Assad Slams US Bombing Of Government Troops As Turkey Accuses Russia Of Violating Montreux Treaty

Tyler Durden's picture

On Saturday, the Russian warship Caesar Kunikov passed through the Bosphorus Strait.

On deck, a soldier could be seen wielding a rocket launcher:

“For a Russian soldier to display a rocket launcher or something similar while passing on a Russian warship is a provocation,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, adding that if Turkey “perceives a threat” Ankara “will give the necessary response.” 

It’s not clear what the “necessary response” is to the brandishing of a shoulder surface-to-air missile on the deck of a ship, but for those who might have missed it, the Bosphorus is one of Turkey’s only trump cards when it comes to countering the Russians who at this point seem determined to permanently impair Ankara’s international reputation by implicating Erdogan in Islamic State’s lucrative cross-border oil trade. 

Closing the strait would mean cutting one of Moscow’s key supply routes to Latakia, which would in turn force The Kremlin to either take a longer sea route or resupply the base by air. As we noted on Sunday, blocking the Bosphorus would technically be illegal, but that wouldn’t likely stop Erdogan if he became inclined to limit passage. 

Well, in what has become a petty back-and-forth game of mutual escalation, Turkey now says Russia violated the Montreaux Treaty by placing a soldier with a shouldered rocket launcher on the deck of a warship as it passed through the strait. 

It was “a clear provocation” Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim says. Turkey “is capable of taking necessary precautions if threatening or provocative behavior continues,” he added. 

Yes, "threatening or proocative behavior” much like sending 150 ground troops and two dozen tanks into a sovereign country with no invite - which, you’re reminded is exactly what Turkey did in Iraq on Friday. 

In any event, Turkey seems to be looking for excuses here. Sure, placing a serviceman on deck with a shouldered surface-to-air missile isn’t exactly a friendly display, but Ankara did just shoot down a Russian fighter jet, so it’s not as if Russia has nothing to fear from the Turks.

Between Turkish aggression and the fact that the Bosphorus has emerged as a key issue in the ongoing spat makes it not at all surprising that Moscow would resort to a bit of chest beating while passing through the strait. 

Meanwhile, the Syrian government says US warplanes attacked SAA positions for the first time since the conflict began, prompting a swift response from Damascus (or from wherever the government is conducting its business these days).

The strike allegedly took place in Paris mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s old fiefdom of Deir ez Zor. As RT reports, “the coalition jets fired nine missiles at an army camp” killing three and wounding a dozen. “Syria strongly condemns the act of aggression by the US-led coalition that contradicts the UN Charter on goals and principles. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent letters to the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council.” 

"This hampers efforts to combat terrorism and proves once again that this coalition lacks seriousness and credibility to effectively fight terrorism," Syria's letter to the United Nations says.

Hilariously, Washington says it has no idea what Syria is talking about: “We’ve seen those Syrian reports but we did not conduct any strikes in that part of Deir ez Zor yesterday. So we see no evidence,” coalition spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said. This is the same Steve Warren who said it's "beyond ridiculous" to suggest that the US is tacitly supporting ISIS. Similarly, Lt. Col. Kristi Beckman, director of public affairs at the Combined Air Operations Center at al-Udeid air base in Qatar, told AP that although he's "aware" of the incident, he doesn't "have any indication that the strikes killed Syrian soldiers."

Of course somebody bombed the SAA position and it damn sure wasn't the Russians, and since ISIS doesn't have an air force, there's really only one explanation as to whose planes were involved. Whether or not the strike was intentional or whether the US thought they were bombing ISIS (which controls the area) is an open question.

So, two questions emerge: 1) will Turkey use the rocket launcher "incident" as an excuse to limit passage in the Bosphorus, and 2) was the coalition strike on Syrian troops intentional, and if so, will "accidents" like this become par for the course in eastern Syria?

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Global Hunter's picture

The Americans/NATO don't even try to hide their war crimes any longer.  Long Nuremburg style trials (if we are so lucky). 

Morbid's picture

that rocket guy is wearing non-russian military clothing.. why?

Money Counterfeiter's picture

Zionist desperate for war.  Burn in hell MF.

UndergroundPost's picture

Turkey supports ISIS for oil and to oust Assad. NATO supports Turkey as a card carrying member. US supports NATO as its defacto military might. Ipso facto, US supports ISIS, despite Barry's blathering to to the contrary.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

So, under what circumstance does Russia fire an S-400 missile at US jets?

Sandmann's picture

How does one tell it is a US jet ? Do they look like F16s shooting down an Su-24 in Syria ?

NoDebt's picture

It's a potato cannon.  Photo looks.... weird.  What's casting him in shadow?

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Those damn Spud-nik launchers

Muddy1's picture

Obama wants gun control to control the masses in Amerika, and to fight terrorism. I think it's time to get his trigger happy finger ALL US weapons. He's the CinC and under his orders more civilians have been killed by him than any mass shooter in the US.

Socratic Dog's picture

Veterans Today is reporting that the attack was absolutely intentional, and carried out by by British jets.

The only calm heads in this thing seem to be owned by Iran, Russia, and Syria.  The NATO powers are all out of control.  Is this what it looked like n the runnup to WWII?  The future "good guys" were the ones out of control?

History is written by the victors.  God is on the side of the Big Batallions.

Bananamerican's picture

"the Syrian government says US warplanes attacked SAA positions for the first time since the conflict began"

?

dtwn's picture

The tower to the right of him.

SubjectivObject's picture

Conceivably, the mast to the right.

Operator may be keeping the sun out of his eyes.

Baby Bladeface's picture

"

It's a potato cannon."

Then is confirmed photoshopping. Only is potato cannon deployed by Latvian navy.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

No.  Alpha Delta Theta men fire potato cannon at Idaho State football game.

SWRichmond's picture

Looks like a SA-7 Strelka2, just saying "Fuck You" to Erdogan.

-.-'s picture

“We’ve seen those Syrian reports but we did not conduct any strikes in that part of Deir ez Zor yesterday. So we see no evidence."

 

Thank Mr. Durden for this great example of the contemporary art of Double Speak (also known as "FED speak" during/after FOMC meetings)! 

Baby Bladeface's picture

"

So we see no evidence."

Reminds of humour style the Three Stooges:

"You can see anything?"

"No, can see not anything!"

"What is happened?!"

"I my eyes closed."

Blankone's picture

From Hoarder:  "So, under what circumstance does Russia fire an S-400 missile at US jets?"

Under no circumstances provided Russian troops or bases are not directly attacked.

For a week now we have had to suffer the new Putin fans claims that Russia had established a no-fly zone, that all flights had to be preapproved by Russia, that Putin had drawn a red line (Yet Another!!).  We even had articles how Putin's jets and now the S400 had a grip over a wide region that extended outside Syria.  Any jet that did not comply would be shot down.  We even had to listen to them repost claims that Syria has the S300 system, those claims that have been proven to be false and even denied by Russia.  Turkey, who recently shot down a Russian jet in Syria and boasted about it, has moved some troops into Syria - and Putin is too afraid to even attack Turkey in Syria.

Now we know it is all false.  They flew jets in and directly bombed, not just Syrian/Hezbollah/Iranian troops, but one of their established bases.  And what from the Russians - NOTHING!!   The attacks involved repeat attacks by the jets, and no S400 fired not Russian confrontation no protection of any kind by Russia.

Hezbollah needs to be very careful.  Russia/Putin has worked with NATO to set up Russia's "allies" in the past for an easier kill (Serbia, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria).  Russia may be luring Hezbollah away from home and into the open and then watch (again) as their "allie" is destroyed.

SWRichmond's picture

This is of course why Turkey has moved troops into Syria: they can claim to be fighting ISIS, but they hope to get some troops killed in a Russian airstrike.

G.O.O.D's picture

no way in hell this thing dont go hot and blow up into a real mess. the asshats running our mic had better gtfo and leave that area alone. too bad they are in their bunkers itching to pull the nuclear trigger. these people are nothing but mad dogs and we are so screwed.

 

even so, come Lord Jesus.

 

You are our only hope ob1canobie.

spellbound's picture

@ GOOD

 

We are so fooked because so many like you have been brainwashed into believing in invisible father figures in the sky who will come to the rescue instead of helping yourselves instead. Time to grow out of your pampers and stop indulging in fantasies of imaginary teddy bears.

TuPhat's picture

Time for you to get unspellbound and find out what life is really all about.

SilverDOG's picture

Darkness brings fathers and teddy bears down from above.

They are so cuddly, so touching.

Analog's picture

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Ana

G.O.O.D's picture

O I C.. humans are becoming so new age and awake?  Too bad the Bible nails everything that has happened and is happening throughout the ages.

 

But I suppose you will argue the old worn out crap about people making it happen.. Like ww2 so Israel can become a nation?

 

Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!

 

Oh .. well that never happens..

Blankone's picture

From Good - "no way in hell this thing dont go hot and blow up"

No worries here - That dog (Russia/Putin) won't hunt (NATO).  Ever, unless you invade his dog house.  Otherwise, NATO can walk up and eat his food and walk away while he sits.

Lex_Luthor's picture

Because he's photoshopped in.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

+1. Yep

Shades of Life Mag cover and Oswald.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Correct.  Someone here observed yesterday that when you blow up (zoom in) the head and do a pixel analysis, the photoshop effects are evident.

Also, why would a Russian sailor wear typical ISIS clothing?

According to Spock, "It's time for Russia to use active, gimballed lasers that scan for and target enemy optics (cameras, etc), especially if it has a reticle. Look for a Retro-Reflection Cross-section (RRX) in the VIS and NIR. If your system is good, you should be able to get a good enough image of the reticle, to determine what type of optics is looking at you."

MadVladtheconquerer's picture

Plausible deniability.  Or simply under a shadow.  He's dressed exacty as the guy in the foreground.

 

Fed_is_Love's picture

Turkey snuck in a jihad on a Russian destroyer. 

bada boom's picture

Yeah, I am starting to think this is the,

"Beginning of the beginning of the end of the beginning"

Robbie Robertson

The Band, The Last Waltz

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Assad should ask for a No-Fry Zone.

Alas the US believes in Freedom Fries. Or is it Freedumb Fries?

junction's picture

Figure the next false flag attack to target Chicago, to save Obama's henchman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  Since Chicago police are trigger-happy, the attack will probably involve an IED using RDX explosive, just like the Boston Marathon bombing.

GeezerGeek's picture

So now we have to invoke the 2nd amendment to carry pressure cookers?

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Big_Sister_Is_Watching's picture

I used to wonder what it was like for those Germans with the clear view watching as Hitler took them step by step towards war, knowing there was nothing they could do to stop it.

That is how I feel now.  I see the confusion and programming in most of the people around me who still believe what they read in their particular choice of MSM.  Conservatives who are convinced that it is incompetence and Naivete by Obama, not calculated moves by the people for whom Obama is a front man.

Try to convince your neighbor, or friend that ISIS is a Trojan Horse created to allow Western powers to manipulate and reshape the global political and military landscape... scare citizens into compliance... and they smile with and nod glazed patronizing looks, or outright call it nonsense and site sources... in the MSM.

Nothing can be done, they are taking us to war and resistance is truly futile.

Omen IV's picture

I agree that they are getting away with all the propaganda despite the internet's capacity to check very easily the MSM / Obama mime - on so many subjects.

people are both lazy and really dont want to know the truth - Jack Nicholson said: "You cant handle the Truth" in that JAC movie  - perhaps in the end that is what it is all about - people desperately need to create stability around them by avoidance.

Sure a large part is stupidity -  but you can find people you respect their education and / or intellect and then you get the same reaction / result.

I have never realized until recently, it is very brave - compared to the overwhelming majority of people - to think / to challenge / to "not" believe and substitue another order.

Representative Democracy does not work - not just because of the corruption of the Representative but more importantly the Citizen doesnt want his responsibilities. When it gets really bad they "react" and substitute the same people doing the same thing with a different brand with a few changes

You can be compelled to know the truth but most are not - there is safety in not knowing

Prophet of Rage's picture

+1000.... Such a good comment.

Totentänzerlied's picture

"Long Nuremburg style trials (if we are so lucky). "

Even if you believe 100% of the popular court history of WW2, the Nuremberg tribunal and everything else that happened after the fall of Berlin was nonetheless a transparent and total farce.

Latina Lover's picture

The image is fake.  Why would a military vessel, with far, far more potent weapons,  require someone to stand on board with a surface to air system?

This is how our cartoonish USSA government works, using 2nd rate hollywood props to push a propaganda line.

Ghordius's picture

why? one of the many ways to flip a bird, for example

but how do you attribute this piece of propaganda, if indeed it's fake, to the USA?

who tells you it isn't a private person behind it, for example?

or an energy corporation? or a "rogue NGO"? or a Saudi Prince that does not tell his King that he is putting billions into propaganda? or one that does, but it's held at "arm's lenght" and so deniable? or any oligarch, be him Ukrainian, American, European, Turk, Middle-Eastern, Chinese or even... Australian?

propaganda can have lots of sources, and is also often recycled. hence the importance of holding tight to facts, in geopolitics

fact is that Turkey's government is using this photo for it's purposes

Latina Lover's picture

Turkey may appear to be using this photo for its own purposes, but can and will do nothing without instructions from Washington.  Like the Ukraine, Turkey is hiding under the skirt of the USSA/NATO.  Or do you really believe that Turkey would commit a blatant act of war by shooting down a russian jet in Syria?  Even if the russian jet was in Turkey for 17 seconds, how did that threaten Ankara?

Lost_River's picture

It was an ambush, and as you say, an act of war.  See: http://harpers.org/blog/2015/12/mountain-ambush/

The Turkish F-16 loitered in the area until the SU-24 was on it's second bombing run and clearly over Syria to launch the attack.  If this analysis of the evidence by Pierre Sprey is correct, I think Putin has demonstrated remarkable restraint. 

Ghordius's picture

methinks this "without instruction from Washington" is a remnant from the short period of Hyper-Power US Global Hegemony

I'm old enough to remember NATO, for example, not following every instruction from Washington. or France even leaving NATO for a while

the Global Hegemony thing was greatly aided by the internet and the NSA... until shady characters (like me) "rediscovered" mechanical typewriters and the joys of letters

shooting one plane is a terrible thing. but I am also old enough to remember times when this wasn't seen as a casus belli, a valid "reason for war"

imo those times are back. welcome back to the past

Guitarbill's picture

With a "real" russian soldier standing in front of him. Really?