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    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu shows President Vladimir Putin a flight recorder of a Russian warplane shot down by a Turkish jet on Nov. 24.

    Putin: Su-24's Black Box to Reveal Truth About Jet Shot Down by Turkey

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    The data from the black box of the downed Russian Su-24 bomber will prove that the aircraft was in Syrian airspace when it was attacked by Turkish forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu showed Putin the black box, which was recovered in Syria by Russian and Syrian forces.

    "As I understand, the flight data recorder will give us the opportunity to understand the Su-24's trajectory from the moment of its take-off to the moment of the crash," Putin said. "This means we will be able to understand where it was [at the moment of the downing] and where the treacherous strike from the Turkish Air Force was dealt."

    Putin also said that the black box should be opened only in the presence of international experts.

    Putin thanked everyone who participated in the operation to search for and retrieve the black box from Russia's Su-24, which was shot down on November 24 by the Turkish Air Force.

    "We must certainly thank our military, the staff of the special forces, search and rescue crews, and Syrian troops for retrieving the recorder, which will certainly help us to understand what happened," Putin said in a meeting with Shoigu.

    Ankara insists that the jet had violated Turkish airspace prior to being downed. Moscow argues that the aircraft was flying in Syrian airspace when it was attacked.

    During the meeting with Shoigu, Putin also addressed Moscow's ongoing air campaign against Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State.

    Putin said the results of strikes against Daesh targets with new high-precision weapons should be continually analyzed, and expressed hope that the fight against the terrorists would not require nuclear warheads.  

    "We must, of course, analyze everything, everything that happens on the battlefield, how the weapons are working. The 'Calibers,' the A-101 rockets on the whole have proved themselves very well; they are new, modern and highly effective," Putin said.

    "We know that high-precision weapons can be equipped with both conventional warheads and with special warheads, that is, with nuclear warheads. Naturally, in the fight against the terrorists we hope that is something that will never be needed."


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    • avatar
      The following authentic hadith about the conquest of Constantinople is usually interpreted to refer to the conquest that already took place at the hand of Muhammad (Mehmed) Fatih -- may Allah be well-pleased with him. However, in the light of the Qur'an and other hadiths this narration has also received another interpretation which places its occurrence in the future.

      "Lataftahanna al-Qustantiniyya wa lani`ma al-amiru amiruha wa lani`ma
      al-jayshu dhalika al-jaysh."

      "Verily you shall conquer Constantinople. What a wonderful leader will her
      leader be, and what a wonderful army will that army be!"

      Narrated from Bishr al-Khath`ami or al-Ghanawi
    • avatar
      What script will Turkey/USA/NATO play now?
    • avatar
      Myself, as ignorant and stupid as I can be, I trust on Mr. Putin and on the Russian leadership.
    • BlueStar
      Russia has to keep all options resolutely open. Putin once said if war was inevitable you have to strike first.
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      dvdgrg09in reply tormpblue(Show commentHide comment)
      rmpblue, remember grade eight algebra? (I know, it's hard, don't worry this one is easy) if a cockroach travels at one meter per minute, how many meters will it move in one minute? A "meter" is like a "yard", only different. A "yard" is three "feet" (except in your case it may only be two "feet").
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      dvdgrg09in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      ishmael.kenneth, they lost the script. This script is writing itself.
    • avatar
      Been rumors leaking out on the internet that Russia to deploy 150,000 troops in Syria.
      Anyone confirm this?
    • avatar
      Hopefully, this will end the saga. But Russia will keep reacting because, of the breach on international law by NATO, that is stealing oil from a sovereign nation. Russia can also hit the sales of resources. IF Turkey build military with Ukraine. Not gas. But raw materials,
    • Preterist ADSeventy
      I believe Russia before I believe anyone affiliated with North Atlantic Terrorist Organization headed by ISISreal/USSA
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      tonyreganartin reply tomrmohtesib111(Show commentHide comment)
      mrmohtesib111, ...an ultimate 'conqueror of Constantinople' might surprise many, neither Mehmed II or the present evil vizier, but from the region. To the worshippers of Satan in the guise of God, Ref: William Blake ‘To The Accuser who is The God of This World, Truly My Satan thou art but a Dunce etc…’
    • choticastile
      Never doubted President Putin would insist that on retrieval of the black box, it would only be opened in the presence of international aviation experts. Wonder how Turkey and some others are going to work their way out of the web of lies they spun.
    • Arius Armenianin reply tormpblue(Show commentHide comment)
      rmpblue, You are a good example of why we Orthodox Christians in the Middle East are fed up with the US and EU that aid and abet the jihadi head choppers. The Syrian army of mostly Muslim young men with Russian help are fighting and dying to liberate and protect Christian villages from your head choppers.

      Turkey allowed jihadis to cross its border to attack Kessab, the last Armenian village that survived the 1915 genocide while the West sat on its hands.

      After five hundred years of deceit and plunder of the rest of the world the East is drawing a red line in Syria saying No More.

      We are sick of your insufferable western 'indispensable and exceptional' lunacy that is like another people that thought they were 'uber alles'.
    • choticastilein reply tormpblue(Show commentHide comment)
      rmpblue, Will not insult you by addressing in detail, the countless violations of every international law, the USG and NATO have unilaterally inflicted on so many nations since end of WWII, which continue as I write -- divide and rule -- abusing both race and religion to set against each other, ordinary peace loving Man. Infinitely sad.

      However, suffice to say, neither will the world ever forget these actions of the US and NATO, even when it may have the heart to forgive -- but will not for many years, trust again. Still, it is ordinary Americans who have to live with the unspeakable betrayal of their morally bankrupt, warmongering leaders, who not only betrayed them, but the world as a whole.
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      oldcitywsin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, It takes less than a second for people to be snuffed off instantly if they're at Ground Zero. I think the shock wave alone would kill in less than fifteen seconds due to the intense pressure.
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      I think that Russia is playing it safe with the demand for *international* experts - especially since local police in the United States can so easily manipulate footage as it is so there should be ZERO trust except towards a group of neutral experts from multiple regions across the world. Putin's the smartest leader, he's right to be less than trusting - look at what happened to the founder of RT, after all... [found dead in a hotel].
    • Khaled Abd El Aziz
      Black box reveals Ottoman evil
    • avatar
      Probably Russian SU24 never even entered Turkish airspace. US already confirmed by their intel (for what its worth) the SU24 was shot above Syrian ground.
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      The question I feel we should really be asking ourselves including the people in positions of power is the origin of this dangerous ideology that daesh and other islamist terrorists stems their root from, most people will agree its wahabism practiced in saudi arabia and some other gulf nations. One should also question why saudi arabia is the one bringing these 'opposition government' together, one that notably doesnt include the kurds, one might argue that the presence of us or uk or russia or the kurds in such a meeting might justify the position saudi arabia's foriegner minister is clearly trying to grasp upon(united moderate opposition).

      The more I try to look at the whole quagmire created by daesh, the more I believe it would be best for western nations to stay as far away from this sectarian proxy war going on between the saudis and iran now for generations. Our leaders are mandated only to take a critical and unbiaised approach and that means supporting a sincere political solution which clearly should include every faction currently warring in syria with the sole exceptions of daesh, nusra front and proven affiliates.

      The failure of the western leaders to handle this crisis properly in my view will undoubtedly create the rise of more people like marine le pen, donald trump, justin trudeau and jeremy corbyn which may necessarily not be a bad thing if current leaderships are unable to truly recognise a way to defeat the worries and wishes of their populace. I believe obama and his allies needs muslim profiling to a reasonable degree and checking the spread of unfavourable islamic doctrine, muslim organisations that are existing in the west have to understand the need for this if they are to integrate themselves into the western cultures and values, it shouldnt be the other way around. The world also need to realise and accept that the saudis and turks are just our partners which is in our interest to keep that way and not an ally, our idea of what is an acceptable version of islam and theirs is irreconcilliably different, I believe that indeed is the root of the domestic security issue we now face.
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      War crime trials for Erdogan and his prime minister Ahmet soon.
    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      [VV Putin ... expressed hope that the fight against the terrorists would not require nuclear warheads.]

      Was this a reaction to Ted Cruz wanting to 'carpet bomb' them into oblivion, to see if sand can glow in the dark?
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