It can now be confirmed that yesterday’s mystery bombing of Erdogan’s arms convoy for ISIS was conducted by Russia, although both camps were silent about it.
The Erdogan government arrested the newspaper editor for “espionage”, in effect, virtually confirming that said convoy was delivering arms and ammunition for the Islamic State at the City of Azaz, Syria, which is just 5 km close to the Turkey border.
We have been expecting Russia’s response to the unprovoked shooting down of its Su-24 to be “cold, calculated, extensive, swift — and most of all unexpected.”
This is the first time that Sputnik News was so silent about Russia’s immediate response. But RT did publish about the Erdogan government’s arrest of the editor of Cumhuriyet newspaper for
“The articles, published on Cumhuriyet’s front page in May, claimed that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) is smuggling weapons in trucks into Syria and was caught doing so twice in 2014. The trucks were allegedly stopped and searched by police, with photos and videos of their contents obtained by Cumhuriyet.“
— Arif Kurtuluş (@arifkurtuluss) November 26, 2015
— oğuz güven (@oguzguven_) November 26, 2015
That event happened a year ago, so why published it now?
This could be Russia’s way of indirectly acknowledging responsibility for the Turkish ISIS supply convoy “mystery” bombing just recently.
Another question would be, why is Erdogan doing the arrest now?
The answer for the latter is that Erdogan is already consolidating its hold on to power and it would not surprise us if in the coming days, Erdogan would stage an event that will give him the pretext to proclaim martial law.
Not doing so would mean his fall from power and the likelihood of incarceration for financing Islamic State.
Erdogan gobbles up power in new Turkish government
Cengiz Çandar Columnist
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference after a meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Istanbul, Nov. 13, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
Author: Cengiz Çandar Posted November 25, 2015
I was waiting for the announcement of the new Turkish Cabinet on Nov. 24 when a Russian fighter jet was shot down by a Turkish F-16 on the border between Turkey and Syria. The magnitude of the international crisis that the incident may generate is still too early to predict. Hearing an angry Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia was “stabbed in the back by those who abetted the terrorists” and accused Turkey of aiding the Islamic State (IS) in transporting and selling its oil, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov canceling his visit to Ankara and calling on Russians not to go to Turkey, it is not hard to predict the days ahead could hold very serious developments.
The announcement of the anxiously awaited new Turkish Cabinet revealed the identity of the government that has been much debated. Would it be the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or a coalition between the president and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu?
Following the announcement of the new Cabinet, it is clear that the 64th government of the Republic of Turkey is the government of Erdogan.
One of the 72 founding members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who asked to remain unidentified, talked to Al-Monitor about the nature of the expected government a few hours before the announcement. The official, who was until he was sidelined recently a well-known figure within the AKP, speculated that the new government would reflect the power that Erdogan has with some minor concessions given to Davutoglu for face-saving purposes.
The announcement of the new government had in store surprises even for the most well-informed AKP veterans. The darling of the Western financial circles in terms of preserving trust in the Turkish economy, former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, who has been in charge of running the Turkish economy for over a decade and who Davutoglu has insisted on keeping his post, was excluded.
Former Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek replaced Babacan, as if to assuage the worries of international markets. Two names on the list leave no doubt that this new government will be ruled by Erdogan: Binali Yildirim and Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, who took key portfolios.
This could be Erdogan’s way of protesting NATO’s paying lip service to his attempt of enlisting the organization’s military services to preserve his ISIS oil smuggling enterprise.
“Bilal Erdoğan 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 Erdoğan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.”
Nevertheless, no less than Russia’s deputy prime minister has erased any doubts as to how exactly his country would extract revenge to the backstabbing of Turkey.
Russian deputy PM pledges Russia will fulfil all military goals in Syria
MOSCOW, November 26 /TASS/. Russia will do everything to achieve the goals of its military operation in Syria, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Thursday.
“If anybody wanted to intimidate us, then they do not know our character. The effect is going to be diametrically opposite. The question of revenge on the criminals has turned into a nationwide issue. We will certainly do everything to bring what we are doing to the end and fulfill all the tasks that were assigned when we launched a military operation against the biggest global contemporary threat,” the Russian vice-premier said adding that Russia was actively supporting Syria.
“We are taking a more than active part in (fighting terrorism) by comparison to other countries which are only articulating their participation in the counter-terrorism operation,” the vice-premier stressed.
“Our presence in Syria is legitimate. We are intensively fighting a common threat. We will certainly give all kind of support to the Syrian army to enable it to liberate the country from international terrorists who have already shown their bare teeth,” Rogozin said.
He does not believe that the attack on the Russian Su-24 bomber on November 24 was an annoying incident.
Oil revenues from the terrorist-held regions of Syria and Turkey are accumulating on the accounts of those who are responsible for downing the Russian bomber, Rogozin told the Syrian top diplomat.
The Russian jet had been attacked deliberately, the vice-premier said adding that Russia did not believe in occasional incidents.
“We can see Turkey’s direct and selfish interest in preserving the status quo which consists in the Islamic State’s control over considerable regions and areas in Syria, especially those that are oil-rich,” Rogozin said.
“In fact, today we can see that petroleum products are delivered from Syria to Turkey on an industrial scale. Billions of dollars are accumulating on the accounts of people who ordered to shoot the jet down,” Rogozin stressed.
“The past few days have shown who is who in the Syrian conflict; who is fighting the Islamic State only declaratively while being its direct patrons who are conniving at its terrorist activities,” the vice-premier said.
“You know the reaction of our leadership and our people to the terror attack against our Armed Forces, which are carrying out a (military) operation in Syria. It is a mean attack, both literally and figuratively, against our plane, which had legitimately taken part in the operation in Syria and had delivered strikes against the (IS) terrorist group,” Rogozin concluded.
Russia destroys Turkish truck convoy headed for Syrian militants — Erdogan silent
November 26, 2015
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter
With additional photos supplied by Fort Russ
Last night (November 25) the first photos and video came up of the destroyed Turkish convoy that arrived in the militant-controlled city of Azaz. First, some photos:
Well, all in the same spirit, some information about what kind of city is this, and why is this news you need to focus on. The town Azaz is located in the north of Syria, almost on the border with Turkey. The city is a hub, where Turkish aid (weapons, ammunition, drugs, rations etc.) are dumped off. Then with all his “help” they begin to disperse it to other cities under militant control, as well as camps and fortified places.
Map. Azaz is circled in red:
As you can see, it’s about five km from the Turkish border. Speaking of buffer zones, Turkey was expecting to make this city an absolute springboard, out of reach of Syrian army strikes. It did not happen. But until today, due to the remoteness of the Syrian army from it, as well as a number of geopolitical reasons, attacks were not mounted on this city.
But today the Russian air force eliminated an entire column of trucks loaded with supplies intended for the militants, there since yesterday. In any other comparable situation, the Turkish government and Erdogan in person, would have complained of Russia bombing trucks laden with Humanitarian Aid, but now, they can’t afford to.
Thus Russia continues wiping out all objectives near the Turkish border, utterly ignoring the interests of Turkey (previously observed). It can now be affirmed that Turkey no longer is getting cheap oil, the militants can’t get normal supplies, and border crossings by Turkish vehicles will be stopped by strikes from the Russian Air Force.
Since yesterday, Russia has been mounting massive air and artillery strikes (with the Syrian army) in the border areas with Turkey. And it means the destruction of the supply infrastructure, which was established by Turkey in these years of the war in Syria.
P.S. We learn from the Turkish press that 20 trucks were destroyed, seven killed, and 10 were injured by the strikes and the consequent fires.
In addition to the unacknowledged bombing of Turkish arms convoy for ISIS, Russia has just imposed a no-fly zone close to Turkey’s border with the arrival of its highly advanced S-400 anti-aircraft system in Syria. This is in parallel with the economic and diplomatic embargo that are already in effect against Turkey.
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