Breaking news, the Russian jet that downed earlier today has potentially been shot down by ISIS. An investigation is underway. However, the militant group affiliated with ISIS claimed responsibility:
Breaking: Downing of Russian airplane, killing of more than 220 Russian crusaders on board.
Soldiers of the Caliphate were able to bring down a Russian plane above Sinai Province with at least 220 Russian crusaders aboard.
They were all killed, praise be to God. O Russians, you and your allies take note that you are not safe in Muslims lands or their skies.
The killing of dozens daily in Syria with bombs from your planes will bring woe to you. Just as you are killing others, you too will be killed, God willing.
The reasoning behind the shoot-down was clearly stated above; however other factors play into this “proxy war”. The USA and Mossad back ISIS, and Russia and others back Assad. Now the question becomes, who exactly ordered the hit on a Russian passenger plane? It is quite plausible that the USA orders every action committed by ISIS. Which would mean that if this investigation turns out that ISIS affiliates did, in fact, shoot down the plane; then the obvious answer is the USA was behind it.
— Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi (@raqqa_mcr) October 31, 2015
All of which could lead to the advancing in the Syrian war. Just yesterday, the USA announced it was sending Special Operations into the region; days after Russia did. It is very clear that escalation is afoot in the Middle East.
UPDATE: Responding to IS claim, Russian Transport Ministry says it "can't be considered true;" plane at 31k feet, outside MANPAD range, @BBC
— Stratfor (@Stratfor) October 31, 2015
1. False claim
2. Bomb on plane
3. ISIS [somehow] has advanced air defense missiles.
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) October 31, 2015
An analyst with the Center for American Progress, Mokhtar Awad, told the Guardian that the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility “is quite vague.
“It doesn’t state how they were able to ‘down’ the plane allegedly. Even the most sophisticated of portable surface-to-air missiles cannot reach that high an altitude and are only a threat during periods of take-off or landing, but the plane had already climbed to its target altitude (from what we know thus far) when it began to likely experience technical failures.
The local affiliate, Wilayat Sinai, has been under some pressure over the past few months and may have jumped the gun on taking credit. Although there isn’t a precedent for such a spectacular lie about something they claim to have done, Islamic State itself has recently been embellishing more and more. For instance it claimed that the recent prison raid by Kurdish and US special forces were a total failure, when in fact video evidence surfaced showed them freeing the hostages. So this may be an instance of the rooster taking credit for the dawn.”
Then again, it could simply have been a bomb planted on the plane and set to explade after 20 minutes of flight time.
Even Russia’s transport minister Maksim Sokolov has said that the claim Islamic State militants brought down the plane “can’t be considered accurate”.
Now in various media there is assorted information that the Russian [plane]… was supposedly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, fired by terrorists. This information can’t be considered accurate.
However, to corroborate their claim, ISIS has allegedly released this shocking video showing what appears to be a mid-air bomb explosion.
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Tyler Durden. “ISIS Releases Video Of Alleged Russian Airplane Mid-Air Exposion After It Claims Responsibility For Disaster.” ZeroHedge. . (): . . http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-31/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-russian-airplane-crash