SECOND POST - OCTOBER 11, 2012- TURKEY FALLS INTO LEGAL TRAP SET BY RUSSIA; TURKEY'S ACT OF WAR IS PURE HYPOCRISY TO BE RELISHED BY ALL SYRPER MAVENS.
You cannot get information like this anywhere but on SyrPer. The intel we have on the Turkish act of air piracy yesterday is exact, accurate and reliable.
Why is this man smiling? "Gotcha!". The Turks have fallen into the trapper's snare. And there's little way out.
Last Thursday, October 4, 2012, The Russian Embassy in Damascus contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry with a request funnelled through the Military Attache that Syrian forces had lost six radio-communications systems necessary for inter-unit command and control. The communication from the Embassy was deliberately sent via known compromised channels in the hope that the American NSA would latch on to it and follow up with the usual NATO bungling. The Russians were not disappointed.
Amazingly, what should have been obvious to CIA operatives in Russia was completely missed. The Russian government agreed to send the radio equipment on a "chartered" Syrian Airbus 320 loaded not only with fake, 1950's radio and electronic equipment, but also a group of Russian tourists all of whom work for Russian contracting companies in Damascus. The trap was set when CIA reported the intel to NATO HQ in Brussels which was compelled to inform the Turkish government.
What the Turks and NATO missed is that Russia never uses commercial Syrian passenger airliners for transport of military equipment. Russia sends this by sea, which is quite efficient, given the distance between Sebastopol and Tartous; by Russian airliners or by another means we are not comfortable disclosing at this time.
An Airbus 320 belonging to the Syrian state is forced to land near Ankara to be searched by the hopelessly inept Turks.
Well, the chartered airliner which normally seats 150 passengers only contained 25 with 5 crew members. But the kicker was in the cargo hold which the silly Turks thought would be a propaganda extravaganza for their normally slapstick approach to info-warfare: (read: downed Phantom jet in Syrian waters).
The Turks are clearly embarrassed by this episode because SyrPer has learned from Aslan in Hatay (from scuttlebutt he gets to hear from Turkish security officials) that the "radio equipment" was a mish-mash of old short-wave radios and obsolete stereo systems. Aslan says that the Turkish officers are delighted to see Erdoghan embarrassed by this fiasco seeing they're all Alevi officers who have no love for the Islamist-Wahhabist derelicts in Ankara.
For the Russians, this event marked a turning point in their involvement with Syria. This act of air piracy gives Moscow two major riding crops to use against Ankara:
1. The interdiction of the civilian aircraft flies in the face of Turkey's obvious facilitation of lethal weapons airborne deliveries from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States to Turkish-based criminals, leaving aside for the moment the veritable welcome-mat Erdoghan has obsequiously laid down for Libyan, Yemeni and Chechen terrorist filth.
2. The act of seizing Russian materiel on a civilian airliner whose airport of origin was Moscow; the detention of Russian civilians without giving them benefit of contact with the Russian Consulate; the establishment of a precedent for such air brigandage - opens the door for more aggressive Russian action in the Levant ostensibly to protect Russian civilians and commercial interests. Russia's red line is becoming darker, bloodier in color.
To further demonstrate the cunning character of this elegant ruse, SyrPer contacted a friend who used to fly for LACSA, the former airlines of Costa Rica. Fabio G. flew Airbus 320's since they were first sold to Latin America. I asked him a simple question: Why would such an Airbus have to fly over Turkish airspace? He looked at the map and said that the route the pilot followed was completely unnecessary being that he had an "infinite number of paths" from Russia, across Iran and Iraq to any airport in Syria. SyrPer then asked itself: "Why fly over a NATO country if you've got some sensitive equipment on board?" Hmmm. The answer is in the question.
This episode comes just after a stunningly successful and rewarding diplomatic/military coup engineered by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, which will be the subject of another posting today.