Turkish F-16 Shoots Down Syrian Plane, Caught On Live Video

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Remember this country, the place which about a year ago was supposed to be "Ukraine" in terms of geopolitical escalations:

Syria map

Well, in the aftermath of what appears a tenuous detente over the Crimea while Putin plans his next step of how to "merge" with east Ukraine as he sets off to rebuild the USSR, Syria just may be set to regain its place at the top of the global geopolitical risk pyramid. Case in point, early this morning, the fragile ceasefire between Syria and Turkey was shatered after a Turkish F- 16 shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday after it crossed into Turkish air space in a border region where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

A photo of the falling plane was caught by twitter:

Reuters reports:

"A Syrian plane violated our airspace," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally of his supporters in northwest Turkey. "Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard,"


The rebels have been fighting for control of the Kasab crossing, the border region, since Friday, when they launched an offensive which Syrian authorities say was backed by Turkey's military.


Syria said Turkish air defenses shot down the jet while it was attacking rebel forces inside Syrian territory, calling the move a "blatant aggression".


State television quoted a military source as saying the pilot managed to eject from the plane. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said initial reports from the area said the plane came down on the Syrian side of the border.


Al Manar, the television station of Assad's Lebanese ally Hezbollah, said two rockets had been fired from Turkish territory at the Syrian jet.

Amazingly, here is a clip of a live broadcast by HaberTurk which appears to have caught the moment of the plane's crash live on video.

Why did Turkey really engage? Simple: to distract from PM Erdogan's relentless political collapse when one after another political scandal is hitting the embattled premier who last week shut down access to Twitter, and it likely set to block YouTube as well, where a phone recording of his admitting graft and embezzlement can still be found. Naturally, it struck at the one country it knows will hardly fight back against the NATO member, although now that Russian foreign policy sentiment is once again shifting dramatically, and may call for far greater support for Syria, not to mention that suddenly Turkey is hardly in "democratic" Europe's good graces in the aftermath of the Twitter censorship scandal, Erdogan may just have miscalculated.

As for the next steps in Turkey, we repeat what we said on Friday: "We eagerly look forward to see which particular pro-Western agent is groomed to take Erdogan's place. After all remember: those Qatari gas pipelines that in a parallel universe, one without Putin, would have already been transporting nat gas under Syria, would enter Europe under Turkey."

Surely following yet another "chess" victory by Putin in the foreign relations arena, the urgency to find that Qatari natgas outlet to Europe is that much greater...

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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:12 | 4582127 Theta_Burn
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Flying missles and crashing planes do have a way of wow'ing the crowd...

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:27 | 4582155 Max Hunter
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I don't know what the problem is. Everyone knows war is a necessary evil. Like eating and breathing. It's a healthyh human activity we are born to take part in.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:34 | 4582163 SafelyGraze
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most people have got Turkey advancing past Syria to the Sweet Sixteen

with Russia "the flaming gazproms" over Ukraine by 30+ points

and China over the Disputed Islands (winners of their conference tournament)


Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:44 | 4582178 flacon
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Is this good news for Chuck Schumer's SPY calls? S&P up 15 points tonight, probably. 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:02 | 4582231 SilverIsKing
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With Thanksgiving 8 months away, Turkey feeling a little too big for their britches.

I expect that by early November, Turkey will be running around like chickens with their heads cut off and by the end of the month, most will have been killed.

Either that or this is just a chess game with the West trying to corner the market on Thanksgiving.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:00 | 4582382 Herd Redirectio...
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Russia and Turkey...  Not a bad geopolitical alliance from the strategic perspective.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:16 | 4582420 novictim
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"Not a bad geopolitical alliance"

Or how about the USA and Russia?  Or China and USA?  Or Russia and China?  Or China and India?  Or Japan and China and Indonesia?

It all sounds like good-stuff until you realize WHY they are not aligned and could never be aligned.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:41 | 4582481 remain calm
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Let me translate the vdeo since I speak fluent Turkish. "Obama is a pussy, he will draw another red line and Syria will continue to do what Putin wants without any fear of retahleation from the US. Obama is a pussy"

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:41 | 4583825 Tim_
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Syrian pilot: My aircraft was shot down by Turkish aircraft while within Syrian airspace

"The pilot told the Syrian TV that he was carrying out the mission of pursuing terrorists within Syrian territories, more than 7 kilometers away from the borders, and after arriving at the target’s location, establishing visual contact, and carrying out his mission, he turned around to return to base when rocket fired by a Turkish aircraft hit his aircraft, so he left it using the ejector seat."

"He asserted that his target was well within Syrian territories, and he parachuted inside Syrian territories, saying 'I will return to them in good health condition, high morale, strong willpower, and resolution like iron,' vowing to keep fighting until the last terrorist in Syria is dead."

Damascus: Turkish aggression in Kassab reflects actual involvement in events since beginning

"An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry labeled in a statement on Sunday Turkish aggression as 'unprecedented and unjustifiable' that also reflects bankruptcy of Erdogan."

"The aggression, the source noted, included firing tank and artillery shells on the Syrian territories to secure coverage for the armed terrorist groups to enter into Syria from the Turkish land."

"It reiterated that these 'serious' Turkish military attacks reflect Erdogan’s failure to handle the needs of the Turkish people who have rejected the Turkish government’s hostile policies against Syria as they also rejected the corruption which Erdogan is involved and uncovering the involvement which led to the Turkish people to take part in massive protests against Erdogan demanding the departure of his regime."

"'This escalation came in the framework of the aggressive policies of Erdogan’s government and its openly-provided support to the armed terrorist groups,' said the source, adding that the terrorist groups have taken up the Turkish lands as a shelter, springboard and arming center for them to kill innocent Syrians and destroy the infrastructure of the Syrian people."

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:07 | 4584502 Hovel Downs
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never is a very long time

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:29 | 4582453 TheReplacement
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Turkey would never want to be allied with Russia as Russia would dominate Turkey.  It works much better for them to be allied with Russia's rivals because they do not share a border.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 00:04 | 4584392 TheFutureReset
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What choice do they have? Stay aligned to the West and watch as they once again don't come the rescue of an ally? As the Euro zone stagnates or worse crumbles? 

No, I think Turkey can see the writing on the wall and will find a way to talk to Russia. A Russian brokered deal with Syria is a first step. Then a Black Sea Basin deal. Putin knows if he butters up Turkey they will have no choice but to accept. 

And don't forget about the Kurds. Russia could tell Turkey that they'll back Ankara if the Kurds want to follow the Crimean blueprint. Bottom line: Turkey has no choice. 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 01:14 | 4584513 Hovel Downs
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I don't like basting Turkey in butter, because the milk solids burn. Two exceptions... use clarified butter or baste with butter  towards the end of the cooking time to get nice browning if needed.  Or third choice nuke the fuck out of it.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:44 | 4582180 ghengis86
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Memories of an archduke from that region comes to mind...

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:47 | 4582183 strannick
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Maybe after Max has one hour of war, hell be less blasse

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:01 | 4582233 Max Hunter
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maybe if people had a brain they would know I was being sarcastic..

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:07 | 4582404 SilverDOG
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Yes, we do have brains.

Those who do not, need not gain, pro war. 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:00 | 4582221 skwid vacuous
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Elite Eight matchup between Sunni State and Shia U. should be a real barn-burner...

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:32 | 4582463 TheReplacement
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The sunnis exploded out to lead after the tip but the shia were able to make a game of it after a tremendous mahdi halftime speech by Ahmed Crazypants.  This game really went down to the wire folks.  In the end both Russia and the west won as both teams simply ran out of players.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:19 | 4582427 novictim
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Nice, Max...love the deadpan sarc.  LOL

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:21 | 4582802 Cat Sniper
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Grab your hat and gun and get to it soldier. LOL

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:40 | 4583821 11b40
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how about sharing personal observations from the war(s) you have taken part in.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:45 | 4582181 caconhma
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If Russia moves deeper into Ukraine and Turkey ignites a wider Middle the war, the USA will not be able to protect Israel.

Obama America has put itself in a very shitty situation!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:04 | 4582239 Theta_Burn
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Protect Israel? their first strike will make everyones head spin

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:48 | 4582351 Uncle Remus
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It'll be a short dance.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:47 | 4582349 Uncle Remus
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Bleeds? Leads.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 13:02 | 4582585 Dimons jock
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Might be a little off topic but that anchor is HAAWWWTTT!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 15:03 | 4582921 Isotope
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Naw, that kinda shit is never off topic. Everyone thinking the same.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:12 | 4582128 TideFighter
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Caught on Live Media (uh, huh), right! Bury the pilot at sea, quick.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:29 | 4582158 FlipFlop
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They not getting attention while Crimea is stealing all of it. Need to be on the news, no matter what.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:14 | 4582129 fonzannoon
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Talk to me goose.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:57 | 4582214 therover
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HA..just watched Top Gun last night !

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:59 | 4582220 KickIce
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Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:19 | 4582262 gmrpeabody
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Let's not forget the cargo plane full of rubber dog shit...

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:26 | 4582279 MontgomeryScott
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What's a 'chafing dish'?



Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:15 | 4582131 RacerX
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Talk about having a front-row seat.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:15 | 4582133 Cognitive Dissonance
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Let the Games begin.......again and again and again.

What good is a war machine if you ain't gonna use it?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:17 | 4582134 blabam
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Without the military it would be chaos and people would die! lol 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:20 | 4582141 The Gooch
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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:49 | 4582357 Uncle Remus
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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:21 | 4582142 Motorhead
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And w/o the military, no more destroying villages to save them!

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:51 | 4582364 Uncle Remus
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What? You think DHS is going to let all that ammo go to waste? Or militarized police with MRAPs? Phht. Not a chance.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:35 | 4582477 TheReplacement
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Oh you mean like the darkages when everyone got along famously and there was plenty for all?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:49 | 4582534 Emergency Ward
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Thank Allah, God, G_d, and our friends Nancy Pelosi and Peter King for keeping the lights on and for providing the feudal serfs with the TSA which keeps us safe and the NSA which protects our privacy.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:26 | 4582150 YHC-FTSE
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It's all so predictable.  2 months and a little over 3 weeks to go until the impossible chemical weapons deadline. 

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:35 | 4582165 RacerX
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sounds like you got the script in advance?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:07 | 4582244 Manipuflation
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I was going to say that those are not Turkish F-16s but rather American ones minus some avionics.

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:45 | 4582346 Cacete de Ouro
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I guess the Syrian jet must have had a little blue twittering bird painted on the side of the cockpit.

Remember that mad dog Erdogan is after all of the Twitters - "all of them"

"Twitter-schmitter, we will wipe all of them out"

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:36 | 4582480 TheReplacement
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How can you not pull for a guy who hates social media?

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 15:37 | 4583020 palmereldritch
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Those fires being lit under Erdogan in Turkey are his marching orders in Syria.

Watch how as Turkey does more of the heavy lifting in Syria the pressure at home will ease...pipelines...pipelines...there are new wars in the pipeline

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