Today's news looks even worse for the ordinary people of Europe as our leaders renew their committment to fast tracking Turkey's entry into the European Union.
A convoy of Turkish heavy trucks, which according to some reports was transporting weapons to terrorist organizations, has been hit by apparent airstrikes in northwestern Syria. It is not yet known whose aircraft were responsible for the attack.
Footage published online by Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) shows plumes of smoke from the burning trucks and people running about in panic while stills show firefighters and IHH personnel trying to put out the burning trucks. At least 20 trucks were engulfed in flames.
IHH said the mission was not organized by any of their group. No organization has yet claimed ownership of the convoy "Our teams helped to extinguish the fire... The trucks do not belong to us and there is no information on who bombed them," Mustafa Özbek, an official from İHH, told Reuters.
At least seven people were killed and 10 injured in the incident, according to the Turkish Anadolu agency. The trucks were reportedly heading to the town of Azaz in northwestern Syria.
Since news of the attack, which took place near Azaz in northern syria emerged, there has been frantic speculation about who was behind the air strike, what the vehicles were carrying, what the convoy’s 'humanitarian mission' was, or whether the purpose of the enterprise was to deliver a more sinister load.
One of the aid workers who survived the incident said the trucks had been deliberately targeted, Reuters reported.
The nature of the ‘humanitarian aid’ is also in question. Turkish media and the IHH say the trucks were transporting humanitarian aid to refugees in Azaz. However, the Turkish Cumhuriyet newspaper cited sources within the Syrian government claiming the convoy was delivering weapons to terrorist organizations.
The Hawar news agency reported that Turkey has repeatedly sent convoys with arms to the Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations under the guise of humanitarian aid. In view of yesterday's report of the Edrogan dynaty's involvement with ISIS that looks a very credible claim.
Unconfirmed reports on Twitter went further and identified the arms as allegedly “Docka machine guns” and “small arms with ammunitions.”
In the wake of the recent downing of a Russian Air Force bomber over Syria by Turkish fighter jets, some reports suggested the Russians were “avenging” the pilot’s death. Many media outlets thought it was the work of Vladimir Putin. While it is beyond doubt that Putin will strike back in some way, these reports are based purely on speculation. They cannot be dismissed however.
Other sources have suggested the airstrikes were carried out by Syrians, without specifying whether it was members of the Syrian Army loyal to President Bashar Assad, or one of the various Syrian rebel groups. However none of the rebel groups have warplanes, so such suggestions can be dismissed. If Syrian war planes were involved they were Assad's.
Tagged with Syria: click for all posts
Turkey Blames Kurds, Assad For Terrorist Attack, Vows Swift Response
Turkey has ‘serious questions’ to answer: Reactions to RT report on post-ISIS town in Syria
The stream of accusations is growing against Ankara over illegal oil trade and support of Islamic State, with politicians and experts calling for Turkey to be held accountable for its actions after a new batch of evidence gathered by RT.
Yesterday came the first terrorist attack on Turkish soil. As this blog predicted President Erdogan of Turkey is blaming the Kurds and President Assad of Syria for yesterday's bomb blast in the Turkish capital which killed and injured many people.It was predictable would the attack would be blamed on Assad and the Kurds, thus giving the nutter Erdogan an excuse to intensify his actions against Assad and the Kurds We must vote for Brexit before Turkish accession.
The War On Terror
The war in Iraq and Syria
Bombing is not the way to age war on ISIS
The French coalition may make ISIS retreat but cannot beat them
Washington admits ISIS is a US creation
Syria: Obama's proxy war against Russia
US and UK hypocrisy on Syria
Syria is now the biggest US foreign policy blunder ever
Elsewhere: [Boggart Blog]...[Little Nicky Machiavelli]... [ Ian's Authorsden Pages ]... [Scribd]...[Wikinut] ... [ Boggart Abroad] ... [ Grenteeth Bites ] ... Ian Thorpe at Flickr ] ... [ Tumblr ] ... [Ian at Minds ] ... [ The Origninal Boggart Blog]