Russia is preparing to begin waging electronic warfare in Syria with the institution of jamming systems that are meant to prevent an incident similar to the attack on Tuesday that brought down a Russian plane in the war-torn region, according to reports by the Russian news media.
Moscow also will install in Syria a highly advanced missile system capable of shooting down aircraft from the ground.
Russia’s massive military buildup in the region comes as its forces begin to suffer casualties as a result of the country’s efforts to defend President Bashar al-Assad and combat Islamic State militants.
A man, who in 2013 was known as the face of a movement to call the U.S. government’s no-fly list discriminatory against Muslims, was arrested earlier this month along with family members in Turkey by the Syrian border for being part of an Islamic State cell, according to an article from PJ Media.
Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane did not involve the United States, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Tuesday, indicating that the Pentagon has yet to take a side on the issue.
ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday after repeated warnings over air space violations, but Moscow said it could prove the jet had not left Syrian air space.
In the now infamous press conference in Turkey last week, President Obama laid out his case against using American ground troops in Iraq and Syria. In the course of doing so, he tossed what he surely believed to be an argument-ending rhetorical grenade: the specter of “permanent occupation” as the necessary follow-on to American ground action.