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Turkish plane shot down in Syrian airspace, Pentagon confirmed

The Pentagon told the Wall Street Journal that the Turkish plane shot down by Syria, on 22 June 2012, was brought down by an anti-aircraft battery and not a surface to air missile.

The U.S. Department of Defense has thereby contradicted the Turkish version of the incident while corroborating the account provided by the Syrian government.

The Pentagon explained to the newspaper that the limited range of an anti-aircraft battery suggests that the aircraft had indeed been shot down in Syrian airspace. The F-4 Phantom model which was destroyed is generally used for intelligence missions. In addition, it said, the decision to use antiaircraft fire could have been made by a local commander, while that of firing a missile falls within the responsibility of the national military command.

On the strength of the Turkish version, the Atlantic Council strongly condemned Syria’s action stigmatizing it as another example of the “Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life.” The Pentagon revelations came after this condemnation. However, no meeting has been scheduled by the Atlantic Council to review the NATO’s position in the light of this new information. Although officially contradicted, the lie will linger on.

Reprinted from: voltairenet.org

URGENT – Syria: Foreign fighters amassing on Turkish and Jordanian borders


Damascus, 5:50 p.m. – Several hundred Libyan Al-Qaeda fighters (former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group) have arrived in recent weeks at various hotels in Amman (Jordan). They suddenly moved out on Friday, 16 March 2012 to relocate to an unknown destination.

Simultaneously, a coming and going of buses, throughout the days of Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of March, transported at least 2,000 combatants to a “refugee” camp in Hatay (Turkey). This ferrying continues, and is managed by the Turkish Army.

Colonel Riyadh Al Asaad, who had been temporarily assigned to house arrest following the Syrian-Turkish agreement of 7 February, is again in full command of the Free “Syrian” Army from Turkey.

It is estimated that the forces already assembled are constituted by 500 to 1000 Takfirists at the Jordanian border and between 2000 and 3000 at the Turkish border. No significant jihadi group has been reported at the Lebanese border, the Lebanese Army having dismantled in recent weeks an assembly area and a communications base.

Hundreds of foreign fighters still remain on Syrian soil after the fall of the Islamic Emirate of Baba Amr and the cleanup of Deraa and Idlib. Although totally disorganized and running out of steam, they are still capable of organizing these new troops attacks.

The Syrian National Army is in the process of strengthening its borders to prevent any infiltration into the country.

Reprinted from: voltairenet.org