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Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Jet to Support AlQaeda Offensive

AlQaeda offensive- AFP

The downing of a Syrian jet by Turkey was not an isolated incident but part of a major offensive by AlQaeda affiliated groups Jabhat Al Nusra and Ahrar Al Sham against a Syria-Turkey border crossing.  Turkey has been supporting AlQaeda’s attack on the Kassab border crossing, the only crossing that was still held by the Syrian Military. While the AFP did report that the group involved in the attack was the AlQaeda faction Jabhat Al Nusra , this fact has not made it to any mainstream media headline.

AlQaeda forces involved in Attack - AFP
AlQaeda forces involved in Attack – AFP

Jabhat Al Nusra, are also actively being given safe haven by turkey. The  map below shows the AlQaeda Camp within the Turkish Border from which the attack on the Kassab border crossing came. AlQaeda militants also brazenly videotaped themselves walking right through the Turkish Kassab border gate into Syria without any harassment from Turkish Guards.

kassab border crossing

Another AlQaeda offshoot fighting along side Jabhat Al Nusra in the offensive is ‘Ahrar Al Sham’. While the rebel group is not yet designated AlQaeda by the US State Department, the group was founded by Abu Khaled as-Suri,  Al Zawahiris ambassador to Syria.  Ahrar Al Sham was described as ‘AlQaeda worth befriending’ by the Council on Foreign relations (CFR) Washington’s premier think tank.  Charles Lister fellow at of the Brookings institute tweets video of Ahrar Al Sha’am taking part in the attack on Latakia.

The Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashaar Al Jaafari has filed a letter to the UN Secretary-General and the head of the Security Council about Turkey’s aid to terrorist groups. has It was reported that Turkey had begun shelling inside Syrian Soil to back the offensive on the border point. Turkish artillery and tanks target Syrian positions, and Turkish special forces have been observed in the region. A Lebanon based Satelite channel AlMayadeen TV reported that the Syrian Army launches a counterattack on the border point Nabie Al Murr with Turkey , along with a dense artillery cover. In response to the Syrian defensive measures against the AlQaeda attack, Turkey downed a Syrian Jet that was firing on the AlQaeda militants from Syrian Airspace. Turkey’s claims that the Syrian Jet violated Turkish airspace is contradicted by the fact the plane crashed over Syrian land as shown in a video posted by AlQaeda in the area. The pilot managed to safely eject and was picked up in Syria, was interviewed by Syrian state TV.

Ahrar al Sham behead syrian soldier after they over run Kasaab
Ahrar al Sham behead syrian soldier after they over run Kasaab
AlQaeda rockets fall on Latakia province, killing 7 and injuring 30.
AlQaeda rockets fall on Latakia province, killing 7 and injuring 30.

The AlQaeda attack and take over of Kassab border crossing has caused up to 2000 to 6000 Armenian Syrians to flee the area. Mass looting and destruction of religious sites was reported by residents. Once again becoming refugees due to Turkish government like their ancestors who fled the Armenian Holocaust. No mention in the BBC on NATO’s open support to AlQaeda groups. The attack comes in the backdrop of mass rallies against the Turkish president Erdogan, who recently banned Twitter. The Battles are on going with the Syrian military inflicting heavy losses on AlQaeda militants.[author image=”” ]Syrian Activist and Blogger Mimi Al Laham[/author]

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    وهنا مقبرتهم الارهابيين ان شاء الله. الله يحميك ياأسد العرب. الف تحية للبطل المعلم. الله محيي الجيش العربي السوري . ألله يحرقهم وبلادهم معهم وإهما السعوديه الله يزلزل الأرض من تحتها يآرب وينتقم من ال سعود بجاه اسمه الودود . اللهم أمييييين يارب


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