Breaking: Russia blasts US shoot down of Syrian jet as violation of Intl. law

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Russia blasts US shooting down of Syrian jet as violation of intl. law

… from  Press TV,  Teheran

Update: 06-21-17: 9:07am EST: VT has independent confirmation via our own sources that the pilot is OK, and we are inquiring why Damascus is keeping him under wraps, not letting him tell his version of the shootdown, which seems strange in a way, but then often countries are not inclined to disclose all they know right away, for a variety of reasons.

Update: 06-20-17, 1:42pm EST: We have official confirmation that the pilot is safe, from Syrian MP Ammar al-Asad. It seems the government is keeping him under wraps.

Update: 06-20-17, 10:22am EST:  Still no photos, video, or an official Syrian government confirmation on the recovery of Captain Fahed, dead or alive, so we judge it highly unlikely that he has been recovered. We are monitoring the sources that should confirm his situation.

Update: 06-19-17,  9:00pm EST:  There have not been the expected photos and video of the rescued pilot, and reports are now emerging that the SDF has the pilot and is negotiating for his release. We will update when we have more confirmation…JD

The shot down Syrian pilot, Captain Ali fahd, survived and was rescued by the SAA. He will be able to tell his story.

Editor’s Note: The US policy in Syria is now clear as a bell. ISIS is being pushed out of Raqqa, even allowed to escape to continue fighting the Syrian Army. The US becomes the new landlord of the evacuated areas via its Kurdish proxies whom Washington can arm, provide offensive artillery and air cover right in the open.

As I had long predicted, the US Coalition would work to gain during the “ceasefire” what it could not win on the battlefield. It is having mixed success, other than in this NE Syria Kurdish area.

The Iraqi forces have hooked up with the Syrian military on the border, to contest the US attempt to control most of the Syrian-Iraqi border, a violation of a number of international laws and United Nations provisions.


The popular militias in Iraq are north of 100,000 strong, and all very experienced anti-terrorism fighters. Just a division of them attacking ISIS from the Al-Bukamal border crossing on the Euphrates, an attack from the rear so to speak, while the Syrians attack from the West, would give the ISIS jihadis no place to run to. It would also reduce Syrian and Iraqi casualties significantly.

To prevent future destabilization attempts by the West and the Gulf States using terrorist proxies, both Baghdad and Damascus understand that ISIS cannot be allowed safe haven on one side of the border to conduct attacks on the other. They are going to have an ongoing problem with suicide bombers as it is, after having paid a huge price of allowing them to fight in military formations capable of taking and holding large cities.

The destruction caused by this state-sponsored terrorism will take a generation to recover from, so the Western and Gulf terror supporters have made their point by showing what resistance to their domination can cost, to encourage other countries to submit. Somehow, they must be made to pay a price to discourage future attempts. As Gordon Duff so loves to say, “Welcome to how the world really works”… Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published  …  June 19, 2017

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has strongly condemned the United States for shooting down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet in Syria’s militant-held northern province of Raqqah as a “massive violation of international law and de facto military aggression.”

“This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law,” Ryabkov told the state-owned TASS news agency in Moscow on Monday.

He added, “What is this if not an act of aggression? It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is ostensibly fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy.”

Ryabkov’s remarks came a day after the Syrian army said that the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group had targeted one of its Sukhoi Su-22 warplanes over al-Rasafa area in the southern countryside of Raqqah Province.

The Syrian General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement that the military aircraft was on a combat mission against Daesh terrorists, noting that the pilot of the jet had gone missing after the “flagrant aggression.”

In return, the US-led Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement that pro-government Syrian forces had attacked the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the town of Ja’Din south of Tabqa, wounding a number of the US-backed militiamen and driving the rest from the town.

Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry has terminated its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace, stating that it will now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates River.

“The command of the coalition forces did not use the established communication channel for preventing incidents in Syrian airspace,” the Russian ministry’s statement read.

It added, “As a result, it now ends cooperation with the American side from June 19 based on a memorandum for prevention of incidents and ensuring safety of air flights during operations in Syria, and demands a careful investigation by the US command of the downing.”

“Any flying objects, including planes and drones of the international coalition, discovered west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as aerial targets by Russia’s air defenses on and above ground,” the statement pointed out.

On April 7, US warships in the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Shayrat Air Base in Syria’s Homs Province, which Washington alleged was the origin of a suspected chemical attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib Province earlier that month.

Washington has so far failed to provide any evidence to support the accusations, prompting criticisms from many countries and international intuitions for choosing to take unilateral military action hastily and without proof.

The strike drew the praise from anti-Damascus militant groups as well as the countries long viewed as their staunch supporters, including Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey.

Syria has categorically denied carrying out the purported gas attack, with Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem stressing that the Idlib airstrike had targeted a depot, where terrorists stored chemical weapons.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. We’re watching the beginning of WWIII pick up steam. After all of the provocations and mindless slaughtering of innocents, it’s amazing that it’s taken so long. It is insane that anyone who has spent more than twenty minutes thinking about Syria and I-CIA-SIS would blame Assad or Russia… after a couple of years, Russia has shown what a farce it was for the US to claim it was fighting ISIS since nearly the beginning after funding and training the Mujahideen and the many links between the CIA, Bush, et al and Muslim terrorist boogeymen.

  2. one just came to talk to me yet again about what grapes…they flat out refuse to get involved they say there is nothing they can do…this is HELL ..americans have become zombies

    • In the of the formation of the United States of America, here is what happened to trespassers who were found on lands without permission of the owners: They were shot on sight. Any questions were asked later if at all.

  3. Thank you Andrew B. I am fully aware of the logic of your argument. However each pilot, and in fact each member of our military takes an oath to comply with all laws; our Constitution does not authorize illegal inhumane acts by anyone as was done, for example in our own civil war over a century ago and is done today routinely by Trump the other day in Yemen and Syria but who would arrest and try and jail him? Isn’t this the basic problem? All we have is words via the 1st Amendment but words are more powerful than the sword. Some orders are illegal but of course rarely challenged because of the training of them to blindly follow orders or face punishment. I agree they would protect the name but there are ways to possibly discover him. His supervisor is likely well known. Trump is his ultimate supervisor. I eagerly await the news of a Russian missile shooting down one of the US jets don’t you? How long must we wait to read this news? I fear Putin does not want Moscow to be obliterated by an impulsive Trumpty Dumpty even if their missiles were en route to DC. So there we are.

  4. Another example of the USG acting as ISIS Air Force. If I was an American, I would be writing my public officials every day to let them know that as long as they are fighting shoulder to shoulder with terrorists, I will not be paying my taxes, because I am not ok with the government spending my hard earned money to protect dirtbag terrorists. It’s absolutely shameful and disgusting. Rain bombs on all US terrorists who are all illegally deployed in Syria. All those who make the decisions readrding US foreign policy and military deployments need to face war times tribunals asap.

    • Pfft. The American “elected officials” are almost exclusively puppets put up by money. I have written mine a fair few times about near and far things and been met with the same wall of nothing. They are bought and sold like almost all of the mainstream media, through which the public at large has been behaviorally trained into catatonic non-reasoning for many decades… such is the way of ALL empires.

    • More to the point, since the electronic voting machines, many elections in America have been flat-out rigged and backed up by the Ministry of Truth brainwashing.

    • From Rome, Nazi Germany, Babylon, the Aztecs, Spanish, British, it is always decay, moral, intellectual, and spiritual.

  5. THAT ‘SUN KING’ FEELING

    Headlines from today’s (6/19/2017) Haaretz.

    “UN sees spike in Israeli army meetings with Syrian rebels, warns of escalation | Israel reportedly providing direct aid, funding to Syrian rebels.”

    Glad to know Bibi has got Israel’s stool-pigeon McCain’s back if only to languish in the cowardly stink the octogenarian raises in continents he might rather avoid due to either fear of overpowering enemies or enemas, or in Putin’s opinion – both.

  6. It is now only a matter of time before warplanes start falling down other than those of the Syrian army or the supposed terrorist groups ones. And then the major shift begins.

  7. Yes, with America being the major supporter of state terrorism.
    America= the United States of terrorism.

  8. America no longer subscribes to international law, making it an outlaw state and there are consequences for being an outlaw. Sooner or later the price will be paid. The term exceptionalism is a fraud. America is not an exceptional nation. Far from it. The republic is dead. Democracy, is there ever was any, no longer exists. It is rules by war mongering oligarchs and israel. Its crimes against humanity are beyond the pale of any known in history.
    Trump is clearly unfit for office. Those who voted for this sorry excuse of a human being are now having buyer’s regret. He is losing support from his base even though he still has support, 60%approval are from rural areas, mostly ill informed and largely ignorant.
    What are the American people going to think when C-130s begin returning to Dover AFB, loaded with flag draped coffins? Who are they going to blame? The Syrian people? Russia? They certainly won’t be pointing the finger at israel or at John McCain or at Obama.

    • I never thought I would be supporting foreign nations above the U.S. but America is as dead as a doornail. I agree with the excellent statements of JohnZ and all the rest here and Jim too. I await Gordon’s always blunt but great comments on this crime by criminals running our country but directed by Israel half way around the world, the country Trump loves but kept quiet about during the campaign.

    • The US has always flouted international law, standards and agreements. They don’t sign agreements that nearly all the other countries of the world sign. Their mercenary army operates above international law. They are throughly perfidious.

      The MSM won’t report the flag draped coffins and no one will care as many of the dead will be from poor families from small town America.

    • My greetings, JohnZ!
      Many say that another criminal step of USA is a plan to nerve and to provoke Russia and Russia has no balls to answer. They write – Putin is a part of the world’s NWO, S-300/400 is the advertisement fake and so on. I should say just 1 thing: if Putin would act similar to all USA “heroic deeds” – we would have all of us killed already in a WW3.

  9. I urge the editors to identify the pilot of the U.S. jet which illegally downed the Russian plane and publish his name, place of origin, high school graduated from and college or other training so the public can learn who taught him to blindly follow illegal orders which contravene both national and international law. The U.S. is a trespasser in Syria and Congress has not declared war in Syria. This pilot is guilty of war crimes along with his supervisor (please also identify) along with Trump who has also already killed innocent civilians and children in Yemen and Syria as well as bombing the downed Osprey with dead remains inside.
    International arrest warrants must be issued for all these U..S. criminals. All illegal orders by US Generals and Trump must be questioned and refused by all US military personnel.

    • And xtian zionists across America will be thanking him for his service. Religion in America makes me puke.

    • wjabbe – hi! Unfortunately for your statement – it is impossible. The pilot fulfills the orders – what to hit or no. Modern reality. He is just a HQ soldier. Otherwise he would go under the military tribunal. Or run and land the jet at Russian airbase. So, the true criminals are those who gave an order. My dad was an high-altitude interceptor 1 class pilot (MIG-25, during the USSR epoch). We talked to him and he said – that pilot had no other way to act. We may say emotional words, but it changes nothing. Mil.plane vs mil.plane. Different story – when it was in Donbas, when Ukie jets ruined cities and villages with civilians only because “somewhere there was a sniper with a rifle” in the house.Absurd and criminal act. We know how massive the air-hit damage is on the ground. Those Ukie pilots are all known, ’cause many years before they were studying the flight profession together with Russian pilots. So, in this case every normal pilot would refuse to send air-to-ground missiles into the city blocks with people mass dwelling.

  10. For some crazy reason, Syrians & Assad think that Syria belongs to Syrians. Trump & U.S. disagree.

    Even as the U.S. supports the anti-Syria ‘moderate head choppers’ (IS/Daesh, Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda/al-Nusra affiliates), the Syria/Russia-led coalition continues to eliminate ALL terrorists.

    Trump, U.S. & Co. will either need to ‘get with the program,’ OR U.S. too will be eliminated from Syria.

  11. “the command of the coalition”…… who exactly are the cowardly “command of the coalition” breaking ALL international law hiding behind a US bully flag calling the shots?…. cowards all of them, not one will step forward in name …. a coalition in support of ISIS because this is ISIS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMUlTSmNu0c

    • Yes, identify all of these unindicted war criminals by name, rank and serial number and address so we fools in the public can tell them what we think of their totally illegal and unprofessional conduct likely directed from Israel which has hi jacked the U.S. government. This is totally disgraceful. Also Congress must immediately declare war and raise taxes to pay for their criminal war so the public will demand it be stopped. Printing and borrowing the money makes it too easy for them to conduct these illegal operations. Also draft the favored few at Harvard and Yale to spread the pain of war around to the rich as well as the poor.

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