The Pentagon's civilian casualty figure is dwarfed by those of widely cited monitoring groups that tally casualties from the conflict in Syria. They claim that a more accurate count of noncombatant deaths from US-led airstrikes is well into the hundreds.
Israeli planes have reportedly sprayed chemical substances on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing off the crops in the already impoverished Palestinian territory.
Rows of crumbling buildings stretching to the horizon and not a soul in sight, these apocalyptic scenes reveal the shocking legacy of the Syrian war. Once home to spectacular ancient landmarks and a bustling population, the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar now lies in ruins. All that remains are bombed-out homes, decaying concrete and deserted streets as far as the eye can see.
Military sources announced on Monday that the warplane that bombarded the Iraqi army’s military positions in Anbar province on Sunday belonged to Canada’s Air Force.The announcement came after Arab media outlets reported that a fighter jet of the US-led coalition has hit Iraqi forces’ positions again.
The wars stoked up by American and European imperialism in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have contributed to what could possibly be the largest refugee crisis in human history, with the number of people forced to flee their homes “exceeding 60 million for the first time,” the United Nations said last week. Over a million of those refugees sought asylum in Europe, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported Monday.
Workers are set to stage a strike across the occupied territories to demand a rise in pays in a move likely to harm Israel's lumbering economy.The industrial action that is planned for Wednesday would likely see Israel's main airport, seaports, trains, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, offices, hospitals and schools closed. In a bid to prevent the strike, officials from the Israeli Finance Ministry and the Histadrut – the umbrella organization for 700,000 public sector workers – held a meeting, whose outcome is still unclear.
Israeli regime’s military forces have fired artillery into Lebanon, one day after killing a veteran fighter of the Hebzollah resistance movement in Syria.The Israeli military claimed the artillery fire came in response to the firing of three Katyusha rockets from Lebanon earlier on Sunday.
A least 20 Iraqi soldiers have been killed and 30 injured in an airstrike carried out by the US military, Hakim al-Zamili, head of the Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, told Sputnik news agency. However, the Iraqi Army’s Command Centre in Baghdad, the capital, said the air the strike had caused fewer casualties and happened due to miscommunication and bad weather.
President Bashar al-Assad says the conflict in Syria could be over in “less than a year” if foreign support for terrorism ends.“If the responsible countries take actions against the flowing of terrorists (into Syria) and the logistic support, I can guarantee that it will take less than one year.” Assad said the problem is the backing for terrorists operating in Syria continues to make the situation more chaotic and put obstacles in the way of any solution to the crisis.“
Pakistan will participate in a Sunni-only anti-terror coalition led by Saudi Arabia, according to the country’s foreign affairs office. Saudi Arabia announced the creation of an "Islamic coalition against terrorism" on Tuesday. The coalition includes 34 nations from across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and will be coordinated from a command center in Riyadh.
A former chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned about the potential eruption of a third world war as a result of tensions in the Middle East region. Mohsen Rezaei said the region was now “poised for a big explosion rooted in tensions from military incursions that had taken place into regional countries.“The ground may also become prepared for the Third World War.”
Intense air and missile strikes on a school district and other areas in insurgent-held Damascus suburbs killed dozens of people on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unidentified war planes hit the town of Douma, 10 miles northeast of the capital.
The United States has reportedly asked Germany for more military help in the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group. American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sent a letter asking for a bigger military contribution from Germany. The German mission currently includes six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops.
Syrian air defense system shot down an Israeli warplane violating the Arab country’s air space. The Israeli fighter jet was targeted over the city of Al-Quneitra on Friday. Israel regularly violates the Syrian airspace and it launches missile attacks against the Arab country
Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing: Illegal oil revenues are one of the main sources of income for the terrorists in Syria. According to some reports, they make about $2 billion a year on illegal oil trade. Turkey is the main destination for the oil stolen from its legitimate owners, which are Syria and Iraq. Turkey resells this oil, country’s top political leadership involved in the illegal business — President Erdogan and his family.
In the aftermath of Russia's exposure of the illegal oil trade between Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) and Turkey, the US has decided to come up with its own 'revelation': the US Treasury admits that the jihadist group is profiting from oil exports to the tune of as much as $40 mln per month, but claims the terrorist group is selling it to President Assad while neglecting to provide any proof to back up its claim.
Russia’s activities in Syria are an "act of defending Europe; Syrian President Bashar Assad. Recent terrorist attacks in Europe are proof that what is going on in Syria affects Europe as well.
Turkey's Erdogan has become a global danger, as he prefers fighting Kurds and engages in double-dealing with ISIL, according to retired French general and analyst Vincent Desportes.
Jihadists in Syria pose a direct threat to Russia, Putin has told a defense meeting in Moscow, adding that any targets threatening the country's military there should be destroyed. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Islamic State’s influence in Syria continues to expand.
Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures. in 1957 [former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva warned the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday about the threat of "a direct conflict" with Syrian forces or "a miscalculation" with the Russians should the US enforce a safe area in northern Syria.
According to air force spokesman Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub, the Syrian Arab Air Force has destroyed three terrorist command posts operated by Daesh, also known as ISIL/the Islamic State, in areas around Aleppo and Palmyra. Strikes also targeted three columns of vehicles in Homs province, which took out a number of militants and weapons caches.
The US is to send some 10,000 troops to Iraq to provide support for a 90,000-strong force from the Gulf states, a leading Iraqi opposition MP has warned. The politician said the plan was announced to the Iraqi government during a visit by US Senator John McCain.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs General Paul Selva testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the ongoing escalation of US military operations in Iraq and Syria, issued fervent calls for yet another round of sweeping escalations of the US air, ground and special forces operations throughout the Middle East. Proposals to send Apache attack helicopters aimed at retaking the city of Ramadi.
sraeli authorities have stopped the entry of cement into the Gaza Strip, the Anadolu Agency reported the Palestinian Ministry of Economy; 30,000 citizens had applied for cement to build, rebuild or renovate their homes.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN)Vitaly Churkin; “We believe that Turkey has acted recklessly and inexplicably, carrying out additional deployments on the territory of Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi government.”
US invasion and occupation of Iraq made the problem of terrorism worse by creating a new generation of terrorists. Counter-terrorism authorities such as General Stanley McChrystal, General Mike Flynn and George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke say that drone strikes in particular are creating more terrorists than they’re killing.
Minors represent approximately a fifth of the 2,000 Palestinians Israel has detained since the beginning of October. With the surge in arrests, the number of Palestinian children in Israeli detention doubled to 307 at the end of October compared with 155 at the end of August. In order to accommodate the large number of children it is arresting, Israel opened a new wing for Palestinian minors at Givon prison in October.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Ankara gave Moscow ground for war, but Russia has refused to respond 'symmetrically' answering the question on Russian Su-24 downing by Turkish F-16 over Syria. "Naturally, war is the worst option. Turkey violated all international legal standards, they committed an act of aggression against us and gave ground for war. However we decided against a tit-for-tat response."
Ankara carried out airstrikes targeting Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) forces in northern Iraq; Ten F-16 fighter jets launched an attack Tuesday, targeting PKK positions in the Kandil, Hakurk, Zap and Avasin-Baysan regions in northern Iraq. Tensions have been rising between Ankara and Baghdad after Turkey deployed hundreds of troops equipped with tanks and artillery to Iraq last Thursday,
Russian president Putin: “We must analyze everything happening on the battlefield, how the weapons operate. The Kalibrs (sea based cruise missiles) and KH-101 (airborne cruise missile) have proved to be modern and highly effective, and now we know it for sure – precision weapons that can be equipped with both conventional and special warheads, which are nuclear. Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed.”
Turkey has called for the swift implementation of its proposals concerning the ongoing crisis in Syria, among them training and equipping the so-called moderate militants operating against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A string of recent provocations against both Russia and Syria are meant to look like isolated incidents, but in fact constitute incremental “mission creep” into what may become full-scale US intervention in Syria. Attempts to create a “safe zone” in northern Syria or carry out strikes on Syrian military itself were blocked by realities on the ground and the support of Syria’s allies – Russia, China, and Iran.
Russia has, for the first time, targeted Islamic State targets in Syria with Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, according to Russia’s Defense Minister. The 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don; Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued an order for Air Force to be on alert as a deadline to Turkey to pull out its troops from the Arab country approaches. Iraq condemned deployment of the Turkish battalion on its territory Friday, a violation of its national sovereignty. Iraq gave Ankara 48 hours to withdraw its forces or face “all available options.”
Air Force chief of staff General Mark Welsh; Air Force is now "expending munitions faster than we can replenish them." "B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. We need the funding in place to ensure we're prepared for the long fight."
Obama ended his speech with demand Congress take action to formally authorize US military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; would amount to a US declaration of war, similar to resolutions passed by Congress before Bush administration’s invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.
Four US-led coalition warplanes launched nine rockets on one of Syrian Arab Army locations in Dier Al Zour province yesterday, 6th of December 2015. Their attack claimed the lives of at least three Syrian soldiers and injured more than thirteen others in addition to destroying many military vehicles, armored vehicles, machine guns, and other kind of ammunition. The Syrian foreign ministry, considers this to be an aggressive act and an obstruction of the Syrian Arab Army’s efforts in fighting terrorists.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the statement of Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom who had earlier claimed that Israel resorted to unlawful killings of Palestinians involved in the ongoing wave of violence.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has rejected calls to join the US-led war against ISIS by announcing airstrikes against targets inside Syria, saying that more airstrikes would only add to the chaos in the region.
Russia's Defence Ministry "It appears that recent statements of officials of the Pentagon and Department of State remind of the 'theatre of the absurd' based on double standards and quibbling," Konashenkov told a briefing in Moscow. "They either see it or not. They do divide the opposition - either it is moderate or immoderate. Even terrorists they regard as bad and very bad. Russia had repeatedly warned of a danger to ‘flirt’ with terrorists.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has criticized the US for its lack of involvement in the Middle East and said that America "can't sit on the fence with regard to the Middle East and ISIS, "It should lead and be more involved."
Baghdad is demanding the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, deployment "is considered a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty."
Turkey will have a permanent military base in the northern Iraqi region of Bashiqa near the city of Mosul as its military group training local forces in Iraq has been reinforced with additional personnel, Turkey's Hurriyet reports.
On Friday, the Bundestag, the German parliament, voted to participate in the war in Syria by a large majority. The decision to launch a major deployment of the Bundeswehr, with far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, was rushed through parliament in expedited proceedings.
Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East; will see “indirect benefits” from the war in Syria providing “a lift.”
Russian warplanes have destroyed 12 fuel pump stations, 8 oil fields and oil and gas facilities; as well as more than 170 extremist-owned tanker trucks in a week; Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: “Those who believe that economic sanctions against an honorable nation like Turkey can bring it to its knees will be mistaken, insisting once again that Ankara did not know the nationality of the plane it downed.
Several Dutch lawmakers have called on the government of the Netherlands to join the US-led coalition that is involved in a bombing campaign against purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria. The Netherlands deployed four F-16 warplanes to Iraq in October 2014 to bomb what was announced as Daesh targets.
Bilal Erdogan owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.
Friday’s decision by Germany, following those by France and the United Kingdom, to join the air campaign against ISIL in Syria collectively mark the most significant sharing of a burden born principally by the United States since the strikes began.
Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Fallon authorised the first air strikes by RAF squadrons immediately following the vote by the British parliament in favour of bombing Syria.
Turkey has refused US demands to close the part of the border with Syria which is controlled by Daesh (Islamic State) militants, local media reported. Ankara said that it is impossible to close the border and Daesh terrorists may boost their forces in response.
Illegal oil trade by the terrorists was also targeted by the Russian Air Force, with “12 oil pump stations, eight oil fields and refineries, and over 170 oil tanker trucks” being destroyed over the past seven days.
President Vladimir Putin said Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane last month was a war crime, Kremlin would punish Ankara with additional sanctions, retaliatory actions would be neither hysterical nor dangerous. Russia halting talks with Ankara on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline,"We are not planning to engage in military saber-rattling (with Turkey)," if anyone thinks they are going to get away with some measures concerning their tomatoes or limits on construction and other sectors, they are sorely mistaken."
David Cameron announced one billion pounds from UK taxpayers will go to fund the ‘reconstruction’ of Syria after it has been pummeled by British bombs. The lunacy of pledging to rob the public purse to repair the damage Cameron is so hell-bent on creating is breathtaking until you examine who the plan makes sense for: Cameron’s much loved British companies.
Eren Erdem, a lawmaker from the Republican People's Party, Turkey's largest opposition party, revealed he is ready to publicize information next week linking Berat Albayrak, President Erdogan's son-in-law and the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, to the Daesh terrorists oil trade.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) continued her harsh criticisms of the Obama administration's foreign policy, saying actions against the Islamic State group could lead the U.S. into a "devastating nuclear war" with Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin; accusing Ankara of having trade ties with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. “We were prepared to cooperate with Turkey on most sensitive issues and go further than their allies. Allah knows why they did it. Apparently Allah decided to punish the ruling clique in Turkey by taking their sanity.” “We will not forget this aid to terrorists. We have always considered betrayal the worst and most shameful act.
US officials have admitted they held the wrong man at Guantanamo Bay prison for 13 years because his name was similar to that of a high-profile terrorist suspect. The wrongly imprisoned man, Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri, is now getting ready for reintegration into society.
US, British, French, Israeli and other energy interests could be prime beneficiaries of military operations in Iraq and Syria designed to rollback the power of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) and, potentially, the Bashar al-Assad regime. A study for a global oil services company backed by the French government and linked to Britain’s Tory-led administration, published during the height of the Arab Spring, hailed the significant “hydrocarbon potential” of Syria’s offshore resources.
Baghdad will immediately lodge a protest in the UN Security Council if claims that Turkey is involved in oil smuggling with Islamic State terrorists are confirmed, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
Russian Defense Ministry has released evidence which it says unmasks vast illegal oil trade by Islamic State and points to Turkey as the main destination for the smuggled petrol, implicating its leadership in aiding the terrorists. According to Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Russia is aware of three main oil smuggling routes to Turkey. Oil “in large quantities” enters Turkey via “live oil pipelines,” consisting of thousands of oil trucks.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced Tuesday the US plans to deploy a new contingent of Special Forces to Iraq to carry out military operations against ISIS targets throughout the country as well across the border in Syria. The US ground force will include at least 200 commandos, according to an AFP report published late Tuesday.
For his opposition to launching British airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been branded a "terrorist sympathizer" by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The British Parliament on Wednesday will debate then vote on whether the UK joins the U.S., France, and Russia in bombing targets in Syria. The 'Yes' side is expected to prevail.
Putin: "We have every reason to believe that the decision to shoot down our aircraft was based on the wish to ensure the safety of those oil delivery routes to Turkey - right to the ports, from where oil is then loaded into tankers referring to Ankara's alleged cooperation with the Islamic State terrorist group for the purpose of "shadow" supplies of "black gold."
Israeli authorities on Monday confiscated 10 tents donated to Palestinians in the Jordan Valley by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Israeli rights group B'Tselem said. Last Wednesday, Israeli military forces destroyed an access road to the village and destroyed housing, storage facilities, and livestock pens, leaving the families homeless.
The United Nations has censured the bombardment of a water treatment plant in northwestern Syria.
The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the US-led coalition conducting airstrikes against purported positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Syria had bombed the water plant. Reports show the air strikes have repeatedly hit Syrian infrastructure.
The decision by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to allow a free vote on UK participation in bombing missions in Syria is a total capitulation to the right-wing, pro-war forces in his party. Corbyn was elected by a landslide to lead the party based on his declared anti-austerity, anti-war stance.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "We act in Syria from time to time to prevent the emergence of a new front that Iran is trying to create against us in the Golan [Heights]. Of course, we are also working to prevent particularly dangerous weapons from Syria from entering Lebanon and will continue to do so."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the Turkish government of being “secret allies” with ISIS on Friday. Monday, the Russians announced that they would be attempting to seal the border between Syria and Turkey, rushing heavy artillery units into Syria.
The German government says it will join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria, but has ruled out any cooperation with the country’s president Bashar Assad. The plans will see Berlin sending 1,200 personnel to the region, but in an advisory role.
Can Dündar, editor in chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the newspaper’s capital correspondent in Ankara, arrested last week on charges of spying and aiding and abetting terrorists. "The charges center on a Cumhuriyet report in May, including photos and video, suggesting Turkish intelligence was secretly ferrying weapons to extremist Syrian rebels. A court in Istanbul ordered the arrest of three senior army officers, including two generals on charges of espionage and leading a terrorist group involving the search of Turkish intelligence trucks in 2014.
Can you imagine what the United States would do if Turkey – a country that has supported ISIS – shot down an American fighter jet and then executed a U.S. soldier? And then the president of Russia said he supported the jet being shot down and that it was actually America’s fault? And consider that this would follow an American commercial airliner being blown out of the sky by ISIS, killing all 224 passengers aboard. Would it even take more than a few hours for the U.S. to start a massive carpet bombing of Turkey and to say that Russia was supporting terrorism?
"President Obama expressed his regret for the recent loss of a Russian pilot and crew member and reiterated the United States' support for de-escalation between Russia and Turkey. Obama urged Putin to focus Russia's air campaign in Syria against Daesh terrorists and not target Western-backed militants.
The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s conflict, arrival in Yemen of 450 Latin American troops — among them Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers — adds to the chaotic stew of government armies, armed tribes, terrorist networks and Yemeni militias currently at war in the country.
US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham called Sunday for 100,000 foreign soldiers, most from Sunni regional states but also including Americans, to fight the Islamic State group in Syria. Both McCain, the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Graham, one of its members, sharply criticised current US strategy as insufficient and unsuccessful in defeating the jihadists.
Russian Su-34 bombers, additionally equipped with air-to-air missiles, have set out on their first mission in Syria, said Igor Klimov, spokesman for the Russian Air Force.
The T-90 Tank offers the Syrian army several features their T-55 and T-72 models do not, including a 2A46M 125 smoothbore tank gun; a four-stroke V-12 piston engine; and most importantly, the Kontakt-5 ERA (explosive reactive armor). Much of the success the ISIL have experienced in Northern Syria has come from their US manufactured anti-tank TOW missile; however, with the Kontakt-5 ERA, the T-90 Tanks should be strong enough to endure the impact from the TOW missile.
While the United States and Europe argue over how many Syrian refugees to allow in, the richest Persian Gulf states have accepted exactly zero. Amnesty International; The Muslim countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council that include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates refuse to accept any Syrian refugees.
A Russian warplane recently entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told local media. The brief intrusion was resolved quietly, with Yaalon noting “we must not automatically react and shoot them down when an error occurs."
The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism. On Thursday, the federal government agreed to participate in the US-led international military coalition bombing Syrian positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), by deploying six Tornado jets, at least one tanker aircraft, a warship and satellite reconnaissance.
Thousands of people protested in London and around Britain Saturday against Britain joining in bombing attacks on ISIS in Syria. The UK Parliament will vote next week on whether to join with the US and France in launching air strikes on Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron is leading the push for bombing
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced "sadness" on Saturday over the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkish forces. "We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn't happen again, added that both sides should approach the issue in a more positive way, and renewed a call for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The S-400 Triumf (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is an anti-aircraft and anti-missile system, which is capable of intercepting all types of modern air weaponry as well as ballistic and cruise missiles at a maximum range of nearly 250 miles. It has a tracking range of over 370 miles, can simultaneously engage as many as 36 targets. Only missile complex in the world capable of hitting targets located beyond the horizon, also protected against electronic warfare.
The Syrian army command made the announcement in a statement released on Saturday, saying that Turkey sends the arms in shipments claiming they are humanitarian aid.
Tensions between Russia and the United States continue to escalate, after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of handing Ankara details of the flight path of the Russian plane downed by Turkey in Syria on Tuesday. US President Barack Obama signed a defence bill handing over hundreds of millions of dollars to militias fighting Russian-backed forces in Ukraine and Syria.
Google agreed to strengthen the bilateral relations with Israel’s Foreign Ministry, and build a mechanism of “collaborative work” that would make both parties partners in monitoring the published materials and censoring them.
Obama administration is pressing Turkey to deploy thousands of additional troops along its border with Syria to cordon off a 60-mile stretch of frontier that U.S. officials say is used by Islamic State to move foreign fighters in and out of the war zone.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Russia is ready to coordinate practical steps to block the Turkish-Syrian border in cooperation with Damascus; . pointed out that Russia has question about Ankara’s real plans, including those on counter-terrorist efforts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree imposing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey following its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria. The measures include banning several Turkish organizations and the import of certain goods. Employers in Russia will be prohibited from hiring Turkish nationals for work starting January 1, 2016.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed regrets about the incident with downing the Russian Su-24 jet but their statements also contained threats. Erdogan warned Moscow that Turkey would take steps if its warplane was downed by the Russian S-400 missile system in case of violation of the Syrian airspace.
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 bomber, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported Friday, citing diplomatic sources.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Moscow for backing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as Russia's air raids against the militant groups operating in the Arab state.“We very sincerely recommend to Russia not to play with fire,” Ankara does not want its ties with Moscow to “suffer harm in any way.”The Turkish president said he may hold talks with Vladimir Putin at a climate change summit to be held in Paris, France, next week. Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov said the Russian head of state refused to contact Erdogan.
The downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighters this week dramatically escalated global tensions and posed point blank the danger of a conflict between nuclear-armed powers. Yet even as the US-led war in the Middle East was placing the world on a knife-edge, President Barack Obama spent last week ramping up the confrontation with China over its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
Turkey's annual revenues from Russian tourists stood at $10 bln, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Oleg Safonov, the country will "obviously not be receiving those funds anymore." Russia’s Su-24 warplane was downed by an air-to-air missile launched from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.
Turkish president declaring his military will shoot down any new intruder. Russian Defense Ministry prepared to destroy any aerial target that may threaten its warplanes, announced severance of all military ties with Turkey. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered sanctions against Turkey, bans on products. Russia was biggest source of Turkish imports last year, worth $25 billion, largest destination for Turkish exports, mostly textiles and food, confiscation of large quantities of Turkish food imports.
The Italian government makes efforts to broaden the international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group by including Russia; Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Vladimir Putin emphasized that Turkey’s air forces hitting the Russian plane contradicted “common sense and international law [as] the plane was shot down over Syrian territory.” “I have to say that we find absolutely inexplicable the treacherous stabs in our back dealt by those we thought to be our partners and allies in the anti-terrorist struggle.
French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday that world powers must create a "grand coalition" to combat Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Germany, to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against ISIL.
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