Russia has launched a dozen airstrikes against the insurgent-held area of Turkey near the Syrian border, where a Russian jet was shot down yesterday. Rebel forces reportedly shot and killed one of the pilots and chanted “Allahu Akbar” over his dead body. The pilot who was killed, Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, will now posthumously receive Russia’s highest state honor.
President Vladimir Putin confirmed that the other pilot, Captain Konstantin Murahtin, who was initially thought to have always been killed, was rescued after a 12-hours. A joint operation with Syrian government forces managed to rescue Captain Murahtin, and he has now been taken to a Russian air base.
The Turkish army shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 war plane, killing two pilots. The pilots were shot dead as they parachuted to the ground, and a helicopter on a rescue mission was also shot down, killing a third pilot. Turkey claims the jet breached their airspace, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has angry refuted the claims.
President Putin slammed Turkey’s actions as “treachery” and “a stab in the back by accomplices of terrorists.” Sir Michael Graydon, the former head of the Royal Air Force, labeled the act a “monstrous diplomatic problem” and said it may “change the course of history” as a furious Russia prepares to potentially take action against Turkey.
Lawyers for Ahmed Mohamed have demanded $15 million. Mohamed made international headlines in September after he was arrested for bringing his clock invention to school after police thought it was a bomb. His family is now demanding $10 million from the city of Irving, Texas, and a further $5 million from the Irving Independent School District.
According to his lawyers, Mohamed was “publicly mistreated”. He has been taking full advantage of the attention he received after being arrested, as he’s toured across the world, meeting with dignitaries and making speeches. His family is now moving to Doha, Qatar, where he will attend the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.