than the jihadists. "New tragedies will be inevitable," Erdogan said, "if the rising racism in Europe and other countries is not stopped." Yet Erdogan willingly ignores the rising racism, xenophobia, and anti-western, jihadist sentiments that increasingly command the hearts and minds of his fellow Turks. How should Erdogan fight Islamic terror -- something he does not believe exists? One of Erdogan's famous remarks is, "there is no Islamic terror." But he thinks that "just like fascism," Zionism is a crime against humanity. It is so funny...
  • Russian MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky Suggests Destroying Istanbul With A Nuclear Strike

    11/28/2015 4:02:53 AM PST · by Strategy · 45 replies
    Korrespondent ^ | November 27, 2015
    According to Russian media, MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposed to crush Turkey with a nuclear missile attack, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Korrespondent. "Istanbul is very easy to destroy: it takes just one nuclear bomb to throw in the Strait (Bosphorus - Ed.), and it will be washed away. It would be such a terrible flood, the water column would rise to 10-15 meters, and there would be no city with nine million people," - said the leader of the Liberal Democrats. According to Zhirinovsky, Turkey's NATO allies will not intervene, "not wanting to die in a nuclear fire." Zhirinovsky...
  • Erdogan's Dirty Dangerous ISIS Games

    11/27/2015 9:51:59 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 25 replies
    New Eastern Outlook ^ | August 24, 2015 | F. William Engdahl
    Turkey is a beautiful land, rich in resources, with many highly intelligent and warm people. It also happens to have a President who seems intent on destroying his once-proud nation. More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdogan's pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China,...
  • Lebanese Official Claims To Breitbart: NATO ‘Okayed’ Turkey’s Downing Of Russian Jet

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

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

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

    11/27/2015 3:56:50 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 63 replies
    I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving, and is now enjoying plenty of leftovers! We took the advice of 'boatbums', and did a dry brine for the first time - just salt. It turned out wonderfully, despite a near disaster. We began with a fresh turkey, and my husband salted it a few days ahead, dried the turkey naked in the fridge overnight, and started it in the oven at 450 degrees on The Day. A couple of hours later, the probe thermometer went off, and we stared at each other: something was wrong, and there was no way the...
  • Russians burn Erdogan's effigies, shout 'down with ISIS'

    11/27/2015 1:50:51 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, November 27, 2015 | PTI
    Activists in Moscow, belonging to a youth wing of the conservative Rodina party, put a life-size inflatable doll of Erdogan in a coffin and delivered it to the Turkish embassy. - Getty Images Moscow's fury over Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border was on full display today as pro-government activists staged anti-Turkey rallies, even parading a life-size doll of its president in a coffin. In Crimea, a group of young people gathered around a hay effigy with the face of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set up on the main square of Simferopol. Videos shot at...
  • Unreal: Erdogan Warns Russia Against Downing Turkish Jets in Syrian Airspace

    11/27/2015 1:28:08 PM PST · by marvel5 · 25 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | November 27, 2015 | Rudy Panki
    Check out the latest from Turkey's aspiring sultan: When asked what would happen if Russia shot down a Turkish jet that strayed into Syrian airspace, Turkey's airplane-shooter-in-chief said that it would qualify as Russian “aggression.” According to Erdogan, This kind of an incident which may happen of course will further push us to take measures. … Of course it will be an aggression against our rights of sovereignty and it is a natural right of [Turkey] to protect those rights Yes, Turkish warplanes zooming around Syria is a matter of “Turkish sovereignty.” You heard it here first. Why does Russia...
  • Top U.S. Air Defense Commander: Turkey’s Shootdown of Russian Jet “Had to Be PRE-PLANNED”

    11/27/2015 12:53:16 PM PST · by amorphous · 100 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | George Washington
    In his role as Norad commander for Alaska, McInerney dealt with more Russian fighter jet incursions (which he calls "bear penetrations") than anyone else in the world. So McInerney knows how to tell innocent from hostile incursions by foreign fighter jets, standard rules of engagement of foreign fighter jets, how to read radar tracks, and the other things he would need to know to form an informed opinion about the shootdown of a foreign jet. Yesterday, McInerney told Fox News - much to the surprise of the reporter interviewing him - that assuming the Turkish version of the flight path...
  • How Turkey Exports ISIS Oil To The World: The Scientific Evidence

    11/27/2015 12:40:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 11/27/15 | tyler durden
    Over the course of the last four or so weeks, the media has paid quite a bit of attention to Islamic State’s lucrative trade in “stolen” crude.On November 16, in a highly publicized effort, US warplanes destroyed 116 ISIS oil trucks in Syria. 45 minutes prior, leaflets were dropped advising drivers (who Washington is absolutely sure are not ISIS members themselves) to “get out of [their] trucks and run away.”The peculiar thing about the US strikes is that it took The Pentagon nearly 14 months to figure out that the most effective way to cripple Islamic State’s oil trade is...
  • Turkey warns Putin not to 'play with fire'

    Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned Vladimir Putin not to "play with fire" as their war of words continued to escalate over the downing of a jet. Putin has refused to contact Erdogan because Ankara does not to apologize for the downing of the Russian warplane, Putin aide Yuri Ushakov told Reuters Friday. On Thursday, Putin again slammed Turkey's explanations for the shoot down near the border with Syria, saying that the warplane's flight details had been passed to the U.S. in advance and should have been known to the Turkish government. "The American side, which leads the coalition...
  • Vladimir Putin refuses to speak to Turkish president over Ankara's lack of apology

    11/27/2015 11:01:02 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/27/15 | Raziye Akkoc
    Vladimir Putin has refused contact with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the latter’s offer to meet because Ankara refuses to apologise, an aide to the Russian president said. Relations between Moscow and Ankara have plunged into crisis since Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, claiming it had violated its airspace while flying over northern Syria. The two pilots ejected from the plane but one was killed while another was rescued several hours later. In retaliation for Turkey's actions, Russia prepared to impose punishing economic sanctions against Turkey, including abandoning a flagship pipeline project and a $20 billion...
  • Russia Suspends Visa-Free Travel With Turkey

    11/27/2015 9:30:36 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 27, 2015 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that Moscow will halt the existing visa-free regime starting Jan. 1, saying that Turkey has become a conduit for terrorists and has been reluctant to share information with Moscow about Russian citizens accused of involvement in terrorist activities. Turkey's downing of the Russian military jet Tuesday, the first time in half a century that a NATO member shot down a Russian plane, has...
  • Chief Of Russian Air Force Accuses Turkey Of Coordinated Ambush On Downed Jet

    11/27/2015 9:30:12 AM PST · by amorphous · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    By now everyone is aware of the Turkish side of the story of how a Russian Su-24 was downed by a Turkish F-16 on Tuesday morning, when it allegedly crossed into Turkish airspace for a grand total of 17 seconds, with Turkey supposedly warning the Russian bomber which had been targeting alleged jihadists in the region no less than "ten times." Turkey even produced an alleged recording of said warning, which Russia implied was faked as the surviving pilot made it very clear no actual warning had been received by the Russian warplane. So now that Russia has had three...
  • Has Turkey warned Russia, 'Hands off our black-market ISIS oil'?

    11/27/2015 8:06:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/27/2015 | By Robert Klein Engler
    From Reuters: “Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian-made warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeatedly warning it over air space violations, Turkish officials said, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.” Just the other day, “American warplanes destroyed around 280 of ISIS' oil tanker trucks along the Syria-Iraq border on Monday, U.S. officials told NBC News.”[SNIP] “U.S. air strikes targeting ISIS oil assets are so rare that PBS was caught using footage of Russian fighter jets bombing an oil storage facility in Syria and passing it off as evidence...
  • Turkish President Erdogan Blasts Vladimir Putin: 'Don't Play with Fire'

    11/27/2015 7:14:27 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 78 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-27-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A few days ago, Turkish F16-jets shut down a Russian jet. Ever since, tensions between Turkey and Russia have been on the rise. Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly threatened Turkey, and has taken action against Turkish citizens inside Russia. Some construction companies owned by Turks have been raided, trucks delivering flowers have been sent back at the border, and the Russian government has warned Turkish food producers that their goods may no longer be welcome in Russia. At the same time, Putin has spoken out against Turkey's Islamist ruler, President Erdogan, by accusing him of supporting terrorism. The Russian...
  • World View: Russia Accuses Turkey Of 'Industrial Scale' Oil Purchases From ISIS

    11/27/2015 7:13:23 AM PST · by Fennie · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 27, 2015 | John J. Xenakis
    On Tuesday, after the Russian warplane was shot down by Turkey, Russia's president Vladimir Putin said: ISIS has big money, hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, from selling oil. In addition they are protected by the military of an entire nation [i.e.,Turkey]. One can understand why they are acting so boldly and blatantly. Why they kill people in such atrocious ways. Why they commit terrorist acts across the world, including in the heart of Europe. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev alleged on Wednesday that Turkish officials were benefiting from ISIS oil sales, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...
  • Moscow wants Turkey to return Cathedral of St. Sophia to Orthodox Church

    11/27/2015 6:54:47 AM PST · by NRx · 47 replies
    RISU ^ | 11-26-2015 | Staff
    The State Duma deputies supported the idea of ​​return of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, coordinator of inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when the Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing “endurance trial,”the mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. “The Russian side deems it possible to recur to the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Turkey, Istanbul - St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) of Constantinople –an ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is associated with the history of...
  • Stumbling to War With Russia?

    11/27/2015 6:31:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act. That Sukhoi Su-24, which the Turks say intruded into their air space, crashed and burned -- in Syria. One of the Russian pilots was executed while parachuting to safety. A Russian rescue helicopter was destroyed by rebels using a U.S. TOW missile. A Russian marine was killed. "A stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists," said Vladimir Putin of the first downing of a Russian warplane by a NATO nation in half a century. Putin has a point, as the Russians are bombing rebels...
  • Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

    11/27/2015 6:01:09 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 108 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Nov 27, 2015
    Turkey's Erdogan warns Russia not to 'play with fire' ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that look more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week. Relations between the former Cold War antagonists are at their worst in recent memory after Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border on Monday. Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Ankara, which Erdogan has dismissed as "emotional" and "unfitting". "We very sincerely recommend to Russia not...
  • Russia is already exacting its revenge on Turkey for downing a Russian warplane

    11/27/2015 4:49:49 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 26, 2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    Russia is preparing to sanction Turkey in response to its downing of a Russian warplane earlier this week, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced in a televised cabinet meeting on Thursday, according to the BBC. "The government has been ordered to work out a system of response measures to this act of aggression in the economic and humanitarian spheres," which may include "limits or bans" on "foodstuffs, labor, and services from Turkish companies," Medvedev said. The sanctions "could bite into more than $30 billion in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish...
  • Ankara Suspends Air Force Flights Over Syria After Attack on Su-24 - Media

    11/27/2015 12:45:38 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 87 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 11-27-2015
    According to Turkish media, Ankara halted the flights of its aviation over Syria. ANKARA – Turkey has suspended its Air Force flights over Syria in the international coalition campaign in the fight against the Islamic State after the downing of the Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported Friday, citing diplomatic sources. On Tuesday, a Turkish Air Force F-16 downed the Russian bomber 4 kilometers from the Turkish border. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was shot down over Syrian territory, citing precise objective...
  • Am I the only one?

    11/26/2015 11:24:21 PM PST · by Cowman · 56 replies
    11-27-201 | Self
    Am I the only one who is really put off by the pardoning of the turkey and really, really wants a President who would kill, dress and eat the stupid bird?
  • Russia Releases Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria, As Putin Issues Warning To Obama

    11/26/2015 10:56:51 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 52 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-26-2015 | Durden
    "The S-400 is an air defense system. The reason we didn't have the system in Syria is because we thought our planes were flying at high enough altitudes where a terrorist could not reach them, they don't have weapons capable of downing our planes at the altitude of over 3 or 4 thousand meters. And We could never think that we could be stabbed in the back by a country we regarded as our ally. Our planes operated at altitudes of 5-6,000 meters and were completely unprotected against potential attacks from fighter jets. We could never imagine that that could...
  • US soldiers in Syria to back anti-IS Kurds: Kurdish sources

    11/26/2015 3:44:05 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 27, 2015 | AFP
    US soldiers are in Kobane, the town in northern Syria nearly destroyed in fierce fighting with the Islamic State group, to train Kurdish forces to battle the jihadists, Kurdish sources said Thursday. Mustapha Abdi, an activist in the town on the Turkish border, told AFP the American instructors had arrived "in recent hours", in what is the first official deployment of US ground troops in Syria. A source with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said the Americans would help plan offensives against two Syrian cities held by IS -- Jarablus and the jihadists' Syrian "capital", Raqa.
  • Turkey arrests editors over reports Ankara supplied weapons to Syrian fighters

    11/26/2015 7:24:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/26/15 | Raziye Akkoc
    Two journalists from an opposition Turkish newspaper have been arrested, accused of spying by an Istanbul court following reports that Turkey's intelligence agency sent weapons to Islamist rebel groups in Syria. In another case of journalists facing criminal charges and censorship, editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, were taken into custody on Thursday night, Turkish media reported. The two men are accused of spying and "divulging state secrets", according to reports, as well as being members of a terror organisation. Another charge included the violation of state security after the release of the footage....
  • They knew the exact time and the exact place

    11/26/2015 6:22:58 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 101 replies
    MailOnLine ^ | 27 Novemer 2015 | Corey Charlton
    Putin accuses US of leaking flight path of doomed jet to Turkey... as his fearsome anti-aircraft missiles roll into Syria Putin has accused the U.S. of being complicit in the destruction of its jet The Russian jet was downed by Turkey after it entered Turkish airspace He claimed Russia gave the U.S. the flight path data for the doomed aircraft This was either leaked or it does not control what its allies are doing Meanwhile, today Russia's fearsome S-400 missile systems arrived in Syria Putin has also agreed to coordinate airstrikes with France against ISIS Russian president Vladimir Putin has...