Turkish offensive in Syria

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AH-1 Cobra shot down by Kurdish PKK:
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Looks to be a fairly new Igla too.

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IS it a Sa18?

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Manpads are hell on helicopters. RIP.

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Big question is, who supplied Turkish seperatists with MANPADS? Not old Strela or Redeye either? Igla is dangerous stuff.
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some questions: - why did the shooter wait before shooting - why did the other guy count down - what was the sound right before the missile launch - does the Cobra have any defences or warning systems against such an attack?
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Big question is, who supplied Turkish seperatists with MANPADS? Not old Strela or Redeye either? Igla is dangerous stuff.
The turks really shouldn't have shot down that Su 24. Nic

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The turks really shouldn't have shot down that Su 24. Nic
That might be true - but that doesn't mean both shootdown events are related, or does it?
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Igla is heavily exported pretty much across the world, so good luck figuring out where it came from.

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It would be well deserved if Syria supplied it anyway. Turkey has been backing Islamist militants in Syria, so tit-for-tat is par for the course. Not least Ahrar ash-Sham, which recently massacred a load of Alawites in Zara.

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I think that the thread title is a bit misleading. If that video (youtube seems to have take it down but I believe it is the same one that is all around the net ) shows PKK and a Turkish AH-1 Cobra, then we are talking about the Turkish offensive in Turkey, not Syria.

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I think that the thread title is a bit misleading. If that video (youtube seems to have take it down but I believe it is the same one that is all around the net ) shows PKK and a Turkish AH-1 Cobra, then we are talking about the Turkish offensive in Turkey, not Syria.
Well that border is so porous that it really makes little difference. You've also got to laugh at the consistency of YouTube's 'violent/graphic' censorship policy. Seems more like Erdogan got upset again and threatened them. There's several version of it anyway.

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Well that border is so porous that it really makes little difference.
Well, a Turkish AH-1 downed in Syria would have way more implications, don't you think? I was just wondering, if those people fighting there were not the PKK but Iranian Kurds and the Iranian authorities handled the situation at the exact same way Turkey does...

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Well, a Turkish AH-1 downed in Syria would have way more implications, don't you think? I was just wondering, if those people fighting there were not the PKK but Iranian Kurds and the Iranian authorities handled the situation at the exact same way Turkey does...
Maybe they thought the helicopter had crossed the border slightly.

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Well that border is so porous that it really makes little difference.
You aren't a Russian pilot by any chance are you? I think it is pretty clear that which side of the border this happened on has a great deal of significance.

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You aren't a Russian pilot by any chance are you? I think it is pretty clear that which side of the border this happened on has a great deal of significance.
Except when it's ISIS fighters getting help and hospital treatment. Turkey has been on the attack against Kurds both sides of the border anyway, both directly and indirectly through Islamist insurgents. I think it's fair to say they deserved trouble because they helped create it. My comments simply reflected the fact that various undesirables are passing over that border on the ground on a regular basis, as if it didn't exist. To date Turkey has only made an effort to stop one aircraft. Now they've lost an aircraft, so maybe it went across the border slightly, or maybe the Igla guys decided it was close enough to shoot down anyway, who knows?

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A lot of SA-18 got lost from Libya inventory when the rebels took over and some of the weapons were even available for sale on internet.

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Except when it's ISIS fighters getting help and hospital treatment. Turkey has been on the attack against Kurds both sides of the border anyway, both directly and indirectly through Islamist insurgents. I think it's fair to say they deserved trouble because they helped create it. My comments simply reflected the fact that various undesirables are passing over that border on the ground on a regular basis, as if it didn't exist. To date Turkey has only made an effort to stop one aircraft. Now they've lost an aircraft, so maybe it went across the border slightly, or maybe the Igla guys decided it was close enough to shoot down anyway, who knows?
The thing is that there is an armed conflict, that sometimes borders civil war, inside Turkey and it is mostly ignored by everyone. If the AH-1 was downed inside Turkey, then it was by PKK, while if it was inside Syria, the YPG did it. With your reply, you simply equate PKK with YPG which it is the official Turkish position on the subject. So the next time Erdogan accuses Kurds in Syria as terrorists, you will agree with him? Where it was downed really matters.

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The thing is that there is an armed conflict, that sometimes borders civil war, inside Turkey and it is mostly ignored by everyone. If the AH-1 was downed inside Turkey, then it was by PKK, while if it was inside Syria, the YPG did it. With your reply, you simply equate PKK with YPG which it is the official Turkish position on the subject. So the next time Erdogan accuses Kurds in Syria as terrorists, you will agree with him? Where it was downed really matters.
I think the Kurds both sides of the border see themselves as a people with a right to self-determination under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which Turkey is a party to. Their place of abode seems to be Southern Turkey, Northern Iraq and North Eastern Syria. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CESCR.aspx
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South east Turkey (but very large numbers also live in cities in western Turkey, especially Istanbul, which has more Kurds than any other city: it's been estimated that a third of the Kurds in Turkey live outside the traditionally Kurdish region), along much of the northern border of Syria including the NW, northern Iraq & north-west Iran, with a smaller population in the NE.
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Looks to be a fairly new Igla too.
This is standard Igla (SAM-18), not Igla-S.
IS it a Sa18?
Yes
I think that the thread title is a bit misleading. If that video (youtube seems to have take it down but I believe it is the same one that is all around the net ) shows PKK and a Turkish AH-1 Cobra, then we are talking about the Turkish offensive in Turkey, not Syria.
It happened at Turkey's border with Iraq not within Turkey.
Well, a Turkish AH-1 downed in Syria would have way more implications, don't you think? I was just wondering, if those people fighting there were not the PKK but Iranian Kurds and the Iranian authorities handled the situation at the exact same way Turkey does...
Stop spouting the BS. Kurds hit it after it had fired its BGM-71's on Kurdish positions.