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    The shooting down of the Russian Su-24 bomber over Syrian territory earlier this week could well be President Erdogan's act of revenge, especially considering that his family is rumored to be involved in ISIL's illegal oil trade, Stanislav Tarasov, an expert on Middle East, told Radio Sputnik.

    The downing of the aircraft is "a severe provocation. Erdogan's family is directly involved in the incident. … Quite possibly, the Su-24 crash was an act of revenge," the analyst noted.

    The radical group has been making up to $2 million daily from selling stolen petroleum to middlemen in Turkey. On Thursday, Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev mentioned that some Turkish officials are involved in ISIL's illegal business. He did not provide specific names.

    ​A Turkish F-16 shot down the Su-24 on Tuesday, claiming that the aircraft violated its airspace. Russian officials and the Su-24 pilot, who survived the crash, insist that the plane did not cross into Turkey. The crew, according to the pilot, did not receive any warning prior to the attack.

    The Su-24 was involved in Moscow's anti-ISIL efforts in Syria aimed among other things at undermining the group's economic base, including its oil trade. Militants are said to be losing $1.5 million daily since Russian forces started hitting oil tankers and refinery facilities. 

    Tarasov also assumed that the Turkish president could have direct ties to Islamists.

    "Turkey was recently rocked by a major corruption scandal. We could soon learn that President Erdogan himself is directly linked to ISIL. … Erdogan is constantly keeping the Turkish society on edge. The Turks are always fighting against domestic and foreign enemies. This has led to Erdogan severing ties with many countries," the analyst observed.

    Erdogan, according to Tarasov, is increasingly becoming the "enemy No. 1" in the Middle East. The downing of a Russian bomber will only reinforce this trend.

    The Su-24 crash "will affect the regional balance of power. Erdogan is gradually becoming isolated. Many view him as a corrupt official and a dictator. Turkey is turning into a destabilizing force in the Middle East," the analyst asserted.

    However, the Turkish society does not want to lose a partner like Russia. Many, according to Tarasov, count on Moscow to help Turkey maintain its territorial integrity due to the country's proximity to the area of instability.

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      On 22 June 2012 a Turkish F-4 Phantom fighter jet was shot down while flying inside Syrian airspace. The prime minister of Turkey at the time was Recep Tayyip Erdogan, now its President, and the man who on 24 November personally ordered the shooting down of an allegedly airspace-violating Russian aircraft that, even according to own government, flew in Turkish airspace for 17 seconds.

      On 23 June 2012 the BBC reported now-President Erdogan as saying that "A short-term border [overflight] violation can never be a pretext for an attack."

      The then President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, was reported by the BBC as saying of the 2012 incident that "It is routine for jet fighters to sometimes fly in and out over [national] borders... when you consider their speed over the sea. These are not ill-intentioned things but happen beyond control due to the jets' speed."

      Oddly enough, this most relevant incident and associated Turkish statements have not been mentioned in the NATO forum or by US mainstream media. Nobody has asked President Erdogan why a "short term border violation" has now become "a pretext for attack."

      I wonder why.

      Even if there was overflight of a tiny sliver of Turkish territory by a Russian aircraft for 17 seconds, it is intriguing, as the Guardian reported, that President Erdogan now says "We cannot endure it."

      We're in setup city, here, and it's not coincidental that NATO's new chief, the confrontational anti-Russian Jens Stoltenberg, ever seeking a reason to keep his defunct and useless grouping in expensive existence, declared that "For us, this does not look like an accident, it is a serious violation."

      Even for him, that is a stupidly lightweight and fatuous statement.

      But understandable --- because it's important to keep up the tension. They're looking for pretexts to attack.
    • Hagbard Celine
      Washingtons megalomaniacs fear nothing more than Russia cuddling up with the EU because it renders their "dream" of world domination (pardon, beeing the sole suuuuper power) obsolete. The fight against ISIL opens a window of opportunity for just that; Washingtons and Turkeys actions must bie viewed in this context.

      The stakes could hardly be any higher.
    • biffreznik
      We all know 9/11 was inside job, too, as do 90% of Muslims. Islamic State is nothing more than a smear on all muslims and designed to bait a race war like US vs. Native American...Mason illuminist Albert Pike, 3 world wars, pit muslims against Christians. Israel is the problem and its control of key Allies at highest levels. Erdogan is nothing more of than another member of the Khazarian Mafia.
      Just like the BUshes, who with Jew Silvertein, The Saudis (most passports were from Saudi Arabia, several of the 9/11 perps listed of the 19 still well-alive and unknowing that they committed such barbarism....), The Turks, the Kuwaitiis, the endless list of people involved int the compartmentalized op of 9/11..especially the Mossad..
      and crime family boss Guliano took down the towers and paid all the CIA MSMs to propagate hate speech and take us to war.
    • avatar
      As I said, there will be resignations coming shortly and possibly a new Turkish government.
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