Especially after online terrorist magazine Dabiq
published a photo
of the alleged bomb that downed the Metrojet: a crude device
inside a can of Schweppes Gold, placed under a passenger seat.
Also published were photos of passports of Russian victims,
allegedly taken "by the mujahedeen."
Their collective fate was sealed the minute the Director of the
Federal Security Service Aleksandr Bortnikov told
President Putin, about the Metrojet crash on October 31 in Egypt
that: “We can say with confidence that
this was a terrorist act.”
Caliphate goons may run – in the deserts of
‘Syraq’ and beyond - but they can’t hide, as per
Russia’s presidential message: “We will search for them
everywhere - wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any
spot on the planet and we will punish them.” The message
comes with extra enticement; the $50 million bounty offered by
the FSB for any information leading to the perpetrators of the
Putin’s message instantly turned heavy metal
in the form of a massive, impressive Russian barrage
over 140 Caliphate targets, delivered via 34 air-launched
cutting-edge cruise missiles and furious action by Tu-160,
Tu-22, and the Tu-95MC ‘Bear’ strategic bombers. This
was the first time the Russian long-range strategic bomber force
has been deployed since the 1980s Afghan jihad.
And there’s more coming - to be stationed in
Syria; an extra deployment of 25 strategic bombers, eight Su-34
‘Fullback’ attack aircraft, and four Su-27
‘Flanker’ fighter jets.
At the G-20 in Antalya, Putin had already,
who contributes to Daesh’s financing – complete with
“examples based on our data on the financing of
different [Daesh] units by private individuals.”
The bombshell: Daesh’s cash, “as we have
established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the
G20 members among them.” It doesn’t take a Caltech genius
to figure out which members. They’d better take the “you can
run but you can’t hide” message seriously.
Additionally, Putin debunked - graphically –
to the whole G20 the myth of a Washington seriously engaged on
the fight against Daesh: “I’ve shown our colleagues photos
taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the
scale of the illegal trade in oil.” He was referring to
Daesh’s oil smuggling tanker truck fleet, which numbers over
Apparently acting on Russian satellite
intelligence, the Pentagon then miraculously managed to find
tanker truck convoys stretching “beyond the horizon,”
smuggling out stolen Syrian oil. And duly bombed 116 trucks. For
the first time. And this in over a year that the ‘Coalition
of the Dodgy Opportunists’ (CDO) is theoretically fighting
Daesh. The only such bombing that happened before was by the
Iraqi Air Force.
The US “strategy”, which Obama
recently turbocharged, is to bomb (aging) Syrian oil
infrastructure currently expropriated and exploited by Daesh.
Technically, this is the property of Damascus, and thus belongs
to “the Syrian people.”
And yet Washington seemed so far to be more
focused on other “people” who could make a bundle
rebuilding the devastated infrastructure, disaster
capitalism-style, in case “Assad must go” works.
Russia once again went straight to the point.
Bomb the transportation network – the oil truck convoys – not
the oil infrastructure. That will eventually drive oil smugglers
out of business.
The key reason the Obama administration had
not thought about this before is Turkey. Washington needs NATO
member Ankara for the use of the Incirlik air base. And then
there’s the sensitive subject of who profits from Daesh’s oil
Turkish Socialist party member Gursel Tekin
has established that Daesh’s smuggled oil is exported to Turkey
by BMZ, a shipping company controlled by none other than Bilal
Erdogan, son of “Sultan” Erdogan. At a minimum, this
violates UN Security Council resolution 2170. Under the light of
Putin’s message of going after anyone or any entity engaged in
facilitating Daesh’s operations, Erdogan’s clan better come up
with some really good excuses.
That jihadi boot camp
Putin’s vow to go after anyone or any entity
that facilitates/collaborates with Daesh should logically imply
a trip back to ‘Shock and Awe 2003’: the bombing,
invasion and occupation of Iraq that created the conditions for
the establishment of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, “directed” by
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi up to 2006.
The next significant step was Camp Bucca, near
Umm Qasr in southern Iraq; a mini-Guantanamo where at least nine
members of the future metastasis of al-Qaeda – Islamic State
(IS) – was spawned.
born in an American prison. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a.k.a.
Caliph Ibrahim did time there, as well as Daesh’s previous
number two, Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, and most of all Daesh’s
conceptualizer: Haji Bakr, a former colonel in Saddam Hussein’s
Hardcore Salafi-jihadist meet former Ba’athist
notables and find a common purpose; an offer the Pentagon could
not refuse and in fact - willfully
- let prosper. GWOT (the Global War on Terror), after all, is a
Cheney-Rumsfeld-coined “Endless War”.
The US neocon regime change obsession ended up
bolstering Daesh’s reach in Syria.
The whole process exhibits multiple
ramifications of imperial folly, past and future, that can be
identified like splinters from a suicide bomb; from CIA-trained/weaponized,
Wahhabi-drenched mujahedeen (“Reagan’s freedom fighters”)
metastasizing into ‘Al-CIAada’, to Hillary Clinton admitting
Saudi Arabia is a top source of terrorist financing.
Paris 2015 – as well as Sinai 2015 –
essentially is a side effect of Baghdad 2003. Putin knows it.
For now, the task is to smash those mongrel imperial offspring
once and for all.