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ISIS Begins ‘Mass Evacuation’: Russia Destroys Another 1,593 Targets in Past Week

ISIS Begins ‘Mass Evacuation’: Russia Destroys Another 1,593 Targets

Commentary by Mike B:  Not sure how to verify all these reports other than keeping an eye on other media. Even were this exaggerated, it’s great news. What will be interesting is how will the US big establishment media try to spin this to make ISIS look like “innocent freedom fighters?” Stay tuned …

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Article: Grandmaster Putin’s Hard Lesson on Emptiness and Fullness

The ability to gain victory by changing and adapting according to the opponent is called genius. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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Haneul Na’avi
29 November 2015

Russia’s two-month long battle against the Islamic State has proven fruitful and elevated her status as a champion against global terrorism, but while the country has much to celebrate militarily and economically, its successes eventually placed it at cross-purposes with a key strategic ally.

The “stab in the back” heard round the world—Turkey’s surreptitious downing of a Russian SU-24 as it flew in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province—not only cost pilot Sergei Rumyantsev his life and constituted a war crime under Article 51 of the UN Charter, but reveals Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s ambivalent geopolitical ambitions. Turkey has become a servant of too many masters, forcing the ruling AKP in a predicament that it may not be able to control later.

On October 6, Reuters reported that “a MIG-29 fighter jet of unknown nationality and Syria-based missile systems ‘interfered’ with eight Turkish F-16 jets patrolling along the Syrian border”, yet a Middle East Monitor article shifted focus on Ankara’s concerns to a Russian Su-24 by stating that, in a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, “the military did not specify the type of plane but Turkish presidential sources and the Russian Ministry of Defense identified the aircraft as a Russian SU-24”. This created the perfect conditions for the Nov. 24 takedown of the Su-24, as the Syrian Arab Army commonly uses MIG-29 fighter jets, but Russia’s Sukhoi-24 fighters could come under Ankara’s crosshairs to escalate future provocations. In the article MEMO sources, they do not specify the type of plane which caused the provocation.

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