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    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends the opening session of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015

    Turkey in Panic Mode After Spotting Russian Engineers on Syrian Border

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    Amid rising tensions between Ankara and Moscow, Turkish President Erdogan has expressed concern over the alleged presence of Russian engineers near the country’s Syrian border.

    The Turkish government has expressed alarm over Russia’s air campaign in Syria since it began last September. Along its Syrian border zone, Turkey has dug defense trenches and increased security forces, despite the fact that Moscow has repeatedly stated its goal is to combat terrorist groups in Syria.

    On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed new levels of panic, sounding the alarm over the alleged presence of Russian inspectors at an airport near the Turkish border.

    "We have said this from the beginning: we won’t tolerate such formations (in northern Syria) along the area stretching from the Iraqi border up to the Mediterranean," he told reporters. "We maintain our sensitivities on these issues."

    Erdogan said he plans to discuss the matter with US Vice President Joe Biden when the two meet on Saturday.

    "I can say that Turkey is closely watching every military movement on its borders and especially the border with Syria," a Turkish government source added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    But the president fails to address the underlying cause for any tensions in the border zone: Ankara’s downing of a Russian bomber in Syrian airspace. Following that incident, Russia was forced to move S-400 air defense systems to Hmeymim airbase.

    "They thought that we would turn tail and run. No, Russia not that country," Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month. "We have increased our presence in Syria, have increased the number of combat aircraft deployed there. There was no Russian air defense system there – now there’s the S-400.

    "If before, Turkey had constantly violated Syrian airspace, let them try it now."

    Moscow also deployed warships to the Mediterranean to assist in the anti-terror campaing, as well as to protect Russian jets.

    Erdogan’s comments also come amid Turkey’s increased concern over the presence of Kurdish militants along the border. While the YPG has proven to be one of the most effective ground forces fighting against Daesh in northern Syria, Ankara has labeled the group a terrorist organization.

    While Moscow has pushed for the inclusion of the YPG in Syrian peace talks, Ankara has refused, threatening to extend the bloody conflict.

    "For us, there is no difference between PYD, YPG, PKK, or Daesh," Erdogan said. "We will discuss this with Biden tomorrow.

    "I hope that this joint stance will be aimed at preventing this wrong Russian formation in northern Syria."


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      Biden as a champion is a silly notion.
    • All we need are few million well organized, well equipped Syrians, Iraqis and kurds to go in,.. all the way to Ankara. Everybody is sick and tired of turkey
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      innocappuccinnoin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, some may wonder forever, what was his mistake...
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      Erdogan's Neo-Ottoman delusions of grandeur are a Napoleonic complex that must be healed. He thinks he is an Ottoman sultan that can limit who can move inside Syria. He got away with such provocation when he imposed a no flight zone on the Syrian side of the border for Syrian planes. Then he thought he could keep it that way and had a Russian plane shot down in that self imposed no fly zone.
    • choticastilein reply toinnocappuccinno(Show commentHide comment)
      innocappuccinno, If you're referring to Effete Erdogan wondering what was his mistake -- the morally corrupt are so saturated with arrogance and consumed with ego, that not for a moment do they consider they can make a 'mistake', but summarily dismissed for the non-entities they are impotent fury, followed by self-pity remains their only companion till the bitter and lonely end. Yet, from an "as you sow, so you shall reap" perspective, payment for bad deeds, do purify over time, so there is hope for the final redemption of all souls. Anyway, for what its worth, that's my perspective.
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      innocappuccinnoin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, you are digging too deep! his problem can be put in a very simple manner: what he did wrong, when he did not make a single mistake, of which he is aware.... take a close look at this photo, look! what do you see? something which you don't see at any of those other high rank personalities linked to this situation. then, after you see what i am talking about, think again about his problem. it is much more clever than you realize. if not him personaly... it is the team he's in. it is important! what do you see in that photo? you don't need to answer to this one, just think! if you get it, then you have a better chance to realize he made no mistake, yet he must seek that one mistake... yeah, he has a very big problem!
    • choticastilein reply toinnocappuccinno(Show commentHide comment)
      innocappuccinno, You have me beyond curious now... Okay, let me tell you what I see in this photo. Erdogan might be thinking, "Oh G--! I blew it! --What I have done cannot be reversed!" Okay, what has he done, what was his one mistake? -- In my opinion it was that he stabbed Russia in the back, as he had the Turk Stream deal with Russia. Okay, let's say he was forced by the US/NATO -- had no choice but to turn on Russia. How close am I to guessing right? (laughing). If I am still missing the ball, then please take me out of my suspense by telling me what the mistake was and why he himself, is unaware of the obviously one grave mistake he made?
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      innocappuccinnoin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, if you look at this carefuly, you can observe the major players so to speak assumed their roles, also they took care to throw in some hints about the roles they assumed. not only Erdogan, but many, and if not all, it is mainly because not all are major players. Erdogan threw in more than one hint, but at least one which can be seen by anyone. and you just missed it? allow me to be circumspect. still letting you discover something which you'd be happy to call your own discovery, i will throw in something rather funny. see, you asking me what is Erdogan's mistake, it was like Erdogan asking Putin in hope of making Putin do and/or say what it was not Putin's intention. it was the same with the downing of the plane, but also with numerous other provocations. i will answer like Putin would answer your question himself: look at Erdogan in exactly that photo, it is all there. it is not a big secret, just that that you can surely understand you can't make Putin say a single word which he did not intend to utter. but Putin will tell you exactly the things intended. (am taking Putin courses now)
    • in reply toinnocappuccinno(Show commentHide comment)
      innocappuccinno, I am curious too... I see that Erdogan doesn't want to be in that role he is playing now. I have never considered Erdogan the biggest player there, but his PM. He is the one pushing for new Ottoman expansions... I think.
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      jasin reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
      art, There may occasionally be translation issues. Translation can be very tricky and languages do not always have a one-to-one equivalent for a word.
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      innocappuccinnoin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, you know how it is when you barehandedly fight a gorrilla? even if you do nothing and the gorrilla just fought-ed you, you can still say you fought a gorrilla. that's when you learn to respect the gorrilla.
      look at some leaders, Merkel, Yahoo, Obama, Erdogan, ... even Putin. try to find some particular accent in their presentation, from many points of view. then maybe you can accept those particularizations are not by opportunity, but by some project. even that project you must consider from many points of view. an unavoidable one is that that is a pre-text, which you still must consider and re-consider. the art of deception you may encounter is by clever manipulation, of moment, persuasion, substitution,... and also of history, pre-conditioning. they are so sure of themselves... why? is it because they see themselves irresistible, or because they know they pre-conditioned you/us? of which party are each of them?
      see, Erdogan, is he in this mainly because he thinks he's right, or mainly because he was convinced that there is a powerful pre-conditioning system in place? to whom he addresses? particularly in this picture, is he addressing to persuade, or to demand by virtue of pre-conditioning? i'd say we are getting closer to his problem.
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      artin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, True.
    • Ann
      "we won’t tolerate such formations (in northern Syria)" - I wasn't aware that Erdie was elected president of Syria...
    • Ann in reply tojemfinch1(Show commentHide comment)
      jemfinch1, Fortunately, Russia does not need NATO permission or approval.
    • Ann in reply tosterndaler(Show commentHide comment)
      sterndaler, We all know who's not flying there now, don't we?
    • Ann in reply toinnocappuccinno(Show commentHide comment)
      innocappuccinno, All I see similar in all of the people you listed, is LIES, DECEPTION and PROJECTION. I see them all singing different verses of "God Bless America" while lying about the part they each play, and projecting the blame for their actions on Russia. I think Erdie thinks he is right, because the instigators who are whispering in his ear, tell him he is right.
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      jemfinch1in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)

      No, Russia does not need approval. Thanks be given for that!
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      sterndalerin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, Yes. And I admire the guts of the two pilots. Guess they knew the Sultan might try to do this stupid stunt to scare Russia.
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      Glad to see sane people all over the World!!
      Not everything is lost!!I can throw my FIDE rating(2000+)out the window.
      Putin is 10x better chess player than me(probably 1000x,who cares?For if it was me?
      I would`v pushed the red button long time ago!Scary thought! Well?Don`t give me
      red buttons(where is that devil's smile)).
      One thing we must understand,I KNOW RUSSIAN people(I am not yelling,just trying to explain).I wouldn`t like to Tango with them.
      And it`s from Surrey,BC?Am I worried about Russian invasion?Taking over Ca-Na-Da?
      WTF?They have 10 million SQ.KM,We have 8 or 9 million?!BC alone?almost a million!
      4.5 million people.Somebody,give me a reason why would Russkies come and take over
      the land??I can`t see it?
      As far as Syria goes?Well,erDOGan,it`s not gonna be yours,take my word for it!!
      For what it`s worth?
      BTW,don`t need answers!Just wanna see my grand kids grow up,without pushing buttons!
      And YES,BC is God given!!Love you all!!
    • Óðinn Viðrir
      This Erdogan guy must be a retard what is he possibly going to do about it !
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