Early yesterday morning I received from the news site Southfront (https://southfront.org/), an alert to the news that a Russian plane had been shot down in Syria. I did searches in English and Russian and found nothing on this. In the PM, the Russian Ministry of Defence finally confirmed the downing. The US press keeps its sheeple in the dark about the sitrep in Syria and Iraq, but this time they were happy to report this bad news for Russia. (Yay, now the Russians will refuse to vote for Putin in March!)
The group that shot down the Russian plane is a rebranding of a rebranding, ie, it was originally called Al-Nusra, which was a rebranding of Al-Qaeda, the group that killed 3000 Americans on 9-11, 2001. The latest reincarnation, which shot down the Russian plane, is Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham. Here is what Southfront says about Al-Nusra, the parent group:
"On March 24, 2015, Jabhat al-Nusra (the group’s second renaming after Al-Qaeda) led an attack alongside the US-backed Free Syrian Army factions to capture Idlib city and were able to do so within 4 days. This operation was successful largely due to US support through intelligence and advanced weapons such as the TOW missiles [portable tank killers], which reached the hands of al-Nusra militants."
Note that this vicious Al-Qaeda spinoff cooperated with a US-backed group considered to be "moderate." From that last sentence, and from other reports, we can surmise that terrorists all over Syria are using tank killing missilse made in the US. The US generally denies supplying these to the jihadis, but they are doing a terrible job of lying, just as they did with Russiagate.
Are you surprised to learn that the US supported Al-Qaeda after what that group did to the Twin Towers? If you are doing targeted reading of news, you should know that by now. Even US sources are letting this out dropwise.
Thus, without US support, there would virtually be no terrorists in the ME.
So why would a "formerly" US-backed jihadist group attack a Russian plane now? Well, Russian elections are coming up in March and the US lawmakers and helpful allies like the world Olympic Committee are doing their level best to embarrass Putin in (vain) hopes that he will be defeated (the Russians love Putin and the more the US slanders him, the more solidarity they show).
The Russian athletes have been banned from representing Russia on trumped up charges of doping (there is doping in all countries, but Russia had a higher number of suspected doped athletes than most simply because its team is larger.u But any pretext will work when you want to meddle in a foreign election).
The now-weaponized US Treasury (a de facto branch of the Pentagon it seems) has come up with a creative potential anti-Russian sanctions list. This time they just took a Forbes list of the richest tycoons in Russia and stated that -- get this -- these people might be subject to sanctions under certain conditions. How's that for specifics? Yes, that is the new policy. Putin correctly said it “makes no sense.”
And of course, the UK has stated that the Russkies may have meddled in European elections -- same old allegation but they dug it up and dusted it off just in time for Russian elections.
Their sources still admit sources still admit that they have no evidence that the Russkies were involved in this meddling but allegations are now “proof.”
And then there is the old standby, chemical weapons. Well, it worked in the Iraq War propaganda and the US assumes you are just as gullible now as you were then. The added twist is a two-fer. According to US officials, if Assad used chemical weapons, then that is Russia’s fault. Defense secretary Mattis admits there is no proof of Assad’s hand in these weapons but Russiagate demonstrates that the US no longer needs no stinkin’ roof.
And if you’re a Russian citizen, remember not to vote for Putin. Why would you vote for him after all the alleged things he has done?