December 14, 2017 – FRN –
– by Inessa Sinchougova & Joaquin Flores, for FRN –
Updated: 7:15pm GMT – the event occurred Wednesday Dec. 13th. – Retraction and edit: at 6:30pm GMT we reported the news as ‘Breaking’, wrongly.
Two American F-22 fighters were scrambled to intercept Russian Su-25 aircraft in the sky over Syria. Pilots of the US Air Force were allegedly ‘forced to open a warning fire’, according to the fake news site, CNN.
The source to CNN said that Russian planes had left the agreed flight zone, which was previously created to avoid incidents, in the deconfliction talks between Lavrov and Kerry in 2015. According to the fake news report from CNN, after several violations of the line of demarcation, the American F-22 fired several warning shots, after which the Su-25 left the area.
Framing the story back to reality, the Russian defense department confirmed the warning fire by American aircraft, but they stated the incident realistically – according to the Ministry’s version, the F-22 simulated an air confrontation and prevented the Russian military reconnaissance aircraft from destroying a stronghold of ISIS terrorists, and disappeared after the appearance of the Su-35.
This comes only two days after Russia announced that it would be pulling part of its ground forces from Syria, for reasons relating to information war and simulated, headline-driven, diplomacy.
This incident is an escalation, now involving live fire, of a similar, nearly identical incident on December 9th, 2017 (5 days ago) in which:
“An American F-22 fighter actively prevented the Russian pair of Su-25 attack aircraft from carrying out a combat mission to destroy the Daesh stronghold in the suburbs of the city of Mayadin in the airspace over the western bank of the Euphrates River on November 23. The F-22 aircraft fired off heat flares and released brake shields with permanent maneuvering, imitating an air battle,”.
The Russian Federation appears to be continuing to build its case that it is the United States Air Force, or rogue elements within the US or external to it, are acting de-facto as the airforce for ISIS. Both the Mossad and the CIA, for example are known to have special-ops planes painted as US planes – false flags – in violation of Geneva Accords. A goal of a possible false flag operation, either from within the US or external to it, would be to increase tensions, even outright ‘hot war’ hostilities, between the two nuclear superpowers.
The Russian Federation is acting in Syria, legally, under international law – by invitation from the UN recognized and democratically elected, sovereign government in Syria. The US acts by virtue of its ability to act, contrary to international norms, in an attempt to reshape said norms.
The outcome of deconfliction talks were agreed to by Lavrov and Kerry, which gives the US a highly limited area of activity, in which they claim to be attacking ISIS. Russia has publicly been building a case that the US Air-force has been acting not as a force against ISIS, but rather are dropping supplies to ISIS and acting as its air cover. The last two incidents seem to confirm the Russian position.
Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.