US-Backed Rebels Release Video Of Dead Russian Pilot

Tyler Durden's picture

A few hours ago, Turkey decided that it would be a good idea to shoot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border. It was the first time in nearly 60 years that a NATO member has shot down a Russian warplane. 

There are competing accounts as to what led to the “incident”: 

  • Russia: “So far, we have not heard the reason for the crash of our attack aircraft from the Defense Ministry. We know for sure that the aircraft was in Syrian airspace, over the territory of Syria," 
  • Turkey: "We warned them to avoid entering Turkish airspace before they did, and we warned them many times. Our findings show clearly that Turkish airspace was violated multiple times. And they violated it knowingly.”

Here's the official statement from the Russian Defense Ministry (note they say it was shot down from the ground):

Today an aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed on the territory of Syria supposedly shot down from the ground.


The aircraft was flying at the altitude of 6 000 metres. The status of the Russian pilots is being defined.


According to the preliminary data, the pilots managed to eject from the warplane.


The circumstances of the crash are being defined.


During all the flight time, the aircraft was flying only within the borders of the Syrian territory. That was registered by objective monitoring data.

So, as The Kremlin contemplates how best to respond to what is quite clearly the most serious escalation to date in Syria’s multi-sided, five-year civil war, the search is on for the two Russian pilots who ejected as the plane went down. Needless to say, just about the last place you want to be running around if you’re a fighter pilot is Syria.

But the search for the two men may be a lost cause. According to a video sent to Reuters, by “a Syrian rebel group”, at least one of the pilots is dead. Here's the official word from AFP:

AP says the pilot was dead before he hit the ground.

The footage “appears to show a Russian pilot immobile and badly wounded on the ground,” Reuters says, adding that the rebels can be heard saying “a Russian pilot”, and “God is great” in the background. Here's the clip:

ISIS is not known to operate in the region, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army. 

Now, both Moscow and Ankara are scrambling to figure out next steps. Frants Klintsevich, deputy head of Russia's upper house security and defense committee called the act “extremely agressive,” and says "NATO countries are trying to demonize Russia and discredit its actions against international terrorism." “This is a provocation," he added, but did say that direct confrontation with Turkey would be "absurd." 

For his part, State Duma Deputy Speaker Nikolai Levichev says Russia should cut off air traffic to Turkey and evacuate Russian citizens.

Meanwhile, Turkey contends that it wouldn't have mattered whose jet it was, it would have been shot down regardless for violating the country's airspace. "Before the downing of the jet, Turkey repeatedly warned an unidentified aircraft that it was 15km (9.3 miles) or fewer away from the Turkish border. The aircraft didn’t heed the warnings and proceeded to fly over Turkey; Turkish Air Force responded by shooting it down. Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet was in line with clearly defined military rules of engagement and wasn’t an action against any specific country," an official told Bloomberg by text message. 

So we suppose if that were say, a Saudi warplane, Turkey would have shot it down too. 

Here's a second video released by the FSA:

That would of course be the same FSA that's backed by the US and the same FSA who is allied with al-Nusra with whom the group shares American and Saudi-supplied TOWs and other advanced weaponry (see here).

As The Telegraph notes, "Alwiya al-Ashar [who fight with the FSA] is one of around a dozen Turkmen groups fighting alongside Syria's rebels. It is linked to a Turkish and CIA-backed logistics supply programme that funnels a near-constant stream of small arms, ammunition, and cash for salaries to rebel groups across northern Syria.

So just to be clear on what's happened here in case the gravity of the situation is somehow lost on anyone, a NATO member from whose airbase the US is flying combat missions, just shot down a Russian fighter jet and the US-backed, al-Qaeda aligned FSA has released not one, but two videos depicting their fighters dancing over the body of a dead Russian pilot while shouting "Allahu Akbar" and holding up the "we're number one" hand signal.

Here's a tweet from Turkey's ambassador to the US:

Translation, "now understand, Turkey's words and warnings should be heeded. Do not test its patience, try to win its friendship."

NATO has called an emergency meeting to discuss. 

Tensions between Putin and Erdogan were already going south quickly over the Assad issue (Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky declined to comment on prospects of Turkish Stream pipeline talks when asked over the phone by Bloomberg). We can't wait to see where things go from here...

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IPURDOM75's picture

let the war begin!

sushi's picture

Putin will likely declare a No FLy zone over Syria enforced by S-400's and SU-35's.

Then he is likely to drop a tonnage on the Free Shit Syrian Army.

No more USUS dropping 500 toms of arms and ammo to friendly camels in the desert

TheSheepWolf's picture

Seems like a good idea. No vacation for Russian tourists in Turkey as a bonus.

Latina Lover's picture

Why do i get the feeling that somehow Netanyahoo benefits from this incident?

schatzi's picture

this allahu akbar screaming grates on my fucking nerves

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I distance myself from our muslim President.


Putin, take those assholes out.

greenskeeper carl's picture

I wish people would stop with the 'Obama is a Muslim' nonsense. It distracts from the issues. I highly doubt Obama believes in any religion whatsoever. He is a progressive and a facist. The ONLY god allowed with people like that is the state. The progressives do not like any competing loyalties. He worships at the alter of ever increasing government power, no where else.

walküre's picture

Barrack Hussein Obama is a muslim name. He is muslim.

The Black Bishop's picture

Regime change Turkey!

Fuck those motherfuckers! Russia should wipe the floor with those fucking goons. And get rid of that fucking jew Jens Stoltenberg already. Those chosenites pop up fucking everywhere.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Can anyone shut those fucking baboons up, geez are you kidding me.

NidStyles's picture

I agree, this is in rather poor taste. 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

The Nightmare Before Christmas?

Four chan's picture

he is the son of a coal burner and a kenyon, raised in malaysia by muslims and brain warped by that nut in chicago every sunday. he is a fucking junk heap with zero european heritage or pride and is unable at any level to relate to americans or speak ill of his muslim brothers and criminal sons.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



If it looks like a's a duck.

Whoa Dammit's picture

This is all about Erdogan's son's ISIS oil sales. Simple as that.

Calmyourself's picture

Muslim, Christian, black, white, pink polkadots who gives a shit?  He is trying to destroy my country using fabian marxism,MIC, progressive social policies, attacks on organized religion, morality, unlimited immigration in league with war mongering zionazi neocon pricks..

 Lets have scholars decide what he is later for now lets just resist any way we can.

MasterControl's picture

Secular marxist.
Islam is his grease. 

DeadFinks's picture

He needs a way to fit 1.2b Muslims into his NWO. Of course he sees himself as the leader/major facilititor of the Masters' collectivist vision.


He is a Marxist muslim just like his dear old Daddy that he yearns for in "Dreams FROM my father"

mtl4's picture

This is what they are after sports I believe it's called instigating (with the enforcer waiting in the wings to drop the gloves being the NATO).......war is a great way to distract from the global financial meltdown beginning to take hold now.

skistroni's picture

Are you talking about Erdogan? 

Regardless of their actions and allegiances, I always said publicly here in Greece that Erdogan and Putin are the only nation leaders with balls in today's world. Guess we're about to find out who's got the bigger pair of the two. 

barndoor's picture

Turkey says the jet was over its territory, while the Russians say that it was over Syria.

Here's the question; in what country did the plane crash?  

If it crashed in Syria, which would seem to be the case, then it was likely in Syrian at the time it was hit (either that or very close and heading in the right direction).

This is fucked up.


If you look at the flight path, it appears that the aircraft overflew Turkish airspace for probably a minute or 2 which is all the Turks needed. Of course you know they did not do this without Obama's green light.  

The US is supporting ISIS and in jeopardy of having a NATO state start a war over protecting terrorists. The world has turned upside down


moratar's picture

Putin is muslim? Since when.

RiverRoad's picture

+100   VinceFostersGhost

And make that our muslim radical islamist sympathizer aider and abettor President.

godiva chocolate's picture

Take out our asshole muslim president too.

walküre's picture

It actually translates that "our god is the greatest" and hence their logic that all muslims are superior to everyone else.

The least humane ideology ever conceived by man. A child fucking warmongering asshole named Mohammed has brought nothing but war and destruction whereever he rode.

Islam is peace by the sword. Arguments are won by decapitation. Sharia is imposed on everyone and nobody dares to have critical or opposing views. Sharia is already here in the US.

The fact that Islam is not banned outright is a sign that Sharia works. There are millions of a silent muslim majority who will never speak up against the fanatics because of Sharia.

Islam is fucked up beyond anything else. The reason why once prosperous cultures which were the birthplace to innovative thought are now shitholes is because of Islam. Just look at the time line since inception of Islam and the spread of this mind numbing skull fucking ideology.

The muslim cannot think free. He is a paralyzed man in a spiritual cage. There cannot be progress in the Islamic world because Sharia forbids it.

Ban Islam in Europe and North America. Have a few painful years, maybe decades but get rid of the spiritual cancer. Allow future generations to be free thinking and free determining individuals.

mtl4's picture

If you ban people from thinking a certain way, are they really free?!


Seems more like the current problem is radicalisation.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Yes. Ban things. How very American. I'm sure you've bitched about govt overstepping it's authority on here before, well guess what - it works both ways. You sound like a good little facist though- have you considered applying for a job with your local Gestapo branch?

Stop destroying these middle eastern countries. And stop importing these people into our countries. It's that simple. They can behead each other all they want as long as they keep it over there.

Calmyourself's picture

GREAT: just keep it over there, perfect!

walküre's picture

You're new to this fight. Islam has fucked up the ME many centuries before the US got involved. True, the US has maybe escalated the problem by taking down Saddam or Ghaddafi but their days were numbered anyway.

Islam is the problem, has been the problem since inception. Nothing gets done under Sharia. It paralyzes men, families, communities and entire nations.

DeadFinks's picture

We can hate Islam and still love Muslims. We should be looking at ways to destroy the cult.

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) walküre Nov 25, 2015 1:39 AM

"Islam is the problem, has been the problem since inception."

Keep believing that, moron. You're being played like a fiddle.

walküre's picture

we banned fascism and particularly Nazism in Germany because the ideology is inhumane

eforce's picture

Something in which the West has promoted in order to prevent real Arab nationalism so they can exploit the region.

It's rather primative of people to blame Islam or any religion for such behavior, almost all religions have at least some part which can be exploited by fanatics.

Four chan's picture

zombies can never again, be truly alive.

Calmyourself's picture

Walkure speaks TRUTH.  So does Churchill

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity."

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) Calmyourself Nov 25, 2015 1:43 AM

"So does Churchill"

Oh, you've personally been to many different Muslim nations, and can therefore confirm Churchill's biased thoughts?'re just another idgit wanker getting your "facts" force fed down your throat from a jar of baby food, because you're too much of a stupid asshole to think for yourself.

Have fun with World War 3, fuckwit.



Calmyourself's picture

Gladius you big internet tough guy.. I have been all over and seen much.  I have my own opinions of Islamic hell holes, their warped thought patterns and devotion to apathy and ennui, but Churchill says it better then me.  WW3 will not be triggered by Islamic fuck wits but by our use of them as useful idiots you know like you.. See you when the fun starts..


Cullture not color is the key now take ownership, its simple.

barndoor's picture

If what you are saying is true, why not cut to the chase an ban all religious observance?

I, for one, would welcome not having to hear from the Westboro Baptist Church ever again.  That would be worth the price of admission right there.

Listen - if the framers of the US Constitution got it TOTALLY WRONG on freedom of religion, then perhaps they were wrong about some other stuff also.  What else should go?

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) barndoor Nov 24, 2015 9:35 AM

Funny how only 15 years of US government/US media official narrative scaremongering with Islam bogeyman now reduced Americans to begging for rescind their constitution. Okay sad not funny.

Land of free? Yearning for totalitarian dictature. Home of brave? Cowering in fear.

Undeserving of liberty, their government will fulfill their desires.

Calmyourself's picture

Ony Leftist idiots call for that type of action

gladius17's picture
gladius17 (not verified) barndoor Nov 25, 2015 1:45 AM

Whoa, whoa, WHOA now! Let's just ban the other guy's religion. Not ours. Silly.

Max Steel's picture

Su-24 shot down by AA missile four km inside Syrian territory. 

 Putin: Turkey attacked Russian Su-24

 about the incident with su-24: RF treated Turkey as a friendly country

??? ???????

Rubicon's picture

All western military aircraft flying over Syria are now targets... legally.

ghengis86's picture

Wasn't that always the case? If I recall, Russia is the only country explicitly invited by Syria.

Rubicon's picture

Indeed. But if airspace is so fucking important Vlad will do his duty.