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.”

Russian-led Coalition In Syria Scores First Major Victory While Putin Steps Up Campaign Against Islamic State

Syrian government forces supported by Iranian IRGC troops and Russian air support today succeeded in finally breaking Islamic State’s siege of an important air force base in the northern Aleppo Province. The breaking of the ISIS siege is the first major success of Bashar al-Assad’s troops and his allies in more than two years of devastating war.

The Kweyris (Kuwieris) air force base had been under a permanent siege by Islamist rebels since 2013, and ISIS joined the siege at the beginning of 2014. The breaking of the siege was broadcast live on state television in Syria, and the news was independently confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The London-based organization added that fighting in the area continued.

The offensive to liberate the Kweyris base started at the end of September when Russian airplanes bombed rebel positions in the area for the first time. Since then, government forces, together with IRGC troops and Hezbollah, have been attacking ISIS positions in the area.

The Russians want to use the Kweyris base for their own air force and plan to assist the Assad coalition from there in a new effort to retake all of Aleppo, which is Syria’s second city.

Iranian and other pro-Assad media report that scores of ISIS fighters and other Islamist rebels in the Aleppo area and other regions laid down their arms and turned themselves into the Syrian authorities over the weekend.

Western Journalism was not able to verify these reports independently; but from other mainstream media reports about the situation in Syria, there emerges the picture that the Russian-led coalition has now succeeded in putting Islamic State and other rebel groups on the defensive.

The only other group that has recently made progress in Syria is the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces. Yesterday, Western Journalism reported that the Syrian Democratic Coalition had reconquered more than 255 square kilometers in the Al-Hawl region in the northern Hasakah Province.

Russia, meanwhile, has stepped up its air campaign against Islamic State since it became clear that ISIS was responsible for the downing of a Russian civilian airplane in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt a week and a half ago.

Reuters and other media, quoting the Russian Defense Ministry, reported that the Russian air force in Syria flew 85 sorties and hit 277 targets over the last 48 hours. At the same time, the U.S. led coalition against Islamic State conducted a total of 28 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in 24 hours on Tuesday.

Russian ground troops and heavy weapons have also been spotted in areas far beyond their official bases in the Latakia Province. For example, Russian soldiers have been spotted in Hama, more than 100 kilometers away from Latakia.

Activists from the Conflict Intelligence Team “conclude that Russia’s operation in Syria is a ‘hybrid war,’ not unlike the one seen in Ukraine. Apart from the airstrikes, Russia provides Assad forces with surface-to-surface rocket systems, combat vehicles, equipment, advisors, artillery support, and spotters.

“More importantly, recently there have been more and more reports of Russian soldiers, vehicles and ‘volunteers’ being spotted close to the frontlines,” the Unian Information Agency reported.

The photo and video evidence brought by the activists in Syria flies in the face of Russia’s claim that its troops are not actively involved in the battle.

Putin has also dispatched the elite combat unit Spetsnaz to Syria, according to Christian Today, citing the Daily Express in Great Brittain.

The Spetsnaz unit is Russia’s most ruthless combat unit and has been involved in the war against Chechnyan Islamists. They harbor a deep hatred for Jihadis and are extremely well trained and equipped for missions deep in enemy territory.

Top Military Officials Proposing THIS In Europe To Oppose Putin

Top U.S. military officials proposed sending more U.S. forces to Europe, given the increasingly aggressive actions and statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The call for more troops came over the weekend at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. During the height of the Cold War, which included Ronald Reagan’s tenure as president, the United States had over 300,000 military personnel in Europe. That number quickly dropped to just over 100,000 by the mid 90s, following the end of the Cold War. There are now approximately 70,000 members of the U.S. military spread throughout Europe.

Fox News reports that the U.S. Army currently has two brigades in Eastern Europe, totaling about 7,000 troops, with one other brigade rotating in and out on a regular basis. During the Cold War, the Army stationed multiple divisions (approximately 20,000 soldiers each) in Germany to deter Soviet Union aggression.

As a first step to reestablishing a larger American military footprint in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedllove, the supreme allied commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, would like to see more brigades added to the rotational forces.

Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

Image Credit: Wall Street Journal

Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, told the Wall Street Journal at the Reagan Library forum that he would also like to position additional attack helicopter units and artillery brigades in Europe. “The challenge here is to deter further aggression without triggering that which you are trying to deter,” Gen. Milley said. “It is a very difficult proposition.”

At his confirmation hearing this past summer, Gen. Milley listed Russia as the top security threat to the United States. Russia is the only country on earth that contains a nuclear capability that could destroy the United States,” he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It’s an existential threat to the United States, so it has capability. Intent, I don’t know; but the activity of Russia since 2008 has been very, very aggressive.”

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, in his address to the forum, stated“We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot, war with Russia.” He added: “We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake; the United States will defend our interests, our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords us all.”

“In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states,” he said. “Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose.”

Sec. Carter also told the crowd that the United States is continuing to innovate weapons to face the potential security threats posed by Russia. “We’re investing in the technologies that are most relevant to Russia’s provocations, such as new unmanned systems, a new long-range bomber, and innovation in technologies like the electromagnetic railgun, lasers and new systems for electronic warfare, space and cyberspace, including a few surprising ones I really can’t describe here,” he said.

Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Man In The World’ Was Just Declared, It’s A HUGE Blow To Obama

Barack Obama fell this year in the Forbes’ rankings of the “World’s Most Powerful People,” and it was one of his rivals as a world leader who kept the top spot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin held No. 1 for the third year in a row.

This year, Putin challenged Obama directly over Syria by conducting an extensive air campaign on behalf of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama has publicly expressed his desire to see Assad removed from office and has funneled arms to rebels opposing his government.

Obama also made a “red line” threat to Assad three years ago in which he said that dire consequences would come to the Assad regime if chemical weapon usage didn’t stop. This year, reports have emerged stating that Assad still uses chemical weapons in his country.

Putin is an ex-KGB agent who was first elected president of Russia in 2000. He held the office until 2008, when he had to legally retire from the office. In 2012, he was eligible for the presidency of the country under Russian law and was elected to the office again.

Putin has a strong interest in sports, especially the martial arts. He holds “master of sports” titles in the martial arts of judo and sambo, as well as a black belt in karate. According to a Russian official government website, other activities he engages in include skiing, hockey, fishing and whitewater rafting.

Putin isn’t the only person to beat out Obama, who took third on the Forbes list.

At second place, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is also considered more powerful than the American president.

What do you think of Putin staying at the top spot of the “World’s Most Powerful People,” and Obama taking third?

Breaking: Obama Admin About To Make Big Move Against ISIS They’ve Been Avoiding

The White House announced on Friday that the United States will be sending ground troops to Syria to combat ISIS.

NBC News reports that, “The U.S. will send a small number of U.S. special operations forces into Syria as part of a shift in its strategy against ISIS, officials said Friday.”

The contingent will be less than 50 troops who will partner with forces on the ground in taking the fight to ISIS.

“We have been focused on intensifying elements of our strategy that have been working, while also moving away from elements of our approach that have proven less effective,” the official explained.

“The U.S. will also boost its military footprint in confronting ISIS in Syria by deploying A-10 and F-15 fighter jets to an airbase in Turkey. And the U.S. is also eying the establishment of a Special Forces task force in Iraq to boost U.S. efforts to target ISIS and its leaders,” according to CNN. 

The Obama administration emphasized the move was a “shift” but now a “change” in U.S. strategy in the region.

The U.S. special operations forces will be stationed in Northern Syria.

The move comes as the Russians continue to increase their military presence in Syria and sets up the possibility of confrontation between the two powers. Moscow is backing the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while the U.S. is standing with Syrian rebels, who are fighting both Assad and ISIS.

“[President] Obama has long resisted an American military presence on the ground to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria but has reluctantly escalated U.S. involvement in that fight over time since launching the military effort in 2014,” CNN reports. 

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Image Credit: CNN

Secretary of State John Kerry is taking part in peace talks in Vienna regarding ending the Syrian civil war. Others involved in the talks include Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Iran will also be joining the deliberations.