(By Peter Koenig, Global Research) ~ Russia Insider reports that the ambush on the Russian U-24 bomber was guided by the US Airforce.

In an interview with the Russian news agency Regnum, a Russian military expert said that “A US Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS plane took off on 24 November from the Preveza airbase in Greece.

A second E-3A of the Saudi Arabian air force took off from the Riyadh airbase.Both planes were executing a common task—determining the precise location of Russian aircraft. It is they that picked the “victim.”

The American E-3A was supposed to determine the activity of the Su-24M2′s onboard targeting radar, to determine if it was in search mode or if it had already locked on to a target and was processing launch-data. It is known that the AWACS can direct the activity of aircraft in battle, conveying information to their avionics and flight computers.

The expert went on explaining the technical details of how the US and Saudi AF planes guided the Turkish F-16s to a sure missile launch in ‘target illumination’ mode, meaning that the radar was turned off as soon as the missile locket into its target.


This elevates the US-NATO war crime on Russia to an even higher level.

The leaders involved in this heinous aggression should clearly be subjected to a Nuremberg style tribunal with all its dire consequences. Instead, hypocrite Obama in a side meeting of the Paris COP21 conference laments the event to President Putin, while still supporting Turkey in their right of self-defense.

What self-defense? – At the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, a week before the SU-24 downing, all conference members allegedly unanimously agreed to join forces in their fight against ISIS / Daesh. Therefore, even if the Russian bomber would have overflown Turkish territory – which according to Russian military monitors it did not – it would not have threatened Turkey at all, as they were, Russia and Turkey along with the other G20 attendees, on the same wave length: object eradicating terror in Syria.

Or were they really? – Or was this apparent commitment just another lie, as everything coming from the west is a lie, a deceit? – No agreement, no commitment is honored, no law is obeyed – the west under the leadership (sic) of Zionist-Washington has become a bunch of criminal rogue states.

And, let it be clear, this killing machine will not stop until it has achieved full spectrum dominance, total world hegemony. No diplomatic effort, no number of innocent deaths will deter the monster’s course for global control – unless the tyrant falls from within, as did the Roman Empire (that would mean that the media-fooled American public would wake up), or its fraudulent dollar-based monetary system will be dismantled by a monetary alternative from the rapidly emerging Eastern economies, like China, whose currency, the yuan, has just been accepted by the IMF as an official world reserve currency.

Since 2001 between 10 and 12 million people have lost their lives through wars and conflicts instigated by the US or their proxies, like the Gulf State vassals, the western bought and armed Islamic Jihadists, and, of course, the European NATO puppets. Other millions have lost their livelihood and become refugees now flooding Europe, in a well-timed and targeted fashion, also directed by President Erdogan, following the US dictate of European destabilization. A destabilized Europe can easier be controlled(http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-flood-of-refugees-into-europe-the-new-slave-trade/5487345).

Europeans, a people subjugated to serfhood by neoliberal regimes, lackeys of Washington, will soon be the only and coerced ‘ally’ the United State of America has left on this globe. All the other Washington claimed allies are an alliance of fear, which will dissipate as soon as the empire’s fall is on the horizon. They are tied by fear, rather than allied, to a terrorist empire.

By now Recep Erdogan may realize that his obedience to the White House and his greed for cheap stolen ISIS petrol, led him to an unforgivable crime, a shot not only in his own foot, but most likely in his head. He may politically not survive. His generals have already threatened with a putsch.

As Mr. Putin said on Monday at the Paris COP21,

At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on an industrial scale. We have every reason to believe thatthe decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers.”

It couldn’t be clearer.
For Turkey, or her leader (sic), shooting down the SU-24 was a triple whammy: Showing full obedience to the Washington-NATO masters, demonstrating support to the ISIS who feed Turkey’s economy with stolen oil, and fighting for the 70 km wide free zone along the Turkish-Syrian border to keep the supply channels to the terror-jihadists open – and for maintaining the ‘rolling pipeline’ into Turkish ports from where the petrol, worth billions of dollars – will be loaded onto international tankers – whitewashed so to speak; pretty much what Swiss bankers are doing with stolen money from dictators around the world.

While Erdogan is pleading for a head-to-head meeting with President Putin in Paris, Russia has already announced a regime of economic sanctions against Turkey. They may affect up to 44 billion dollars’ worth of trade between the two countries, including some 110 Turkish construction companies operating in Russia, as well as about 86,000 Turkish citizens living in Russia. Specifically, Russian charter flights to Turkey as well as all tourism to Turkey have stopped immediately, at a great loss to the Turkish economy which in 2014 benefitted from 3.2 million Russian tourists. Other sanctions include banning Turkish companies from doing business in Russia and Russian companies from hiring Turks; and re-introducing visas for Turkish visitors to Russia with enforced border controls.

The potential loss to Russia is mostly in natural gas exports to Europe. As a result of the US-NATO instigated Ukraine conflict, the so-called South Stream pipeline came to a halt, as the US ordered its NATO allies, especially Bulgaria, to stop construction of the pipeline. It was then replaced by the Turkish Stream, when Recep Erdogan and Vladimir Putin were still friends in December 2014(http://www.globalresearch.ca/impacts-of-turkeys-aggression-the-turkish-stream-is-dead-disruption-of-gas-pipeline-routes-to-the-eu-russias-economy-in-crisis/5491756).

This project may now also be in jeopardy which would be a serious blow to Russia’s economy, counting on gas exports to Europe. On the other hand, Europe depends on Russian gas which cannot be replaced quickly by US-imposed fracking or deliveries from the US. Therefore, the Turkish Stream may not be as dead as it looks right now.

Another little talked-about project is to bring Iranian gas to Europe – via Syria, a viable alternative, and a major reason for the US wanting to control Syria through internal chaos leading to regime change. A pipeline from Iran through Syria and Lebanon to supply Europe with Iranian gas would be competition worth trillions of dollars for hydrocarbons from the Gulf States, exploited by US petrol giants.

Hence, since 2007 Washington planned a civil war in Syria which was activated in 2011 with the help of CIA, NATO and Saudi Arabia, training, funding and arming Jihadist terrorists. This conflict that has become center piece of the Middle-East theatre of war, now further enhanced by the US-Saudi-Turkey sponsored, financed and trained Islamic caliphate, ISIS / Daesh.

An Iran-Syria pipeline would not only mean a loss for US petro-giants, but more importantly it would drastically reduce demand for the US dollar, as Iranian gas would not be traded in the US currency but in moneys chosen between the trading partners. The loss of demand for the US dollar would further erode its status as world reserve currency – one more nail in the coffin of the dollars world hegemony.

About at the same time of Washington’s planning the destabilization of Syria, the odd but ultra-dangerous tandem, Washington-Israel, fabricated the lie that Iran was developing nuclear weapons.

Although this was denied by the 15 most prominent US intelligence agencies, the same way they denied Saddam Hussein’s arsenal of WMDs (weapons of mass destructions), the myth prevailed.

The Zionist-Anglo-Saxon dominated propaganda-lie machine convinced the world that Iran was indeed a nuclear threat to the region – never mentioning of course the only real nuclear threat, Israel, with a cache of 200-300 nuclear warheads. 

The Iran ‘threat’ that never was, ended for now with the so-called Nuclear Deal reached on 14 July 2014 in Vienna, after years of negotiations by the P5 + 1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany).

This closes the circle of western greed for energy and power – and war, the epitome of capitalist fascism. Within that US-NATO fabricated MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) chaos, Turkey saw a window of opportunity to revive the old Ottoman Empire.

By shooting down the Russian SU-24 Erdogan may just have self-defeated the nascent kingdom.

(comic image by syrianews.cc)

Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a former World Bank staff and worked extensively around the world in the fields of environment and water resources. He writes regularly for Global Research, ICH, RT, Sputnik, PressTV, CounterPunch, TeleSur, The Vineyard of The Saker Blog, and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance



Ambush of Russian Bomber Was Guided by U.S. Reconnaissance

By Alexey Leoncov, Regnum Russian News Agency
translation by Russia-Insider

This is what you would call ‘a stab in the back’ of the leader of the anti-terrorist forces.

A Russian military expert and columnist of the journal Arsenal of the Fatherland explains the details of the downing of the bomber and why not all went smoothly in an interview to the news agency Regnum


How did it all happen?

 A U.S. Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS plane took off on 24 November from the Preveza airbase in Greece.  A second E-3A of the Saudi Arabian air force took off from the Riyadh airbase.  Both planes were executing a common task—determining the precise location of Russian aircraft.  It is they that picked the “victim.”

The American E-3A was supposed to determine the activity of the Su-24M2’s onboard targeting radar, to determine if it was in search mode or if it had already locked on to a target and was processing launch data.  It is known that the AWACS can direct the activity of aircraft in battle, conveying information to their avionics and flight computers.

That is, to determine how defenseless was our plane?

 As it turns out, yes.  As we know, the Su-24M2 was returning from its mission, and its flight computer was operating in “navigation” mode in tandem with the GLONASS [Russian GPS system.]  It was returning to base and was not preparing for action.  The whole time, the E-3s were transferring detailed information about the Su-24M2 to a pair of Turkish F-16CJ’s.  This plane [the F-16CJ] had been specifically built for Turkey.  Its distinctive feature is a computer that controls a new, AN/APG-68 radar system, and which fulfills the role of a copilot-navigator.

But this information is obviously not enough to precision-strike a small target.  Was something else used?

Indeed, the interception accuracy of the F-16CJ fighters was augmented by ground-based U.S. Patriot air defense systems, which are deployed in Turkey, or more precisely, their multirole AN/MPQ-53 radars.  The Patriot can work with an E-3 or with MENTOR spy satellites, and it can’t be ruled out that the satellite assets involved the Geosat space system as well.

The flight trajectory of the F-16CJ indicates a precision interception of its target by means of triangulation:  A pair of E-3s plus the Patriot’s air defense radar plus the geostationary MENTOR spy satellites plus, possibly, the Geosat space system.

Besides which, the E-3s provided guidance as to the location of our plane in the air; they determined its route, speed, and the status of its weapons control systems; and the Patriot’s air defense radar together with the MENTOR spy satellite provided telemetry on the SU-24M2’s movement relative to the ground surface—that is, it provided a precise prediction as to where our plane would be visible relative to the mountainous terrain.

So it turns out that the Turkish fighters knew with absolutely certainty where to wait in ambush for our plane?

Of course.  A pair of F-16CJ’s flew to the [missile] launch zone and, at a distance of 4-6 kilometers, practically point blank!, launched an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile into the rear hemisphere of our Russian bomber.  Besides which, the AN/APG-68 onboard radar of the fighter which launched the missile, was working in “target illumination” mode.  That is, it turned on at the moment of launch, and turned off as soon as the missile definitively locked on to its target.

 Did our pilots have a chance to save their plane?

 No.  The Su-24M2 crew’s probability of escaping destruction was equal to zero…

…Turkey does not have its own capabilities for such a detailed and very precise operation.  And don’t forget about the second E-3, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The whole scenario was very fast-moving, lasting just seconds.

Did it really happen that smoothly?

The Turks nonetheless committed one mistake, which led to their provocation not quite working out.  The F-16CJ went out on its interception two minutes late, when the Su-24M2 had already left the disputed 68-kilometer zone in the north of Syria [this may be referring to the Turk’s self-styled no-fly-zone against Assad]; to leave it required at most 1.5 minutes.

But the “kill” command to the F-16CJ had not been revoked; thus the missile launch was carried out a bit further than the intended point.  This is confirmed by the fact that the [Turkish TV] footage of the Su-24M2’s fall was planned to be filmed from both Syrian territory and Turkish territory; however, the “Syrian footage” is more detailed.  It appears that this saved our navigator.  He was able to go into the woods and wait for a rescue team.


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