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Russia Deploys Warship Off Syrian Coast To "Destroy Any Threats To Russian Planes" | Zero Hedge

Russia Deploys Warship Off Syrian Coast To "Destroy Any Threats To Russian Planes" | Zero Hedge | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Despite demands from France's Hollande, America's Obama, and NATO's Stoltenberg that this situation not esclate, it appears Putin is not taking the shooting down of a fighter jet lying down. The seemingly cagey confirmation by NATO and Obama of Turkey's claims that Russia invaded its airspace has been rebuked by Russia which claims the Hmeimim airbase radar shows the attacking Turkish plane violating Syrian airspace. In response, Russia is moving a Cruiser 'Moskva' off the coast to strengthen air-defenses - just as French and US carriers are on their way.
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Pepe Escobar: A guerra do sultão Erdogan... contra a Rússia

Pepe Escobar: A guerra do sultão Erdogan... contra a Rússia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A Turquia não passa de estado-vassalo, braço oriental da OTAN, que por sua vez é o braço europeu do Pentágono. O Pentágono até já negou tudo – negativa que, considerando o seu currículo de fracassos estratégicos espetaculares, não pode ser aceito pelo que parece ser. Muito plausivelmente, pode ter sido disputa por poder entre os generais neoconservadores que comandam o Pentágono, aliados ao governo Obama infestado de neoconservadores.

 

O cenário privilegiado contudo é de uma Turquia-vassala liderada pelo Sultão Erdogan, que arrisca tudo numa missão suicida, movida por seu próprio total atual desespero.

 

Aqui, agora, o raciocínio pervertido de Erdogan, resumido num parágrafo. A tragédia de Paris foi golpe terrível. A França começou a discutir uma cooperação militar mais estreita, não dentro da OTAN, mas com a Rússia. O objetivo nunca confessado de Washington sempre foi pôr a OTAN dentro da Síria. Metendo a Turquia/OTAN atropeladamente dentro da Síria; atacando a Rússia e provocando resposta duríssima da Rússia, Erdogan tenta atrair a OTAN para dentro da Síria sob o pretexto (art. 5º) de defender a Turquia.
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Turkish intelligence chief: ISIS is a reality and we must stop Putin from crushing the Islamic revolution (Updated)

Turkish intelligence chief: ISIS is a reality and we must stop Putin from crushing the Islamic revolution (Updated) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Turkish intelligence chief: Putin's intervention in Syria is against Islam and international law, ISIS is a reality and we are optimistic about the future


Ankara--- Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, known by the MİT acronym, has drawn a lot of attention and criticism for his controversial comments about ISIS.

Mr. Hakan Fidan, Turkish President's staunchest ally, condemned Russian military intervention in Syria, accusing Moscow of trying to 'smother' Syria's Islamist revolution and serious breach of United Nations law.

“ISIS is a reality and we have to accept that we cannot eradicate a well-organized and popular establishment such as the Islamic State; therefore I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset about Islamic political currents, put aside their cynical mentalité and thwart Vladimir Putin's plans to crush Syrian Islamist revolutionaries,” - Anadolu News Agency quoted Mr. Fidan as saying on Sunday.

Fidan further added that in order to deal with the vast number of foreign Jihadists craving to travel to Syria, it is imperative that ISIS must set up a consulate or at least a political office in Istanbul. He underlined that it is Turkey’s firm belief to provide medical care for all injured people fleeing Russian ruthless airstrikes regardless of their political or religious affiliation.

Recently as the fierce clashes between Russian army and ISIS terrorists are raging across the war-torn Syria, countless number of ISIS injured fighters enter the Turkish territory and are being admitted in the military hospitals namely those in Hatay Province. Over the last few days, the Syrian army with the support of Russian air cover could fend off ISIS forces in strategic provinces of Homs and Hama.

Emile Hokayem, a Washington-based Middle East analyst said that Turkey's Erdoğan and his oil-rich Arab allies have dual agendas in the war on terror and as a matter of fact they are supplying the Islamist militants with weapons and money, thus Russian intervention is considered a devastating setback for their efforts to overthrow Syrian secular President Assad.

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Turkey Brings NATO to the Precipice of War With Russia - Like EU be nursery #VivaRussia

Turkey Brings NATO to the Precipice of War With Russia - Like EU be nursery #VivaRussia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Following today’s news that Turkey has shot a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft out of the sky, NATO ministers, former and current US government officials, and the wondrously pliable American punditocracy immediately began circling the wagons, pointing the finger of blame for the incident at R...
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US-Turkey “Buffer Zone” to Save ISIS, Not Stop Them | New Eastern Outlook

US-Turkey “Buffer Zone” to Save ISIS, Not Stop Them | New Eastern Outlook | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russia’s intervention in Syria has derailed US regime-change efforts aimed at Damascus. It also threatens America’s secondary objective of dividing and destroying Syria as a functioning, unified nation-state. Long sought after “buffer zones” also…
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LOL Same PUT MEXICANS IN WHITE HOUSE & SENATE NOW »» John Bolton: To Defeat ISIS, Create a Sunni State

LOL Same PUT MEXICANS IN WHITE HOUSE & SENATE NOW »» John Bolton: To Defeat ISIS, Create a Sunni State | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Putting Syria and Iraq back together will serve only the interests of Moscow and Tehran.
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US-backed forces have right to self-defense, but others do not - State Department

US-backed forces have right to self-defense, but others do not - State Department | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Turkey and the rebels it backs northern Syria had the right to defend themselves against Russian airstrikes, State Department spokesman told reporters. The rebels reportedly killed one Russian pilot who ejected from the jet hit by a Turkish missile.
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Obama, Hollande call on Turkey and Russia to prevent escalation after jet downing

Obama, Hollande call on Turkey and Russia to prevent escalation after jet downing | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
France and the US called on Turkey and Russia to avoid escalation following the downing of the Russian bomber by Turkey on Tuesday. All countries should work together against ISIS, Presidents Obama and Hollande said, following a meeting in Washington.
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5UjuAnachebe's curator insight, December 10, 2015 9:48 PM

Obama and French President Hollande, met to call on Turkey and Russia to prevent anything worse from happening after the jet downing. In this article, Obama played the role of Chief Diplomat. He talked to the Russian and Turkey leaders to insure that no other incidents occur and to work against ISIS. I did not realize that there was a jet downing of a Russian bomber by Turkey. Obama believes that all countries should work together to put an end to ISIS. I agree with Obama advising Russia and Turkey. It would be difficult to put anend to ISIS if countries are battling against each other instead of becoming one force to end ISIS.

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Francisca Van Dunem, a primeira mulher negra a chegar a ministra

Francisca Van Dunem, a primeira mulher negra a chegar a ministra | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Procuradora há mais de 30 anos, conhece a Justiça como poucos no país. Os seus pares elogiam-lhe o profissionalismo e a honestidade.
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Moon of Alabama: As duas versões do incidente do avião em Latakia #Russia #Turquia

Moon of Alabama: As duas versões do incidente do avião em Latakia #Russia #Turquia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Turquia diz que dois de seus jatos F-16 derrubaram um jato que havia entrado no espaço aéreo da Turquia e caiu em solo sírio:

"Dois F-16 turcos derrubaram um jato SU-24 de fabricação russa dia 24 de novembro próximo à fronteira síria, depois de o avião russo ter violado o espaço aéreo da Turquia, informaram fontes da presidência.


A Turquia derrubou o avião depois de não ter obtido qualquer resposta aos avisos sobre as regras de engajamento.

Primeiras notícias dizem que o jato pertencia à Rússia, mas fontes da presidência da Turquia informaram que a nacionalidade do jato é desconhecida.

A Força Armada Turca também declarou que o jato "de nacionalidade desconhecida" havia sido alertado dez vezes, em cinco minutos, de que estava violando a fronteira.

Uma autoridade do governo turco disse à [agência de notícias] Reuters que dois aviões de guerra aproximaram-se da fronteira turca e foram alertados, antes de um deles ser abatido.

O jato derrubado é um SU-24 russo. Um piloto foi morto e o corpo está em poder dos 'rebeldes'. Em vídeo filmado que mostra o piloto morto, os 'rebeldes" se apresentam como "mujahidin". Uma das imagens mostra o corpo com dois ferimentos de bala no peito, sugerindo que tenha sido executado (ilegalmente). Fonte entre os 'rebeldes' diz que o piloto teria sido morto enquanto descia de paraquedas, do avião em chamas. Nos termos da Convenção de Genebra é crime de guerra.
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Monitor on Massacre Marketing: FSA-ISIS Teamwork in the Latakia Massacres? #FSA #ISIS #Nusra

Monitor on Massacre Marketing: FSA-ISIS Teamwork in the Latakia Massacres? #FSA #ISIS #Nusra | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Note, Nov. 12: With life pressures, a bit of burn-out and distractions, I haven't been able to sort out all the complex information that belongs here, let alone tackle other pending subject). At the moment I'm re-working much of it, mainly the core part of FSA brigades involved in the operation, with plans to re-write this and maybe split off some parts.
Nov. 22 - making progress.

Intro 1 (will move/change - skip it)
With Syria's ruling government long ago deemed illegitimate and unacceptable, those competing to fill the supposed vacuum include the FSA (Free Syrian Army), largely mythical but "moderate," except parts of disputed size that are kind of Islamist. On another end of the opposition spectrum is the ridiculously barbaric Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL or, hereafter, the Arabic acronym/slur "Daesh"). In the north there are the Kurds, who have been persuaded to be largely anti-government, but in the rest of Syria, the space between Daesh and FSA is filled by a gaggle of hard-to-decipher Jihadist groups, topped with Jabhat al-Nusra, the official branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria - who like the FSA and the rest appear to many as relatively moderate - compared to Daesh.

Recently there's been much protest at how Russian bombs are being aimed at anti-government fighters we often learn with shock are not members of Daesh. The targets are said by the West to be CIA-backed "moderate" rebels the Russians still call terrorists, and activists say they're mainly hitting civilian targets anyway, which the same West condemns. And now that Daesh/Islamic State in Sinai is (possibly) punishing Russian air travelers for Moscow's intervention.

It seems confusing, as the West claims to be targeting them more seriously than Russia and yet ... not suffering terrorist reprisals like airliners shot down... but Daesh and the West agree on regime change, which the Russian air campaign is the biggest threat to. And so the Islamic State, if it launched any such attack on Russia, would be protecting the same project launched by the West and its regional allies in 2011.

It seems we could use a more careful consideration, by minds on all sides of this debate, of the differences, the similarities, and the relationship between these groups, the opportunity provided to all of them by the regime change campaign, and the growing cost to humanity inside and outside the targeted area of that ongoing campaign.

Intro 2
My main contribution at the moment is to review a chillingly relevant case, not quite ignored but strangely muted: the early August, 2013 cluster of massacres around Sheikh Nabhan mountain in Latakia province. It's not a recent case, but relevant. Probably over 200 non-combatants were killed, mainly on August 4, in the worst-yet accepted rebel massacre of civilians of the Alawi (Alawite) faith of President Assad. I and others covered it at the time on this page at A Closer Look On Syria (and more on the talk page). Most readers could use at least a refresher on this incident before we examine just who the "rebels" were in this case.But that's been moved to its own post (also linked at the top). Please check that if you're not familiar with the horror of what we're dealing with hee.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, issued in October, dedicated to blaming Islamist rebel factions for "War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity," based on the available evidence. It will be heavily cited from here on, and is available here:

"You can still see their blood" - Executions, indiscriminate shooting, and hostage taking by opposition forces in Latakia countryside. PDF, 113 pages. Researched and written by Lama Fakih, Human Rights Watch, October 11, 2013. Read or download page
(note: the endnotes don't seem to work, on my end anyway)


Involved: Non-FSA Islamists
HRW List: Five Jihadist Groups
Human Rights Watch's October Report dealt in some detail and nearly half their report with which groups were involved, from fighting to funding. Christof Lehman for one finds serious shortcomings in the report, mainly in the area of external support, focusing on disposable "small fish" and not big backers, especially Western-allied state backers. And the report may go soft on the Western-backed FSA and other Western-backed groups. We'll come back to that. Nonetheless, it seems accurate and useful in what it does mention.

The HRW investigation "found that at least 20 distinct armed opposition groups participated in the operation." It wasn't clear who all was present on the 4th when the worst massacres happened, but they identified five groups "who were the key fundraisers, organizers, planners, and executors of the attacks" and "were clearly present from the outset..." Two of these are the well-known #3 Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra or Victory Front) and #2 Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (herein Daesh) These should need no introduction, but the other three are:
(see here for more details on each group)
1) Ahrar al-Sham -Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya (Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant") A coalition of Islamist brigades that "cooperates with the Free Syrian Army and other secular rebel groups; however, it does not maintain ties with the Syrian National Council." In October 2013 their political office was in the ISIS capitol of Raqqah, suggesting teamwork then at least (Reuters, Oct. 11). HRW heard that Ahrar al-Sham "assumed responsibility for the hostages taken during the offensive," "announced on its website that it had participated in a coordinated operation to “liberate” four villages," (Isterbeh, Nabata(misspelled), Hamboushia, Abu Makka) and posted video of them breaking into homes in a fifth (Balouta).
4) Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar -(Army of Emigrants and Supporters), briefly affiliated with Daesh but "after changes in leadership it took an increasingly hostile stance against it." In September 2015, JMA joined with JaN. JMA-Daesh confusion - formally allied at the time: SOHR Facebook post "Confirmed reports that a Libyan Emir of the ISIS was killed by the al-Hamboshiya clashes ..." Others report the same as "a Libyan kidnapper named Abu Suhaib Alleebi, Emir of the Mujahadeen Brigade."

5) Suquor al-Izz - Wikipedia as Suqour al-Ezz - - (Arabic: كتيبة صقور العز‎) - primarily Saudi jihadists - initially cooperated with both Daesh and Nusra, rejected the former and merged into Nusra in January, 2014.HRW adds: "Sheikh Saqr, the leader of Suquor al-Izz, seems to identify himself on what is believed to be his Twitter account as the person responsible for the finances for the operation and that Abu Taha from Ahrar al-Sham was his deputy in this regard. The operation was reportedly largely financed by private Gulf based donors."

The other groups with evidence of involvement in the fighting in the relevant areas, and maybe but not clearly involved in planning or executing the massacres.
(again, see here for more details on each group)
6) ...

Implicated by Graffiti
HRW cited some clues in the scrawls left behind, presumably, by the killers. Of course this isn't the strongest clue, as anyone could write anyone else's name to make them look bad. We saw this in Libya already, rebel-found massacre sites covered with pro-Gaddafi slogans. But in this case, all other evidence tends to point to the same people.

As cited above, "heroes of Khirbet al-Jawz" were aiming for "the genocide of the Alawites" per one message. Another tag shown in a photo says “Oussama Bin Zeid Battalion.” Another photo: "“Thuwar al-Haffeh passed through here, there is no God but God.” (Hiffeh is a nearby city and this general area. Thuwar = Islamic "revolutionaries") (to do: search these groups) One message written on a vacated house says "The Free Syrian Army passed through here.”Just where and when are not clear.

Al-Mayadeen's documentary, as transcribed, describes the scene as they entered Balouta: "Various banners and scrawled messages are around indicating which gangs of terrorists were in this village. ... “Jabhat al Nusra”, “Dawat al Islam”, “Katibet Soukour al-Iz”, “The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham” and “Haraqat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyyah” .... More foodstuffs are found. The packaging is written in Turkish." (to do: search Dawat al-Islam - the rest are covered by HRW)

I have my own video stills - one from Kharata, the other maybe also (need to check) showing readable rebel graffiti, sharpened up to more readable. I don't have a full translation yet. I couldn't make out much past "Allahu Akbar." Petri got a half-usable translation from his network, which I verified, even correcting one part (see here) into the following best reading (may change).

1) seen in Kharata, pop. 37 (which, by the way, I corrected HRW's placement on by studying the videos from there. My map above shows it where it is.) (source video 0:50, at "checkpoint" on road into town):
Top, easy: Allah Akbar
الله أكبر
Line 2 first half: first brigade
اللواء الأول
Line 2, second half: an unclear symbol, then "western front"
الجبهة الغربية
line 3 "belonging to Authenticity and Development Front." (or Front for... FAD)
التابع لجبهة الأصالة والتنمية
As that link, to the ACLOS discussion/investigation shows, FAD is a U.S.-backed, "moderate Islamist" force, using FSA colors and cooperating with them, but not a part of FSA or answerable to the "moderate" SNC. They get funding from Saudi Arabia. They keep a fairly low profile, but with controlled territory, if limited (sectors of Aleppo, Deraa, Douma, decreasing from there, with no swathes of land). "Western front" suggests this is past their usual turf, as almost anything would be - perhaps a unit invented just for this for this joint foray.

The graffiti was seen in a video of theirs, on the wall of a checkpoint at the entrance to the village. This suggests they were in charge of that town. Reports are not clear how many civilians were killed here - some don't mention fatalities there (HRW's report doesn't), some say only 10 survived, the other 27 killed. The FAD is reasonably implicated in the massacre.

2) moved to intro post ...

Involved: FSA "Protectors"?

Claiming to be There, Accused of Trying Not to Be
Human Rights Watch's five groups clearly implicated in the rampage of August 4 does not include any FSA brigades, but at least one network they cooperate with (Ahrar al-Sham), besides FAD, and the four others they may have worked with in the only case we're talking about at the moment. An "opposition activist" who says he witnessed the operations who spoke to HRW "said that (the FSA's) participation did not begin until after August 4 and that it was limited." Otherwise, here's how the report handled possible FSA involvement:

In the case of the other groups who participated in the operation, the extent of their involvement in fundraising, planning, and leading it, and direct participation in abuses is not clear. It is also unclear whether their fighters were present and involved in the operation on August 4, the date when Human Rights Watch believes the abuses took place.

One of these groups is the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army which is led by Salim Idriss, the Chief of Staff. Several statements from Idriss, days after the beginning of the operation, indicate that fighters under his command were participating in it days after August 4.
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Lavrov says Russians should refrain from visiting Turkey

Lavrov says Russians should refrain from visiting Turkey | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
"According to our estimations, the threat is no less than in Egypt," Lavrov warns
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GETTING HOT: Russian Copter Downed by Syrian Fighters (Video)

GETTING HOT: Russian Copter Downed by Syrian Fighters (Video) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Reuters is reporting that now a Russian military helicopter is down, apparently by a group fighting the Syrian government in Syria:BEIRUT - Syrian fighters fired at a Russian helicopter forcing it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area in Syria's Latakia province on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.A Syrian insurgent group, recipient of U.S. Tow missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile.
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Blog do Alok: Moon of Alabama profético: Neobarulheira de EUA-Turquia a favor de guerra aberta à Síria

Blog do Alok: Moon of Alabama profético: Neobarulheira de EUA-Turquia a favor de guerra aberta à Síria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

A mídia-empresa norte-americana, especialmente as empresas de TV a cabo, parecem dedicadas a criar histeria totalem torno do Estado Islâmico e de muçulmanos em geral. Suponho que, agora, o 'noticiário' visa a preparar a 'opinião pública' nos EUA para guerra declarada contra a Síria.

 
O modo como operam tem lógica própria. Tom Toles, do Washington Post captou aí o movimento de vai e vem do facão. É exatamente como o envolvimento dos EUA na Síria desenrolou-se até agora.
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Lavrov: Downing Russian Su-24 looks like planned provocation, well-prepared ambush

The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate...
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SPOT ON »»» Downing of Russian Su-24 looks like a planned provocation - Lavrov

SPOT ON »»» Downing of Russian Su-24 looks like a planned provocation - Lavrov | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The downing of a Russian warplane in Syria by Turkey appears to be a pre-planned provocation, the Russian Foreign Minister said. Ankara failed to communicate with Russia over the incident, he added.
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Libye: le retour de la Jamihirya (also English Translation on Scoopit post )

Libye: le retour de la Jamihirya (also English Translation on Scoopit post ) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Dans une Libye livrée au chaos et à la guerre civile, une chaîne émettant sur le satellite Nilesat annonce le retour des symboles de la Jamihirya (Etat des masses) de l'ex-homme fort du pays, le co...
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Libya: The Return of Jamahiriya
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"In Libya plunged into chaos and civil war, a channel broadcasting on satellite Nilesat announces the return of the symbols of Jamahiriya (state of the masses) of the former country's strongman, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who was murdered in October 2011 by the NATO forces.

AKH TV, formerly known under the acronym of TV Green (Green TV in allusion to the old flag of Libya until 2011) and before the 2011 war Al-Jamahiriya TV, has studios in Libya and transmits on Nilesat (7 degrees West), 10815 frequency.

The channel broadcasts programs where the two rival Libyan governments in open war, are qualified usurpers supported either by "February terrorists" (referring to the insurgents of February 17, 2011, the start of the war in Libya) or by ISIS terrorists. The former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is no exception. He is routinely labeled a terrorist ally of the forces of evil and destruction.

The return of this channel is nothing trivial. When the Libyan government based in Tobruk announces to the world that more than ISIS 5000 fighters are in Libya and that the parent organization in Iraq-Syria ordered all ISIS fighters in the Levant to withdraw to Libya in order to avoid the Russian steamroller, former supporters of the old regime assemble their forces, aided by a vast feeling of sympathy in large tribes.

Many Libyan regret the old regime and the Libyan official delegations did not hesitate to fly the green flag, putting in trouble a neighboring host countries.

It is emphasized that the long besieged city of Bani Walid in Libya is still under the government of the former regime, wearing the green flags and defended by a military force that could defeat several offensives by the rival city of Misrata."

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12 killed in suspected suicide bomb attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus

12 killed in suspected suicide bomb attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Tunisia has declared a 30-day state of emergency and introduced a curfew after a suspected suicide bomb attack on a bus carrying presidential guard staff left at least a dozen people dead.
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Chicago police release video showing officer shooting 17yo black teen, protests erupt

Chicago police release video showing officer shooting 17yo black teen, protests erupt | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Chicago Police Department has released video footage of the officer-involved shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was struck 16 times during a confrontation with officers.
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Did My Back Hurt Your Knife?

Did My Back Hurt Your Knife? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
While Russia is fighting ISIL in Syria, Turkey is fighting... Russia? The Russian Su-24 military aircraft that crashed in Syria earlier in the day was downed by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish plane, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, describing the incident as a "stab in the back."
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Germany Condemns Ukraine's Blackout of Crimea as Criminal

Germany Condemns Ukraine's Blackout of Crimea as Criminal | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Germany's foreign ministry said that it considers the blackout of Crimea by extremist groups a criminal act.
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M of A - The Two Versions Of The Latakia Plane Incident #Russia #Turkey

M of A - The Two Versions Of The Latakia Plane Incident #Russia #Turkey | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Turkey says two of its F-16 fighters shot down a jet that had crossed into Turkey and then crashed in Syria:

Two Turkish F-16's shot down a Russian-made SU-24 jet on Nov. 24 near the Syrian border after it violated Turkish airspace, presidential sources said.

Turkey shot down the jet after it failed to heed the warnings within the rules of engagement.

Initial reports said the jet belonged to Russia, but presidential sources later clarified that the jet's nationality was unknown.

The Turkish Armed Force also stated that the jet of “unknown nationality” had been warned 10 times in five minutes about its violation of the border.

Meanwhile, a Turkish official told Reuters that two warplanes approached Turkish border and were warned before one of them was shot down.

The jet was Russian SU-24. One pilot was killed and the body is in the hands of "rebels". At the of a video the "rebels" made of the dead pilot they call themselves "mujahideen". One picture shows the body with two bullet holes in the chests suggesting that he was illegally executed. A rebel source claims that he was shot while parachuting from the burning plane. That is a war crime under the Geneva Convention. A second pilot was probably wounded but was said to have landed somewhere in Syrian army covered territory. The search for him is ongoing.

Russia's official version of the incident is remarkably different from Turkey's:

Today an aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed on the territory of Syria supposedly shot down from the ground.

The aircraft was flying at the altitude of 6 000 metres. The status of the Russian pilots is being defined.

According to the preliminary data, the pilots managed to eject from the warplane.

The circumstances of the crash are being defined.

During all the flight time, the aircraft was flying only within the borders of the Syrian territory. That was registered by objective monitoring data.

The Russian version leaves it open who shot the plane down. Is that meant to deescalate?

Turkey claims that the red line here shows the flightpath of the Russian plane.
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“DAESH has a mother- Iraq war, and a father- Saudi Arabia” NYT brutal Op-ed on ISIS

Black Daesh slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands. But White Daesh is better dressed and neat-but does many of the same things. A New York Times op-ed...
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PressTV-‘Turkey’s downing of Russia jet serves US’

PressTV-‘Turkey’s downing of Russia jet serves US’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The downing of Russian war plane by Turkey was a “very dangerous” escalation likely carried out with the authorization of NATO and Washington.
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Hostages Taken, Shots Fired in Northern France - #ISIS attacks #France Again ...

Hostages Taken, Shots Fired in Northern France -  #ISIS attacks #France Again ... | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A hostage situation has reportedly erupted in the northern French town of Roubaix, close to the Belgian border, with medical services reporting several gunshot wounds.
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