Russian helicopters are reportedly combing the area where the jet crashed.
An extraordinary session of NATO's North Atlantic Council will be held Tuesday following Turkey's downing of the Russian jet.
Noon GMT the Guardian reports "Nihat Ali Özcan, security expert at the Ankara-based Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, fears a harsh response from Russia. “It is very bad news for Turkey that a Russian jet was shot down. Putin will not leave this unanswered, he might retaliate in different ways, for example by cutting off Turkey’s natural gas supply from Russia over the winter. He might also choose to reply in kind, in a similarly aggressive manner in Syria. But one thing is certain: Putin will not stand for this, we have difficult days ahead of us.”
Update: One pilot and a marine who was part of the rescue mission are dead. The other pilot is reportedly safe and well at a Russian air base in Syria after being picked up by the Syrian army.
"Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said "diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this situation". Breaking off military contacts with Turkey, Russia's defence ministry said a cruiser equipped with an air defence system would be deployed in the Mediterranean to destroy "any targets representing a potential danger" for Russian forces in Syria. Russian bombers carrying out air strikes over Syria will now be escorted by fighters, the military said" reports BBC News.
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Since beginning airstrikes in Syria Russia has targeted an area in the north west of Syria which is currently home to various rebel organisations including western funded groups such as the so-called Free Syrian army but also Al Qaeda. Russia claimes to have also struck Daesh forces.
Daesh formerly called ISIL hols great swathes of the eastern regions of Syria.
Forces loyal to Bashar al Assad hold a slender region along the south west.
Syria borders Turkey in the north, Iraq in the south plus Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel; Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia, plus a handful of former Soviet Union states are in the mix.
In a week when the British P.M. David Cameron intends to put the case for the U.K. to join NATO forces in a fight to crush Daesh a downed Russian jet is bad news.
Most people even after Paris have little stomach for more wanton bombing unless there is a clear and concise plan for what will happen post-conflict.
U.S. trained 'rebels' possibly terrorists by another name continue to morph and move into other groups and the purpose of ousting Assad is now vague and fuzzy.
There is little doubt that more is happening than we know; people are kept in the dark up to a point and real agendas are often well hidden. This leads to conspiracy theorists having a field day and a lack of confidence in western governments.
In the House of Commons Monday front bench Tories tried deriding Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn laughing in his face; a man of principles and peace agreeing to war will not sit well with him.
But perhaps we should be grateful for that.
Another knee jerk reaction resulting in mass killings on a grand scale with the Middle East further destabilised may feel good revenge for the Paris attacks but will solve little.
Innocents abroad will get killed with targeted airstrikes; that is a fact of life.
And if there is one thing bound to breed more terrorists with hate in their hearts it is killing innocent men, women and children.
Daesh must be beaten but how is still not clear.
One thing the downing of the Russian fighter jet illustrates is how easy the fight against Daesh could become a fight among the rest of us; yes WWIII is knocking on our door.