Jack Shearing (2/11/17)
According to a Turkish state run news media publication, three Turkish soldiers were killed while serving in Syria when a Russian Fighter Jet accidently hit a Turkish military outpost building. Eleven other Turkish soldiers were injured by the bombing.
Turkey and Russia support opposing factions in Syria. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey has backed the Jihadi fighters attempting to unseat Basheer Bashar al-Assad’s regime which has received military support from President Putin.
Putin of course claims this was a tragic accident in a phone call between himself and Erdogan According to a Kremlin press statement, “Mr. Putin expressed his condolences over the tragic events that led to the deaths of several Turkish soldiers near Al-Bab”. Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov has also apologized to his Turkish Analog Hulusi Akar about the tragedy saying According to another press statement that reads, “Both leaders affirmed their readiness to continue active efforts to advance the Astana [Kazakhstan peace talks] and Geneva processes on resolving the Syrian conflict,”. I suspect however these apologies are just formalities because of the strange timing of the “tragedy”. You see, six weeks ago a Turkish terrorist assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey on live TV while he was giving a speech. Retaliating against Turkey immediately would trigger an international incident by escalating military tensions to critical dangerous levels. I suspect in order to avoid a potential international incident, Putin waited to avenge the fallen Russian statesmen.
The political leaders of both nations have publicly committed to fighting ISIS. Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish military operation to support the Jihadi Free Syrian Army has been in effect since August and continues to be in effect despite the Russian strike according to AA, the state run media.
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