by Ghassan Kadi
What started as a “War On Syria”, allowed to grow and fester unabated, fueled and sponsored by eighty three nations spearheaded by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and NATO and all pro-NATO nations, is undoubtedly coming to a head.
Geneva III seems dead in the water, just like Geneva I and II were. This time however, Syria and its allies are calling the shots, and they are playing the cat-and-mouse game, and why not? After all, the ball is in their court and it wasn’t easy coming. It’s the spoil of blood and sacrifice.
That said, whichever way one looks at what I call the “War On Syria” or truly believe it is a revolution and choose to call it the “Syrian Revolution” or any other name for that matter, recent events are indicating a coming to head; one way or the other.
The time of stalemates has long gone. If anything, the stalemates were the result of a series of stagnant conditions on the battlefield which didn’t allow for victors or losers to emerge except in certain specific areas, but as the Syrian Army is now making sweeping advances in many territories and on many fronts under the aerial support of Russia, the stalemate is no longer.
Any whichever way one looks at the recent developments in Syria, favourably, unfavourably, or indifferently, one has to be able to see that there are some serious changes on the horizon. Those changes will eventually culminate into new directions and the coming to head of an outcome cannot be too far away.
Some of the head figures that were involved in the original orchestration of the “War On Syria” have already faced their own coming to head and came down crashing. Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan was perhaps the most infamous “victim”. Few conspirers throughout history have fallen on their own swords in a more humiliating manner than the way he was demoted from a potential crown prince and king to a virtual nobody.
The outcome that has thus far been achieved by the collaboration of the aerial Russian might with the Syrian Army on the ground is tightening the noose on Erdogan and giving him a few bitter options. The Saudis are not in a much better situation, but Saudi Arabia does not have common borders with Syria and Saudi Arabia does not have Kurds.
Now that Erdogan has finally shown his true colours to the Kurds and spewed his hatred upon them in Syria, Iraq and within Turkey itself, he can no longer rewind the clock and restore his pre-“War On Syria” diplomacy status with them.
Erdogan must be shuffling his cards, contemplating different options and weighing out their risks. Without reaching some agreement with Russia, he cannot save face. But his window for diplomacy with Russia has been deadlocked and Russia will not sit at a negotiating table with him, not after he shot down the Su-24 and had his thugs kill the pilot as he parachuted. Realistically, he cannot emerge with any win, modest and insignificant as it might be, without some military action. But as his biggest military gamble in Syria was beginning to fail even before Russia intervened, what hope of military gain does he have now with Russia on Syrian soil and in her skies?
But if he sits back and allows Syria to win, among other things, he will be accepting to face serious and grave domestic repercussions. As a matter of fact, those repercussions have already started, and a quick look at Diyarbakir and its surrounds says it all.
The only other option Erdogan has is to have a military showdown with Russia, but to do this, he needs help.
The Saudis have expressed willingness to send troops into Syria to fight alongside the USA against Daesh (ISIS), wink wink. We all know what this means. This is their way of saying that they intend to use Turkey as a route and work alongside Turkish troops in attacking Syria. Ironically however, Saudi Arabia, that has a military budget higher than that of Russia, has not yet been even able to score a military win in Yemen, and probably never will. The recent announcement about sending troops into Syria sounds like a practical joke. That said, Erdogan does not need the Saudi Army. The Turkish Army has enough muscle power of its own, but not anywhere near strong enough to engage with Russia, and any Saudi involvement will probably be tokenistic. Furthermore, the Saudis might have been keen to fight against Syria, but they will not engage in battle against Russia.
Turkey will never be able to have a war with Russia unaided, but all indications are that it is picking on a fight with the Big Bear in the hope the NATO will support it. The ally Erdogan is counting on is NATO not Saudi Arabia, and this is not such a great revelation. Erdogan has been playing the NATO card long before the downing of the Su-24 last November.
If Turkey ever needed to be a NATO member, the reason was always Russia. The animosity between the two nations is centuries old and the dispute was not only over territory, but also religious. After all. The Ottomans have invaded the entire region of Orthodoxy, decimated the Byzantine Empire, and only Russia was able to spare herself from their iron fist rule.” But as fate took a turn and the Ottoman Empire was no longer and Russia herself became a superpower, when NATO was founded in 1949, Turkey had no reason at all to join it other than fear of the USSR.
For five years now, the enemies of Syria have been pushing their luck trying to engage the USA and NATO directly in fighting the Syrian Army but to no avail. The so-called East Ghouta chemical attack massacre was framed on the Syrian Army in a desperate attempt to get a UNSC resolution akin to the one made against the government of Libya a couple of years earlier, but this time Russia vetoed the decision.
But Erdogan never gave up trying to engage Uncle Sam. When he ordered his troops to down the Su-24, it was clear that this was yet another attempt to drag NATO into an intervention that it does not need and a UNSC resolution, but his plea seemed to have gone to deaf ears. The extra-ordinary NATO meeting that Erdogan immediately requested following the incident, clearly stated that Turkey and Russia should work together to settle their problems. That was NATO’s clear message to Turkey to leave NATO out of it.
But Turkey did not stop its attempts to pick on a fight with Russia. A few days ago, unoccupied Syrian towns close to Turkish borders were bombed as Turkey was apparently providing a cover for retreating Jihadists. As a matter of fact, the news today is reporting Russian awareness of a Turkish preparation for sending troops into Syria. Russia is warning, and Erdogan is definitely stirring the pot unabated.
With or without NATO’s support, it takes a madman to aim for war with Russia, but Erdogan is now as mad as a cornered rabid dog. All of his actions, ever since the downing of the Su-24 are indicative of getting into a military confrontation with Russia. This is what he is aiming for. A war of this nature has the potential to develop into a global war and a multitude of regional wars that will not only include the super powers, but also regional powers. Millions of lives can be lost, and no human in his/her right mind would wish it to happen. But how can one put a harness on a madman and stop him in his tracks?
Erdogan is taking an enormous and dangerous gamble here, not only in deliberately trying to engage with a superpower, but also in hoping that NATO will come to its supposed end of the bargain.
If a limited conflict develops between Turkey and Russia, NATO will probably weigh in, but the question is this, if a full scale war does break out between Russia and Turkey, will NATO enter the theater to protect Erdogan’s hide? No one knows, but a quick guess says unlikely.
Cynics and critics might say that NATO, and the USA in particular, will never let go of their regional interests in Turkey. This is true, but defending Erdogan and defending Turkey are two different things.
If faced between having to cut Erdogan loose to face his destiny or engaging in an all-out war with Russia, the USA and NATO might choose the former and sacrifice Erdogan personally. In fact, this would be a perfect scenario for a colour revolution, and what stops America from orchestrating one in Turkey? After all, they are the experts of turning against their allies.
A good look at the map of northern Syria and the recent advances of the Syrian Army clearly indicates that the western region of that border will soon be back into the hands of the Syrian Army, and soon could mean a few weeks. In a few weeks, if not probably less, the city of Aleppo will go back to the custody of the state and government of Syria. This will constitute a huge blow to Erdogan. Considering that the Turkish-Syrian border in the Hatay region is quite mountainous and difficult to penetrate militarily, once it goes back to Syrian hands, it will be virtually impossible for Turkey to take that it back. The eastern side of the border however is quite flat and any advancing troops will be sitting ducks for aerial attacks.
The other risk factor for Erdogan stems from the fact that during an election year, America is highly unlikely to commit itself to a new war, any new war, let alone a major war with Russia.
The fall of Erdogan on his head is bound to happen one way or the other, and the huge popularity he gained after reforming the economy is getting eroded gradually, and even though he won the last round of elections, if Turkey faces more domestic strife and gets dragged by its leader into a major war, not only the economic reforms will fall by the wayside and push turkey back to the economic abyss, but this will open the political doors to all possibilities, with or without a colour revolution.
As the clock is ticking however, and as forces loyal to Erdogan within Syria lose more territory and nerve, Erdogan’s need to gamble becomes more dire, and he finds himself pushed more and more into a corner, forced to play roulette, the Russian style.
Anyone can tell me what this odd device is? I have seen many pictures with Syrian tanks where such as device was visible.
I think it is a countermeasure against TOW missiles.
When activated, it has bright lights which flash at a similar rate to the TOW’s guidance lights, dazzling the optical sensors and making the missile fly off course.
It is a detector not active defenses. It detects enemy fire was what the SAA soldier said. Since the guy was only a reporter that satisfied him. The video shows the back side is actually open. The lens seems to show a high resolution optical sensor like a camera CCD that can track infrared or laser signals. Actually all CCD’s can track infrared signals they have to use special filters to make it not do that. The Sony night shot removes this filter when you put it into night shot mode but those CCD’s are like a 50th the size though.
Did you see the Russian fire control radar system? portable and hand carried and pin points any sniper position. As big as a lap top. Only the T90 has some huge infrared and laser emitters on both sides of the turrent as a jamming device.
Thanks for the info!
More info on that weird looking thing on top of tanks and trucks in Syria..
It seems they are IR jammers and not detectors. works on 2 car batteries and are 100% effective against TOW’s. It damages your eyes as well.
But Saudi’s have been giving less effective ATGM’s to every terrorist they can find so not sure how effective they will be against those… Not very effective against targeting devices that use direct line of sight rather than a CCD screen as you can not see infrared like RPG rounds.
Thanks, very interesting!
Doesn’t it look like ARENA, with desert coloring?
The back end of a TOW missile has a container of carefully-folded wire, a solid-fuel rocket engine, and a bright flashing light. Yes, I believe it is in the near-infrared. But it looks like a sparkler in the TOW sight. If you are downrange, you can’t see it, though. The missile flies fairly slowly, I’m not sure exactly how fast, but slow enough to not break the wire.
The TOW launcher tracks the bright light, and sends up/down/right/left commands down along the wire. It tries to keep the missile in the middle of the crosshairs, even if the operator slews the sight as the missile flies. All the jammer has to do is to blink at a similar rate, to fool the TOW launcher’s optical tracker.
Fara-1 sight radar mounted on DShKM in Mahin area, operated by #SAA
SAA T-90 and T-72M1 with new jammer North #Aleppo.
PHOTO: A diff image of an #SAA T-90 with an M2 Browning HMG mounted on Main gun.
Yugoslavian OSA rockets and Osa launcher as well as a Croatian Milkor MGL in Atman, Daraa
SAA capture Malyutka ATGMs from rebels in #Atman #Daraa.
What is up with this tactic?
Great article, very interesting, Russia is a major power thought, not a superpower.
US has about 10,000 nuclear warheads.
Russia has about 10,000 nuclear warheads.
The next one on the list is France with about 300 warheads.
When you have many times over nuclear warheads to end all life on Earth, you are a superpower.
Power over life or death trumps everything else.
No, I believe then you are a major power, super power includes other fields as well. I suppose Russia is a super power only in military sense but no in other fields. Soviet was a superpower.
Russia is a major power or a great power.
Counted in what, Liz, western created faux measurements of GDP, CPI and other such mark-to-fantasy fabricable nonsense? If you instead compare the amount of natural resources and the subsequent sustainability potential, not many others beside Russia and Canada deserve to be called superpowers.
Also, Russia has always been the leading world power in all major fields of natural science. Even today, the USA couldn’t be able to launch a single satellite into space without Russian rockets; and don’t forget the superiority in developing revolutionary military technology (S-400/500, SU-35, Iskander etc).
The West is a dying plutocratic empire, but unlike other such historic occurrences, this time the collapse will come swiftly because of the fiat-based financial system. Do you know which countries are stockpiling gold in preparation for this?
Of course if you change the definition anyone can be a super power, but we are using the same metrics that counted USA and USSR as super powers.
Yea,yea, we have all heard that the west is dying and that USA will collapse any moment, hasnt happen yet has it? Will it ever happen? Who knows, but until then..
Then it is the US that has changed the definition nowadays. They count negatives as positives when it comes to GDP.
The real issue is being a world leader in important fields. Pick a dozen or so and see where Russia stands. Robotics, medical sciences, aerospace, electronics, nuclear, automotive, agricultural, oil, materials science, and so on. Russia may be a serious player, but seems to be seriously lacking in some key fields, at least as far as production goes, and the whole economy and financial system seem to be overly based on the West.
Tell the bottom 3/4 of the population who have seen a collapse of their quality of life, income, jobs, security, infrastructure etc… Someone forgot to tell they are super powerful. In terms of income, currency amount does not say anything, incomes keep dropping, and number of hours worked to keep a roof overhead keeps increasing to 3rd world levels.Compare savings as a percentage of a year’s income or net worth and the US is lower than Russia by roughly $9,000 per family. Median family net worth in the US is $38k and Australia is $188k. So they must be a super power. How about ranking by education…sorry, the US has a lower rate of high school graduation than Russia has for university graduation.
Make up any definition you want, just define the terms with each usage because you have to be selective to claim the US is super in anything other than the number of countries it occupies with military force, 150, or the number of wars started per year…
In 60 years the trillion dollars a year in military spending has resulted in 100 wars and name one they the US won. The US certainly spends the most but if a ragged band of 20,000 irregulars with no advanced equipment, no comm except cell phone, no air power, no navy, no spy satellites, only a few Toyota pickup truck fought the US Army and 1/2 of NATO to a draw lasting over a decade in Iraq, a country that did nothing to the US. Is that your definition of a superpower. Super spender maybe. A country that can’t feed its own people or where over 100,000 men women and children had to sleep on the street every night, and need to use the street as their toilet is not my idea of a super country.
America is a Superpower based on delusional thinking. American’s are a Superpower when it comes to consumer credit card debt and the illusion of prosperity. America is a Superpower when measured by how open its treasury is to special interest groups. America is a Superpower when measured by the number of people who lose their homes. America is Superpower when measured by monetary policies specifically designed to reduce the earning power of its working class through inflation. America is a Superpower when comparing legal frameworks the protect the banking class. American is a Superpower when measured by moral degeneracy. America is a Superpower when measuring economic corruption vis a vis the DOD budget. America is a Superpower when measure by incompetence of diplomatic corps. America is the absolute Superpower when measuring the the difference between its words and its deeds.
Well said Anonymous!
Since the GFC the Western Central Banks have been increasing their stockpiles of gold (including the US Fed- despite Bernanke’s statement that gold was only held due to “tradition” and had nothing to do with money), reversing previous policies of selling.
It is thought that around 60% of the purchasing that has been occurring since in recent times has been by Russia, China, Turkey and India although there has also been considerable purchasing activity from Jordan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
in the super power’s: some fifty million people survive on (GMO) food stamps. i.e slowly poisoned, their health debased while becoming progressively even more obese.
Russia has bigger and heavier hitting warheads and the Topol flies in an irregular pattern. Much bigger nukes than the US. You forget China which has land launched and submarine launched nukes. The Chinese are an unknown force and they have invested heavily in nuclear warheads and EMP capabilities.
It is suspected that Israel has more warheads than France or the UK.
Giving Peace Very Little Chance
Still looks to me ZATO is hoping against hope that that the reckless megalomaniac Thugtator won’t openly start a major front war/invasion, while they figure out how to take care of 2 other pesky problems burning in the open, first Yemen, then Libya in 2 weeks.
Conveniently, right in the time period the frenchies have announced as the deadline to renew their martial law (supposedly for 3 months only).
Recall that short nearly invisible meeting a few days ago Rome, & the supposed 23 countries onboard this “coalition”.
“The Daesh has lost 40 percent of the territory under its control in Iraq, and 20 percent in Syria in recent months … thanks to the joint commitment and resolve of all of us,” he added at a press conference after the meeting.
“Italy is ready to answer to a request from a new government in Libya on several issues, including security”.
“Yet, the key point is that we need a political process going on, and a unity government with the full endorsement of the Libyan parties in the next two weeks. This is possible, and is what we are all working for,” Gentiloni stressed.
Stage Two of turning Libya into a NATO oil-colony has been decided years ago.
The script goes like this:
The CIA is migrating their Afghani heroin financed mercs, better known is IS, into the region. (Happening since a couple of weeks)
Zionist media (on the behalf of the Libya) cries wolf and requests Italy, Germany, etc. to intervene.
NATO intervention. Followed by NATO puppet government.
But Erdogan never gave up trying to engage Uncle Sam. When he ordered his troops to down the Su-24, it was clear that this was yet another attempt to drag NATO…
Pure fiction Mr. Kadi. Your bete noir Erdogan didn’t even know the Su-24 would be shot down. That’s why he grounded the Turk airforce almost immediately.
Does grounding the Turkish airforce, which could not shoot down this specific Su-24 without assistance from an AWACS, appear to be the reaction of someone in control? Turkey does not have the reqired AWACS btw.
However NATO does have such an AWACS, used to guide an F16 in attack mode and it just happened to be flying when the downing occurred.
Erdogan’s clueless and contradictory initial statements haven’t been forgotten by this reader despite this blatant misrepresentation. Neither has Davotoglu’s jumping up and down insistence he made the order to down the plane, as reported in Sputnik and elsewhere.
Most of your basic facts amount to nothing more than unverifiable nonsense, as any honest commentator must admit. The trail of breadcrumbs, meanwhile, all lead back to AngloZionist H.Q.
Your agenda is unquestionably in line with the Natoist war party and not surprisingly, the treacherous CIA/Muslim Brotherhood.
There are two major themes I’ve noticed recently in ‘alternative’ media:
1. Blame Erdogan for everything; and
2. Alt media is overrun by pro Putin trolls.
Please everyone make note of these often recurring and carefully calibrated talking points, whose interests they serve and who is delivering them.
Turkey had the flight plan for the SU-24, which is why the pro video crew was ready to film the attack before it started. The US has Russia’s sortie plan based on the agreement on conflict prevention. The F-16s were scrambled before the SU-16 was in the area.
But if you noticed the flight path of the F16’s they were hovering around and then made a straight line onto the flight path of the SU24 to end up behind it. Without a radar source to know the position of both and the altitude, they would have missed each other and the F16’s IR based A2A missile is a short range of under 20km.. The time for engagement would be under 5 seconds total. Which is why even Putin wondered if the US was involved as it definitely needed the time and area as well as the current altitude and position. Oh yea, it also needed something else.. called backstabbing because no plane in the sky in a war zone would be flying without counter measures at all. We know no flares or evasive maneuvers were applied and the 2nd SU24 flying behind the 1s one saw the entire action taking place from when the missile was fired.
So yea, the US was directly involved in this. Which is also why nato did not make such a big deal about the RuAF now flying with A2A missiles.. When we say US, it could be one of 50 different units in this conflict all with their own budgets and agendas… The US factor would be the money to pay them would be in US$’s and paid for in some way by US tax payers either by paying taxes or buying drugs.
Excuse me, c/eh, aren’t you skilled enough w words to be able to express a difference of opinion without such insults? The veracity of your argument is not a function of its rudeness, you know.
You are correct, but there is dark force behind all this.
On one hand, Erdogan, although opportunist, dreamer and megalomaniac got puled into direct provocation with Russia. There are indications that there were two AWACS (non-Russian) coordinating the dirty deed.
On the other hand, he definitely tries to protect his family’s dirty business.
I also believe that, $3.5bln he got from Merkel for supposed “refugee problem” was nothing less that payment for the “deed” and compensation for lost oil business.
83 nations against Syria? If that isn’t a typo some serious money and muscle must have been applied to the doubters.
Who has that kind of power other than the dollar dictators?
In this report NATO is given a pass and NATO’s bosses not even an honorable mention.
If Erdogan is a loose cannon on the USS ship of fools why don’t they tie him down? Could it be the captains of war like the chaos and brinkmanship?
You say it’s cat and mouse. Is Turkey the mouse that roared that the US caved in to? Or is Turkey the cat with nine lives that the AZ’s are using as a cat of nine tails?
I can’t play prophet either but I have a little Erdogan in me so I’ll be madman and copy-cat, and beg pardon from tried and true vineyarders.
I know war is a tragedy but a good tragedy sprinkles in a little comedy to make the bitter gall and tears go down.
A good article, BUT..this is problematic:
“This is what he is aiming for. A war of this nature has the potential to develop into a global war and a multitude of regional wars that will not only include the super powers, but also regional powers.”
This MIGHT be the case. But there is no way NATO will follow. NO way. And as you allready said, the Saudis can´t. So who is left? Egypt won´t. Europe fucking hell won´t (and has not the army either). So who will fight for Turkey? No one. AS it should be.
If Erdogan starts a war with Russia, he will be alone. Maybe thats what it takes to remove the mad man. Maybe that´s what other countries bet on, some will i assure you. I do at last, if it takes a regional military conflict (and don´t think Turks are stupid a huge war would destroy them) to remove the Erdogan family, i´m all for it. Unfortunaly, it´s never that easy.
It’s going to be a Libya II invasion by ZATO before Syria, anyway.
According to the carefully prepared news headlines appearing in the Western mainstream media, representatives from Libya’s two rival parliaments – Salah Makhzoum of the General National Congress (GNC) based in Tripoli, and Mohammed Shoaib from the Tobruk-based House of Representatives – announced recently in Tunis they will sign a deal to create a ‘national unity government.’ In other words, the announcement resounds something the West has been trying to achieve in Syria in the name of the so-called “political transition.”
The key question here is if the West is, after all, going to militarily intervene in Libya, why does it need to install a national unity government in the first place? The answer lies in their Syria experience. As opposed to the West’s way of making illegitimate interventions across the world, the Russian military campaign against Islamist forces in Syria is fully legitimate in that it started only after Russia was invited by the Syrian authorities.
Having miserably failed to achieve their cardinal objectives in Syria, the West seems to have learnt a crucial lesson and, as such, is now paving the way for acquiring a legitimate cover for yet another military intervention to place itself there for a longer period of time.
According to some credible sources, once the inclusive government is confirmed, the P3+5 will seek a UN Security Council resolution to authorise intervention in Libya to “train” the local police, army and coastguard.
Point in case: Merkel’s gang has approved of the soon to be launched Libya (and Mali) Bundeswehr interventions in spring of 2015, and again in November 2015.
Thank you for this analysis.
Another alernativ is that Turkey and The US has agreed about the Turkish actions. I think it is more likely.
I assume that he is wrong about the US. Yes this is a Presidential election year in America but the plan to erase Russia began in the British Parliament in 1814 as Russia, with then with two sea ports for the first time in her long history, clearly was in line to get the best pieces of the faltering Ottoman Empire. Pieces poorer Britain coveted.
The USA has become a brittle, rigid superpower, carefully impoverishing the rest of the globe. As well as itself. I think there are enough of the hegemonic obsessed globally to support Erdogan’s dream of another Ottoman Empire. He can always be thrown away later. Which is the long term plan anyway. All Islam is to go as is Orthodox Christianity, reformed Judaism. Any possible dissenting groups to the New World Order. Bush 11 made this into law replacing the US Constitution after set up 9/11. Known one year in advance.
Obama says repeatably ‘if I could run another term the people would vote for me’. State of emergency and all that.!
In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Ghassan Kadi, a Syrian political analyst and expert in Mideast affairs, shared his views on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement, and the role the Muslim Brotherhood is playing in the Syrian civil war, and the prospects of the Russo-Syrian military campaign
“I believe that with the help of Russia, the Syrian Army will be able to restore sovereignty throughout Syria,” Kadi pointed out while answering the question on whether Bashar al-Assad has enough power and political tools to settle the conflict.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160206/1034340831/russian-syrian-army-will-soon-restore-sovereignty-throughout-syria.html#ixzz3zPc690b4
russia should have put feet down with no fly zone for any plane not authorized by the legitimate assad govt. in syria.
it is russian fault in shwoing so much accomodation and letting the trouble fester.
bTW.turkey is doing what the anglos west is asking her to do. the syrian war was plotted by the english in 2009 as told by ex french foreign minster.
and there is a long history of collaboration of english with the turks agasint the chrisitan europe.
the queen of pirates the elizabeth 2 alinged with the turks agasint the christain europe.
the english agasin plotted with turks agasint russians in crimea war.
british created taliban in 80s and ISIS in 2013 to creat havoc and chaos in targetted countries.
british have sponsored chechan terrorists in and out of russia.
so this close collboration of british controlled nato with turks is a well planned plot for chaos and to keep russia occupied .
The solution is very simple:
The moment Turkish troops invade Syria, Russia and Iran terminate Turkey’s gas supplies…
There is no way Turkey can replace the 59% gas supplies from Russia and 19% from Iran – for a total of of 78% – in less than 2 years, so the gas deprived population and gas dependent industries will rise against the Ottoman Hitler and remove him…
I’m from Russia. Good text. Thanks author. One paragraph only unclear: “If a limited conflict develops between Turkey and Russia, NATO will probably weigh in …” – where it leads? Total war?
The above article by Ghassan Kadi has been translated into Russian: it appeared on 8 February 2016 on http://polismi.ru/politika/geografiya-i-politesy/1325-apogej-krizisa-v-sirii.html under the title “Апогей кризиса в Сирии” (Apogee of the crisis in Syria) , and on 9 February 2016 on http://www.warandpeace.ru/ru/commentaries/view/109091/ .
The SU-24 downing was triangulated by two AWACS and the UK’s base on Cyprus.
Alas NATO (with reservation for Athens) uses Ankara to bait Moscow into WWIII.
NATO is now considering becoming a member of the Coalition. How is that possible. These f***ers are nuts