Comprehensive report on Syria

Image: Detail of photo of Russian SU-24 fighter in flames. Photo nextinform.com via www.vesti.ru.

Turkey's double dealing has fed hundreds of millions of $

into coffers of terrorists by truck pipeline from Syria/Iraq

On Turkey's shooting down of the Russian plane:

Former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, told Fox News: “This airplane was not making any maneuvers to attack the territory...it was probably pressing the limits, that's fair. But you don't shoot 'em down just because of that.”

“I don’t really trust President Erdogan in what he is doing,” he added. “I think it was an overly aggressive maneuver and at NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense] command region we would not use this kind of rules of engagement. That had to be preplanned.”

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Russia says Turkey 'shot down plane for IS oil'

Turkey yields and provides honour guard

of Russia pilot on way home through Turkey

Image: Detail of photo of the body of the pilot killed in the incident, Lt Col Oleg Peshkov, arrived back in Russia on Monday. AFP via BBC.

BBC News
 
30 November 2015 - Russia has accused Turkey of shooting down its warplane near the border with Syria in order to protect its oil trade with the Islamic State (IS) group.
Speaking at international talks on climate change in Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the downing of the plane a "huge mistake".
 
Turkey has denied any ties to IS and is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the militant group.
 
The Turkish government has refused to apologise for the incident. (More)
 

03 December 2015

Russia provides proof of ISIS truck pipeline to Turkey

Meanwhile Russian bombs destroy over 1,000 such trucks

What will be the reaction of Ankara’s Western allies following Moscow’s revelations that Turkey is involved in ISIS oil smuggling, RT asked experts.

The evidence presented by the Russian Defense Ministry will be “partly ignored and distorted” by Western MSM, says Foreign Affairs Editor Srdja Trifkovic.

“I think that Erdogan will scream ‘blue murder’ and claim that this is all a set-up and a reaction to what he calls ‘justified downing of the Russian plane’. The real issue is what the US will do about this. Because it is quite obvious the Turkish tail has been wagging the American dog for far too long,” he said.

“My hunch is that the US will continue to be reluctant to really do something about it. They have had a chance to do so for 15 months prior to the beginning of the Russian air strikes on September, 25. The question of all questions is whether Erdogan will finally be pressed by his Western partners to shape up and to act like a civilized person, which unfortunately he is not,” Trifkovic told RT. (More)


‘Oxygen for jihadists’: ISIS-smuggled oil flows

through Turkey to intl markets – Iraqi MP

Image: ‘Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey becomes priority target of anti- #ISIS strikes http://on.rt.com/6xoz  via RT Twitter.

29 November 2015 — Terrorist group Islamic State earns millions of dollars selling oil on the black market in Turkey, Iraqi MP and former national security adviser, Mowaffak al Rubaie told RT. He also revealed that wounded terrorists are being treated in Turkish hospitals.

“In the last eight months ISIS has managed to sell ... $800 million dollars worth of oil on the black market of Turkey. This is Iraqi oil and Syrian oil, carried by trucks from Iraq, from Syria through the borders to Turkey and sold ...[at] less than 50 percent of the international oil price,” Mowaffak al Rubaie said in an interview with RT. (More)

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Turkey arrests editors over reports

Ankara supplied weapons to Syrian fighters

Image: Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, second right, and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara representative, second left, speak to the media outside a courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey Photo: AP, via Telegraph.co.uk.

The journalists were arrested, accused of assisting a terrorist organisation because of footage published apparently showing the state intelligence agency sending weapons into Syria

By Raziye Akkoc
Telegraph.co.uk
 
26 November 2015 —  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.
 
Such charges could see the men face life imprisonment. (More)

‘Commercial scale’ oil smuggling into Turkey now

priority target of Russian/France anti-ISIS strikes

 27 November 2015

RT

Islamic State’s daring and impudent oil smuggling into Turkey should become a high-priority target in order to cripple the terrorist group, President Putin said, backed by French President Francois Hollande. Both agree that the source of terrorist financing must be hit first and foremost.

Commercial-scale oil smuggling from Islamic State controlled territory into Turkey must be stopped, Putin said after meeting Hollande in Moscow.

“Vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon,” said Putin, reminding the press that the scale of the issue was discussed at the G20 summit in Antalya earlier this month, where the Russian leader demonstrated reconnaissance footage taken by Russian pilots. (More)


Backgrounder

We created Islamic extremism: Those blaming Islam for

ISIS would have supported Osama bin Laden in the ’80s

Image: Photo of President Ronald Reagan meeting with members of Afghan Mujahideen in 1983 in the Oval Office. Photo: US government, via Slate.com.

Jingoists conveniently forget the West's Cold War strategy was to arm

the Islamic extremists that became al-Qaida

By Ben Norton
Salon

17 November 2015 — History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.

In order to understand the rise of militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida; in order to wrap our minds around their heinous, abominable attacks on civilians in the U.S., France, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, Yemen, Afghanistan and many, many more countries, we must rekindle this historical memory.

Where did violent Islamic extremism come from? In the wake of the horrific Paris attacks on Friday, November the 13, this is the question no one is asking — yet it is the most important one of all. If one doesn’t know why a problem emerged, if one cannot find its root, one will never be able to solve and uproot it.

Where did militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida come from? The answer is not as complicated as many make it out to be. (More)
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