MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti)
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Alleged top-secret Syrian intelligence documents recently obtained by Al Arabiya shed a new light on Russia’s role in the downing of a Turkish military jet in June by Syrian air defenses, the Saudi-owned news channel reported.
“Two Turkish pilots were captured by the Syrian Air Force Intelligence after their jet was shot down in coordination with the Russian naval base in (the Syrian city of) Tartus,” according to one of the documents released by Al Arabiya on Saturday as part of a special news program showcasing newly-leaked Syrian intelligence data.
The document was allegedly sent from President Bashar al-Assad’s office to Brig. Hassan Abdel Rahman, the chief of Syria’s Special Operations Unit.
A subsequently leaked file, also sent from the presidential palace and addressed to all heads of units of the Syrian foreign intelligence, said: “Based on information and guidance from the Russian leadership comes a need to eliminate the two Turkish pilots detained by the Special Operations Unit in a natural way and their bodies need to be returned to the crash site in international waters.”
Al Arabiya claims that these documents have been obtained with the assistance of members in the Syrian opposition and verified and authenticated by the channel’s experts.
The channel started on Saturday to air a two-week-long pre-recorded program, which reveals “the Iranian and Russian roles in aiding the Assad regime and the establishment of a joint command force which intervenes in all matters related to the Syrian crisis.”
The Russian government has not yet commented on Al Arabiya’s speculations.
A Turkish Air Force reconnaissance aircraft RF-4E left on June 22 from the Erkhach Air Base in Turkey’s southeastern Malatya Province and disappeared from radar screens a half hour later while in Mediterranean Sea airspace on the western border of Syria and Turkey’s Hatay province.
Syria said it downed the Turkish aircraft after it unlawfully entered the country’s airspace. Turkey, in turn, insisted the plane was shot down in international airspace and then its debris fell into Syrian territorial waters.
Ankara initially vowed a harsh response to Syrian actions, but later limited its reaction to sending military reinforcements to the common border with its former ally.
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- Panthera PardusDo they think we are all idiot ?16:01, 30/09/2012Al Arabiya ??
on google the string "owns al arabiya" auto-completes sign that many wonder about the autonomy and independence of this beacon of reliable and free news (the TV is owned from one of the most democratic and open country of the world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
but anyway, let's assume that the alleged killing/downing took place... I mean, can you believe that one writes a memo with cc: everybody ????
"sent from the presidential palace and addressed to all heads of units of the Syrian foreign intelligence"
using regular post, or even better, written on a postcard...
- arsanlupinCertainly not!20:58, 30/09/2012Of course no one can trust the reliability of a government-owned news agency - they are merely propaganda mouthpieces of their governments - right? Like "Pravda" ...
Although I certainly know that cc: all department heads within an agency's internal computer e-mail network is most certainly nothing like "cc: Everybody"
- xama226You cannot get more stupid than this23:51, 30/09/2012So two living pilots get eliminated
in a "natural way" and then divers go
deep in the sea and put them back into the seats of their plane. RIGHT?
- Nico IIIErm...14:53, 01/10/2012The Director General of Al Arabiya called for Assad's death some months ago...just in case anybody was wondering about its neutrality.
I imagine he has become increasingly frustrated at how the militants are being mown down in Syria. Lashing out, he attempts to smear Putin's position on Syria by producing "leaked intelligence" that directly implicates the president in the death of Turkish pilots.
“Based on information and guidance from the Russian leadership comes a need to eliminate the two Turkish pilots"
Not "the Russians", not "Russian officials", but "the Russian leadership".
Embarrassing. The Saudis should watch their lip.
- shanksinhaPrepostorous18:40, 01/10/2012Even if we are to believe in the authenticity of these documents (which they certainly are not), its difficult to understand the scenario described. How can the Syrian shoot down a fighter jet in co-ordination with the Russian base at Tartus? The facilities there are extremely basic out there with limited manning and have no air defense radar or communication equipment. The report is stupid in the extreme and malicious in intent.
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