Downed Jet Fallout: Russia deploys S-400 in Latakia as Turkey Moves Tanks Near Syria
Russia has retaliated to the downing of the SU-24 by carrying out a carpet bombing the Turkmen villages in the surrounding area – on the face of it an illegal attack on civilians that would have caused loud protests in other circumstances, yet the west remains strangely silent on this (a pattern observed earlier in the carpet bombing of Raqqa by the Russian airforce). Given the results of the G20 summit it may be reasonable to assume that Erdogan was lured into this provocation by his NATO handlers who then threw him to the Russian bear as an expendable scapegoat, in order to legitimize the joint deployment of Russian, American and French carriers off the Syrian coast. From this point onward, a military escalation between Russia and Turkey seems inevitable, while NATO conveniently washes its own hands off the affair and lets Putin and Erdogan wear each other out, hoping to grab the spoils of war once “adult intervention” is required to calm things down between those two “neighborhood thugs”.
On Tuesday evening, we took a close look at the circumstances surrounding Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. The incident was the most meaningful escalation in the conflict to date and marks the first time a Russian or Soviet plane has been downed by NATO since 1953.
The pilots ejected, one of whom was shot in his parachute by FSA-affiliated Alwiya al-Ashar militiamen who subsequently celebrated over the body. About an hour later, the FSA’s 1st Coastal Brigade used a US-made TOW to destroy a Russian search and rescue helicopter, killing one Russian marine.
For his part, Vladimir Putin called Erdogan a backstabber and proceeded to accuse Turkey of flying the black flag of ISIS and funding the Islamic State cause by facilitating the sale of illegal crude.
Miraculously, there were no further escalations overnight, but as we outlined in detail on Tuesday, something doesn’t add up about the story Ankara is telling. According to a letter Turkey sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the 15 members of
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