Russia Just Announced What Brought Down Airliner- Putin Vows To Do THIS To ISIS

Last month, a passenger plane headed from Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.

Both U.S. and British intelligence indicated that the cause of the crash was terrorism, but Egypt denied it.

Now, evidence has been released indicating that the cause of the crash was in fact terrorism, according to a Russian analysis of the debris at the crash site.

On Tuesday, Alexander Bortnikov, leader of Russian security service FSB, told Russian president Vladimir Putin that a homemade bomb blew up the plane shortly after it took off.

He also said that traces of explosives were found in the plane’s debris.

Speaking to reporters, Bornikov said that the bomb was equivalent to more than two pounds of TNT, “which caused the plane to break up in the air, which explains why the fuselage was scattered over such a large territory. I can certainly say that this was a terrorist act.”

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in multiple web messages, including written statements, video messages, and audio messages.

ISIS stated that the terrorist attack was in retaliation for Russia’s air campaign in Syria, in which Russia has targeted ISIS and other groups on behalf of the Syrian government.

A $50 million award has been promised for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the bombing, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.

Speaking of the terrorists involved in the bombing, Putin said: “There’s no statute of limitations for this, we need to know all their names. We’re going to look for them everywhere wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any place on Earth and punish them.”

Putin also spoke about Russia’s air campaign in Syria on Tuesday, saying that it “should not only be continued but should be intensified so that the criminals realize that retribution is inevitable.”

French President Francois Hollande will be visiting Moscow on November 26th to meet with Putin.

Putin spoke to Hollande by phone and has ordered the Russian navy to establish contact with a French naval force heading to the eastern Mediterranean and treat them as allies.

Putin stated: “We need to work out a plan with them of joint sea and air actions.”

Massive Discovery In Wreckage Of Crashed Russian Plane Could Finally Solve The Mystery

The Russian jet shot down over Egypt may have been brought down by a bomb that was planted near one of the plane’s fuel lines and detonated through the use of a timer. An “airport insider” is the likely source of the bomb, Fox News reported.

Fox News Thursday quoted sources as saying that they have uncovered references to a “two-hour timer” in their investigation of the crash. It was unclear if this was from communications among terrorists or from physical evidence.

One theory of the explosion is that terrorists planted the bomb inside the aircraft while it was on the ground in Egypt. The bomb, so the theory goes, was planted around the spot where the plane’s fuel line connects to the engine. In this scenario, the fuel would have burned away any explosive residue. This conforms to evidence uncovered at the scene.

“If proven accurate, if ISIS did put a bomb on this aircraft which I believe to be true, it’s a new chapter with respect to ISIS,” said Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas.

“We always assumed Al Qaeda had this capability but now if ISIS has this capability, the threat to American airlines as well and our homeland, I think is very significant,” he said.

The plane was blown up about 23 minutes into the flight. Fox News reported that investigators are now focused on who had access to the plane in a “90-minute window” before takeoff. Investigators have focused upon ground crews and those with access to the departure lounge at Sharm el-Sheikh, the airport from which the doomed plane took off on Oct. 31.

h/t: Fox News

Islamic State Commits Biggest Act Of Terror Since 9/11, Says More Will Follow

A week after a Russian plane with 224 passengers and crew members aboard crashed in a desolate area in the northern Sinai desert in Egypt, investigators have come to the conclusion that the Airbus 321 was indeed downed by a bomb.

Western Journalism was the first media outlet to report that the plane had been downed by Waliyat Sinai, the Islamic State branch in the Sinai Peninsula. We based our preliminary conclusions on video evidence and audio recordings of conversations between the pilots that were found in the so-called black box, as well as satellite images.

Now, investigators confirm our conclusions and say it’s for 90% sure a bomb that was smuggled aboard brought down the plane, Reuters reported on Sunday.

An Egyptian member of the investigation team said, “the indications and analysis so far of the sound on the black box indicate it was a bomb, we are 90 percent sure it was a bomb.”

Earlier, Ayman al-Muqqadam, the head of the investigation team, had announced that the plane appeared to have been broken up in mid-air while flying on auto-pilot. He also said that a loud noise had been heard in the last second of the cockpit recording.

The Times of Israel quoted sources close to the investigation team who said that the “flight data and voice recorders showed ‘everything was normal’ until both failed at 24 minutes after takeoff, pointing to ‘a very sudden explosive decompression.”

The source told TOI that the discovery “strongly favors the theory a bomb on board had brought down the plane.”

Other evidence that points to the responsibility of the ISIS branch Waliyat Sinai for the downing of the plane was delivered by American investigators of the National Security Agency (NSA). They intercepted messages between leaders of Islamic State and members of Waliyat Sinai that said that something really big was going to happen in Sinai. NSA also intercepted messages after the crash of the plane in which ISIS members were celebrating the downing of the plane.

Israeli TV station Arutz 10 on Monday evening reported that Israeli intelligence had intercepted the messages between ISIS leaders and Waliyat Sinai and forwarded them to the British and American intelligence services. The TV station added that sources in the Israeli intelligence apparatus had revealed that the bomb that brought down the plane had been planted in the cockpit.

Islamic State, meanwhile, didn’t hide its joy over the biggest act of terror since the attacks against the Twin Towers in New York on September 11th, 2001. In Iraq and Syria, the Jihadist organization distributed sweets to the public in cities and villages; and on Sunday, ISIS released a new video celebrating the atrocity in Sinai. In the video titled ‘Satisfaction of souls by killing Russians,’ ISIS claimed that Waliyat Sinai was responsible for the downing of the plane and that the terrorist act was revenge for Russian actions in Syria.

A narrator tells the audience “By God’s will, and strong efforts of our brothers and soldiers on the ground in the province of Sinai, they brought down a Russian airplane, which carried over 220 Crusader Russians. All of them have been killed, and thanks to God for that.”

Another ISIS member appears in the video, standing in front of wreckage, and says: “By God’s will, we will not let you live in peace until we live in peace. We will attack you at your own places, and we will not make any difference between old and young. So die in your rage, we are the ones who brought it (the plane) down, but we will not let you know how we did it. We will declare our methods on how we brought it down at the time and place of our choice.”

Experts who examined the video think that ISIS is trying to protect a mole at the Airport of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the Russian plane took off. They assume that Islamic State is planning more attacks on airplanes that carry tourists to the popular Egyptian resort town.

ISIS and other Islamists want to halt Western tourism to Sharm el-Sheikh. The attack on the Russian plane has already caused an exodus of Western tourists from Sinai, and some airlines have halted flights to Sharm el-Sheikh or refused to take check-in luggage on flights from Egypt.

Fears of more terror attacks against civilian planes in Sinai exacerbated on Sunday when news broke that during the summer, Waliyat Sinai probably tried to bring down another civilian aircraft in the Sharm al-Sheikh region.

The Daily Mail reported that on August 23th, the pilot of an airplane of the British carrier Thomson averted disaster when he saw a rocket coming in the direction of the plane.

A source in the British Department for Transport confirmed that the captain of the plane immediately “ordered that the flight turn to the left to avoid the rocket, which was about 1,000ft away.” The source said that the other members of the crew found out about the attack after landing, but that the passengers remained unaware of what had happened.

The crew of another Thomson plane that approached Sharm el-Sheikh at the same moment reportedly witnessed the incident, but was told that the missile was fired during a drill of the Egyptian army.

The attacks on civilian airplanes in Sinai are part of a broad campaign that aims to destabilize Egypt to the point that the regime of President el-Sisi will collapse.

But by bringing down the Russian plane, ISIS made another important point.

The Jihadist group apparently sees Putin’s army as a real threat to its aspirations in the Middle East and elsewhere and, therefore, decided to launch a major operation against Russia.

The fact that it didn’t stop with the attack on the Metrojet Airbus indicates that ISIS want the Russians to bleed for their intervention in Syria, which is home to the capital of the Caliphate. That’s why they targeted Russian tourists in Egypt, and that’s why they planned another potentially disastrous attack on Russian soil on Friday.

The Daily Mail in Great Britain reported that Russian Special Forces discovered a gigantic 3500-kilo bomb in the south of Russia that was planted next to a road in the village of Kantyshevo in Ingushetia by two members of Islamic State.

The Syrian War Makes Strange Bedfellows: US and Russian Warplanes Now Conducting Jointly Drills

The current complicated and dangerous situation in the Middle East has triggered unexpected military cooperation between countries that had been foes for years.

A good example is the cooperation between the Egyptian army and the IDF in the battle against the Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula. Officially Egypt and Israel are at peace since the signing of the Camp David agreement in 1979 but in reality a state of cold war continued.

Since President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi rose to power in Egypt, the situation has changed dramatically.

Last week Israeli media even reported that the Israeli air force was helping Egypt in the search for the Russian Airbus that crashed when flying above ISIS-controlled territory in the northern part of the Sinai desert. The IAF sent out surveillance aircraft to comb the area where the plane is believed to have crash landed, the Jerusalem Post reported. Such cooperation was off limits during the era of the Mubarak regime and certainly unthinkable during the short period when the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt.

But there is more.

On Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe ‘Boogie’ Yaalon told reporters that during the U.S. hosted air force exercise ‘Red Flag’ this summer, Israeli pilots had been training with their Jordanian counterparts. This too was unthinkable until recently.

A U.S. official, who spoke to Reuters a basis of anonymity, confirmed Yaalon’s statement and said that during the drill Jordan sent warplanes that flew out with Israeli jets and even refueled from an Israeli tanker over the Atlantic Ocean.

There are rumors that Jordan also participated in the ‘Blue Flag’ joint air force drill that was held in Israel last month. Jordanian and Israeli officials refused to answer questions about Jordanian participation in ‘Blue Flag.’

Earlier, the Israeli air force delivered 16 Cobra helicopters to Jordan to help Jordan secure its border with Syria and Iraq after the Islamic State threatened to invade the Hashemite Kingdom.

The situation in Syria where two coalitions are involved in the battle against ISIS and other rebel groups has made even stranger bedfellows.

On Tuesday, a high-ranking Russian officer reported that Russian and American warplanes were jointly conducting drills in Syrian airspace.

Colonel Gen. Andrei Kartapolov told the Sputnik News Agency that Russian and U.S. jets ‘practiced a close approach to a minimally safe distance of 5.5 kilometers.’

“Today at 11 a.m. Moscow time, Russian and U.S. air forces carried out joint drills on actions by crews and land personnel in cases when aircraft fly in close proximity to each other,” Kartapolov was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

“In the course of the training, issues of warning, organization of interaction and information exchange between the staffs of the operational groups and control centers of the Russian Air Force at the Hmeymim airbase and the U.S. Strategic Air Operations Center in Qatar as well as the mutual informing of dangerous military activities in the airspace of Syria were practiced,” Kartapolov added.

The United States declined to deny or to confirm Kartapolov’s comments.

Last month the Russian army in Syria set up a 24-hour hotline with the IDF to avoid getting snared by each other.

Apparently the hotline works well because over the last week the IAF reportedly conducted two missions inside Syria without the expected confrontation with the Russian air force.

Lebanese media reported on Sunday that IAF warplanes entered Syrian airspace from Lebanon and destroyed three warehouses containing Scud missiles at the Qutayfa base in the Qalamoun Mountains in western Syria. The Hezbollah-affiliated news site Mulhak, however, said that the IAF jets destroyed the warehouses without entering Syrian airspace.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli warplanes attacked Hezbollah positions in the Qalamoun’s Ras al-Maara and Al-Jubba region. A local source who witnessed the strikes said that surface-to-surface missile warehouses of Hezbollah were destroyed in the attack.

The Russian military didn’t comment on the Israeli airstrikes but instead emphasized that its armed forces in Syria were exchanging information with Israel 24 hours a day, the Russian News Agency Interfax reported.

Watch: Egyptian Blogger Makes Stunning Video And Now Has To Run For His Life

Egyptian blogger Sherif Gaber made headlines last week when he posted a video on his Facebook page titled: “Why do you hate Israel?”

The young Egyptian has been on the run in his country since  The Suez Canal University reported him to the authorities for setting up an anti-Islam Facebook page in 2013. This happened after he openly argued with a professor at the University during a lecture about homosexuality. A couple of months after this incident, he was arrested but was released after forty days and a $130 bail.

In February this year, Gaber decided to go into hiding after a second arrest because he feared for his life.

In the video, Gaber questions whether the Jewish immigration during the first part of the last century really was, as the Palestinians claim, ’colonization.’ He notes that Egypt was subjected to real colonization during the Muslim conquest in 640 CE when Egypt was converted to a Muslim country after being Christian (Coptic) for centuries.

Gaber also compared Israel’s success in high tech, science, and military technology to the backwardness of Arab countries and accused Arab regimes of robbing its citizens.

Gaber studied Islamic law and the history of religion until 2011, but when he watched the gruesome images of the stoning of a woman in a video on social media, he started to “wonder if Islam holds water,” he said during an interview with the Israeli news site Ynet.

Gaber says that “Israel is the best country for women in the Middle East.”

“If you’re a woman, the safest country for you in the Middle East to live in is Israel,” he asserted.

The Egyptian blogger told Ynet that the education of children in Arab countries lies at the root of the hatred of the Jewish state.

“I understood that the problem is with Arabs’ education, that for many years fed children insulting thoughts about Israel. When I started speaking with Israelis, they were better than my family. I despised myself for having hated Israel without justification.”

He concluded his video with a few thoughts about the character of the Arab-Israeli conflict that flies in the face of what many in the West still think:

“In fact, the controversy between Arabs and Israel is no longer because of the land and who deserves it; actually Arabs don’t care so much about that; all this anger and violent resentment has nothing to do with anything but envy, and deep inside that anger and hate you’d actually find great admiration of such a country.”

Via his Facebook page, Gaber maintains contacts with many Israelis who give him strength to continue with his campaign for other relations with the Jewish state. He told Ynet that he mainly receives threats from Muslims on his FB page, but Israelis sent him blessings.

He left his Israeli Facebook friends the following message:

“Be proud of yourselves Your neighbors see you as the great Satan and despite that you still manage to hold back your strength and maintain your goodness and the too-good treatment of those who wish you death.”