A Terror Warning in Sinai

It may be some time before investigators in Egypt can confirm claims by Islamic State (ISIS) that it is responsible for the “downing” last weekend of a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai peninsula, ostensibly in retaliation for Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria. Russian commercial carriers have a notorious safety record, and it’s too soon to rule out that a structural or mechanical failure caused the plane to break apart in the sky, killing 224 passengers and crew.

  • Xavier

    Yep. Planes experience explosive decompression all the time.

    • Millie_Woods

      There’s people who believe that dubya staged the World Trade Center’s destruction and that no plane hit the pentagon. Then there’s ‘the Jews did it’ crowd. We live in weird times, nothing surprises me anymore.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It’s like ‘faking the moon landings’ in that it would have been harder to fake them than actually land on the moon.

  • Maggat

    Structural or mechanical failure. Come on now, give your head a shake.
    I’ve called a bomb, either in luggage or food cart, since day one. Odds are that is what happened.

    • Xavier

      And so did the terrorists!

  • Dana Garcia

    The former head of the CIA, James Woolsey, believes it was a bomb on board. Furthermore, he thinks it can happen on US planes because Obama allows unscreened immigrant baggage handlers.


  • edlancey

    The yanks and the British want it to be a bomb rather than a SAM since a SAM almost certainly means it came from the fubar that is Libya.

    They seem to be blaming Russia if it was a bomb. Better to just let ISIS slaughter people than upset them.

    • Ho Hum

      I agree. The Brits were first out of the gate with the “bomb on-board” theory despite having zero evidence and yet when a Thomson airlines jet narrowly avoided being shot down by a missile on approach to Sharm-el-sheik in August British intelligence kept it hushed up for months.

      Even if the jet was brought down by a bomb placed inside I don’t see how Putin is to blame but the media and US and UK politicians are spinning this as Putin being punished for his “intervention” in Syria. It wouldn’t surprise me if Obama and Cameron are taking delight over the deaths of 224 innocent white Europeans.

      • Exile1981

        the thomas jet was under 5000 feet and shot at with a manpac. The russian jet was at 31,000 feet when it was destroyed, which is way too high for a shoulder fired missile. Sattelite data and radar data do not show a missile climbing up to altitude which negates the idea of a truck mounted unit and there was no fighters in the area to launch an air to air at the plane. So most likely it was a bomb.

        • Ho Hum

          True – too high for MANPADS but truck mounted SA-8 Gecko SAM’s were stolen from Libya’s stockpile also. The SA-8 Gecko can reach an altitude of 40,000 ft. There have been reports that Egyptian military caught rebels trying to bring truck-mounted SAM’s into the Sinai. ISIS in Syria have experience using the SA-8 Gecko SAM launcher. I wouldn’t rule out possibility that ISIS in Sinai have SAM launchers. In July ISIS in the Sinai fired a rocket on an Egyptian naval vessel that was two miles off the cost. From the video it looks like the rocket was much bigger than a MANPAD. I believe ISIS in the Sinai have capabilities beyond MANPAD’s

          • Exile1981

            it’s possible they do have a truck unit but there is no contrsil or evidence ( made public) that a missile was used; the sat images and radar showed no missile…. or at least that is what the parties controlling them say.

            Now I’m not 100% convinced the Thomas jet was even a manpac.

            The egyptians claim it was a flare. The Thomas pilot was.supposedly ex military. A flare has a vastly different flight path than a missile.
            I find it exceptional that a passenger liner could take extreme enough evasive manouvers to cause a manpac to loose lock without the passengers panicing. So I’m thinking that either the manpac was fired without a lock or it was an unguided rocket like the palis use.

        • edlancey

          still doesn’t alter the disgraceful fact that the Brits kept it quiet – and that manpac probably came from Libya.

          • Exile1981

            No it doesn’t, but the brit pilot did report it to the Egyptians and his own company.

          • edlancey

            No doubt. It’s the fucking weasels in British politics who no doubt didn’t want to upset “community relations”.

      • Maggat

        I would hope you are wrong.

  • simus1

    When ISIS tried to sell the “It was our missile that brought down the plane” story that was a pretty good indicator it was their bomb. There are going to be a lot of gangsters and terrorists mad at them now because they used and abused one of the prime drug smuggling systems set up to convert their stuff into hard currency.

  • Xavier

    Islamic State video congratulates Sinai ‘province’ for downing Russian airliner: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/11/islamic-state-video-congratulates-sinai-province-for-downing-russian-airliner.php