Daily Archives: December 4, 2015

NATO Realizes Su-24 Incident to Have Serious Consequences – Russian Envoy

Russian Envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said that NATO member states understand that the downing of a Russian Su-24 strike aircraft by Turkey over Syrian territory will have serious long-term consequences for the alliance.

NATO member states understand that the downing of a Russian Su-24 strike aircraft by Turkey over Syrian territory will have serious long-term consequences for the alliance, Russian Envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Friday.

“The most important thing for NATO, to my mind, is that they understood that such reckless actions, as the decision to shot down a Russian jet, can have long-term consequences for the alliance,” Grushko said in an interview with the television channel Rossiya-24.

Alexander Grushko

On November 24, a Russian Su-24 strike aircraft was brought down in Syria by an air-to-air missile fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter. According to Ankara, the missile was shot in response to the jet’s violation of Turkish airspace.

Both Russian and Syrian defense officials confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace, and was illegally downed in Syria.


Turkish soldiers deployed in northern Iraq’s Mosul region, security source says

At least several hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to provide training in northern Iraq’s Mosul region and coalition countries targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants are aware of the move, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday.

“Turkish soldiers have reached the Mosul Bashiqa region. They are there as part of routine training exercises. One battalion has crossed into the region,” the source said, declining to say exactly how many soldiers were deployed.

The Turkish soldiers are training Iraqi troops, he added.


Hollande makes flying visit to French aircraft carrier hitting Syria

French President Francois Hollande has made a flying visit to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, on station in the eastern Mediterranean.

It is the main base for French jets now pounding ISIL positions in Syria, and along with the defence minister he sought to boost morale and get the latest updates on the progression of the French campaign.

The ship’s precise location is being kept secret and it changes its sailing pattern regularly, although any attack against the French flagship is thought to be beyond ISIL’s capabilities.

Friday was unusual in that there were more NATO and western airstrikes against ISIL in Syria than Iraq, and the Russians were very active too, although they continued to hit any group fighting the Syrian government and not just ISIL targets.

Oil facilities continue to be the target of choice as the international alliance seeks to cut off supplies of cash that the Islamic militants get by illegally selling fuel, which they then spend on weapons. Immobile and easy to hit, their destruction is weakening ISIL.


Breaking – Mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in which 14 people died, being investigated as ‘act of terrorism’, FBI says

Law enforcement officers look over the evidence near the remains of a SUV involved in the Wednesdays attack is shown in San Bernardino, California December 3, 2015.

The FBI has announced that they are officially investigating the San Bernardino, California shooting as an act of terrorism.

The decision comes amid reports that one of the shooters, Tashfeen Malik, had pledged allegiance to Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State. Earlier reports also indicated that her husband and accomplice, Syed Rizwan Farook, had been in contact with suspected terrorists through social media.

There is no evidence to suggest that they were directed to carry out the attack by Daesh, but Malik and Farook may have been self-radicalized.

An FBI official said there was “certainly a possibility” that the shooters were planning a second attack, according to Reuters. The FBI also stressed that they are not aware of any terror threats to the United States at this time.

An FBI official has also told MSNBC that they are currently investigating a person of interest who may have legally purchased and provided to Farook the rifles used in the attack.

Malik and Farook opened fire on the conference room of a developmental disabilities center on Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring another 21. The suspects also left behind what police believe may have been explosives. They were killed during a shootout with police hours later.

A search of the couple’s home found large stockpiles of ammunition and explosive material. Over 4,500 rounds of ammunition were discovered, as well as 12 pipe bombs.