Who Shot Down the Russian Su-24?

Russian political expert Kurbanov speaking on the Mesto Vstrechi program in Russian NTV said, "Who shot the Russian jet on November 24? Who gave this order? Neither the President nor the Prime Minister gave this order. This order was given by a [Turkish] colonel serving at the U.S. Incirlik Base [in Adana]. Actually, this colonel was one of Fethullah Gülen's man."


In terms of the role of the Incirlik Air Base in the July 15 failed coup attempt Kurbanov said, "What Turkish people think about Turkey's membership in the NATO became apparent after the coup attempt in the country. The U.S. Incirlik Air Base acted as a trojan horse during the preparations of that coup. Today, Turkey is able to identify the danger it faces. But it will not be right to say that Turkey will soon leave the NATO. "


The order was given by a Gulenist Colonel


Kurbanov also pointed out the relationship between the U.S. government and Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO) which is responsible for the failed coup attempt in Turkey:


"The parallel [state] structure formed by the Gülenists in Turkey had finally reached the center of Turkey's power mechanism. The U.S. provided a significant assistance to the organization in that point. This organization can actually be considered in the context of the agent network of the CIA. They have infiltrated into the state for decades. CIA agents helped Fethullah Gulen to get an official residence permit to stay in the U.S."


Kurbanov also noted that neither Turkish President nor the Prime Minister gave the order to shot down the Russian Su-24 jet in Turkey-Syria border.


Kurbanov said that the order was given by a Gulenist colonel who used to serve at the U.S. Incirlik Base in Adana at that time.


For Kurbanov, Gulenists were used by the U.S. government as a means of disrupting the relationship between Turkey and Russia.


What happened on November 24, 2015?


On November 24, 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter plane shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber jet operating as part of Russia's anti-terrorist mission in northern Syria near the Turkish border. Following the shootdown, Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov successfully ejected from his plane, but was shot and killed as his parachute descended to the ground by armed militia.


The shooting down of the jet led Moscow led to a crisis in relations between Moscow and Ankara. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back" and Russia imposed a number of restrictive measures against Ankara.


According to a Bloomberg report, citing a high-level Turkish official on July 18, 2016, two Turkish pilots who shot down a Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border were taken into custody, according to a senior Turkish official speaking on condition of anonymity.

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