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※ sputniknews.com/politics/20151128
Turkey pursues its own interests in the Syrian conflict and it is not cooperating with NATO or other forces in the region, a retired US Army Major General Paul Vallely said in an interview with RT.

The downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by the Turkish air force will hardly be the last act of provocation by Ankara, so NATO should kick Turkey out of the alliance, Vallely said.

※ sputniknews.com/europe/20151128
Slovak police are checking whether the weapons used by attackers in Paris on November 13 could have originated in Slovakia, Ceska Televize reports.

PRAGUE (Sputnik) – The investigation is being conducted at the request of French police amid suspicion that Paris attackers used the same type of weapons as were used in the January shootings in the French capital that left 17 people dead, according to the Czech TV.

Last week, the Czech Lidovky news portal reported that in April, Czech police detained two French citizens traveling in a car full of weapons on the border with Slovakia.

According to the news outlet, the two men were transporting Slovak small arms replicas that could be easily converted into real weapons. After the January Paris attacks, several media reports claimed that terrorists used two converted "Slovak Kalashnikovs."

※ sputniknews.com/europe/20151128
Over 7,500 Brits have signed up to protest Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal to launch airstrikes in Syria outside his official residence on Saturday, the rally’s organizers said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Cameron renewed his calls to expand Britain’s aerial campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group from Iraq to Syria, setting out the case in a written statement and a nearly three-hour parliament session on Thursday.

※ sputniknews.com/military/20151127
The proposal of Paris to include the Free Syrian Army in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria is groundless, as numerous members of the major opposition force have joined the extremists, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party told Sputnik on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova − Earlier in the day, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said ground forces represented by the Free Syrian Army, the Kurds and troops from the Syrian regime were needed along with airstrikes in order to defeat the ISIL terrorists.

"I do not know why the West continues to discover new names and definitions for so-called different sectorial groups in Syria. There is no Free Syrian Army anymore. Thousands of them have joined Al-Nusra and ISIL and Al-Fatah groups," Tarek Ahmad said.

Ahmad added that there were currently 1,700 different opposition groups in Syria that were not of Syrian origin, but came to Syria from abroad.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces countering the so-called moderate rebels and several extremist groups, including the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front.

※ RT2015/11/27
Syrian Turkmen commander who 'killed' Russian pilot turns out to be Turkish ultranationalist
A Syrian rebel commander who boasted of killing a Russian pilot after Turkey downed Russian jet on Tuesday appeared to be Turkish ultranationalist and a son of former mayor in one of Turkish provinces.

Alparslan Celik, deputy commander of a Syrian Turkmen brigade turned out to be the son of a mayor of a Keban municipality in Turkey’s Elazig province.
He also turned out to be the member of The Grey Wolves ultranationalist group, members of which have carried out scores of political murders since 1970s.
Celik came under spotlight after he announced that as the two Russian pilots descended by parachute after the Su-24 jet was downed by Turkish military, both were shot dead by Turkmen forces on Tuesday.
A graphic video posted earlier on social media purported to show a Russian pilot lying on the ground surrounded by a group of armed militants.

※ jp.sputniknews.com/middle_east/20151128

※ PRESSTV2015/11/28
US presses Turkey to deploy troops to Syria border
The United States is urging Turkey to deploy thousands of additional troops along its border with Syria to block the movement of Daesh (ISIL) terrorists, according to a report.

Pentagon officials have estimated that as many as 30,000 soldiers are needed to cordon off a stretch of 60-mile (100 km) frontier, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

US officials say the border includes key transit routes that Daesh uses to move militants in and out of the war zone and into Europe.

Turkish officials have said that the Pentagon’s numbers are extravagant, but acknowledged the need for tighter border control.

The US and Turkey agreed in principle in July on a deal for the border, but operational planning has stalled by discord.

The deal allows US military aircraft to use Turkish bases to launch airstrikes in support of allied militants fighting Daesh and the Syrian government. However, the plan has been slowed because of Russian airstrikes.

The US has deployed a number of attack aircraft to the Incirlik airfield in southern Turkey, military officials said last month.

The proposed operation has taken new urgency since the November 13 attacks in Paris and this week’s downing of a Russian bomber by Turkey.

“The game has changed. Enough is enough. The border needs to be sealed,” a senior US official said of Washington’s demand to Ankara. “This is an international threat, and it’s all coming out of Syria and it’s coming through Turkish territory.”

A senior Turkish government official told the Journal that Ankara is taking necessary steps to secure the frontier and that “there is no need to receive any kind of warning or advice from anyone, including our US partners.”

US President Barack Obama recently ordered the deployment of dozens of Special Operations troops to Syria to "assist" militants operating on the ground.

Observers said the debate over the proposed joint operation reflects growing White House frustration with the failing US campaign in Syria.

No US airstrikes in Syria since Russia deployed S-400 systems

Both the American and Turkish air forces halted their strikes on Syrian territory around the time Russia deployed S-400 air defense complexes at the Khmeimim airbase, from which it stages its own incursions against Islamic State ).

A spokesperson of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) told Sputnik on Friday that the absence of anti-IS coalition airstrikes “has nothing to do with the S400 deployment” in Syria.

According to open sources, the S-400 is capable of shooting down any existing aircraft, helicopter or missile traveling at speeds of up to 4.8 kilometer per second (over 17,000 km/h) The only target the system would have problems with is a nuclear warhead of intercontinental ballistic missile, which flies at speeds of up to 6-7 kilometer per second.

The S-400 engages targets at distances as far as 400 kilometers and heights of up to 27 kilometers (or higher with newer missiles). This is enough to cover at least 75 percent of Syrian territory, along with the airspaces of Lebanon, Cyprus, half of Israel and a vast part of Turkey.
S-400 radar is also capable of discriminating moving objects on the ground, such as cars or military vehicles at a distance of 600 kilometers.

S-400 radar covers Syria, western regions of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, nearly all of Israel and Jordan, Egypt’s northern Sinai, a large part of the eastern Mediterranean and Turkish airspace as far as the capital Ankara.
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