Friday, June 22, 2012

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A Turkish two-seat fighter jet, a older Phantom, was shot down by Syrian air defense forces today and crashed into Syrian waters in the Mediterranean Sea.  It is believed that the flight crew was rescued.  Syria has 'apologized' for the incident, but this is more likely an attempt to defuse the situation.  Phantoms are old twin-engine fighters from the Vietnam War era, but are still a good fighter if updated.  The Turkish Air Force began purchasing F-4E Phantom IIs in 1974 and over the years acquired both additional new Phantoms and used ones from America and the German Luftwaffe.  In 1995 the Israelis upgraded 54 Turkish F-4Es to the 'F-4E 2020 Terminator' variant.  Turkey has had approximately 40 RF-4E recon versions in addition to the fighter variants.  In a joint air combat exercise with China in 2010, the Turkish upgraded Phantoms successfully defeated Su-27s in mock combat.  It is not known if the Phantom shot down was a recon RF-4E but this seems likely.  If the Phantom was, in fact, on a recon mission, it was likely testing the air defense system of Syria prior to a full scale attack, while AWACS and EW aircraft (and ground and space operators) monitored the events. This event is indicative, not proof, but strongly indicative that military movement to all-out war with Syria continues and is in fairly late stages.   Stirling     

Syrian security forces 'shoot down' Turkish fighter jet over Mediterranean Sea ~ link ~ Turkey's state-run television said that Syrian vessels had joined the search for the missing Turkish military jet.

TRT television said the Turkish coast guard, reinforced from the air by helicopters and a plane, launched a search in the area and that three Syrian vessels joined it.

Syria downs Turkish fighter jet ~ link ~ Do keep in mind that Turkey is a full long-time member of NATO and that all NATO nations are required to come to the aid of any NATO nation that is militarily attacked by a foreign power.  While I do not think that this will result in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) war powers being called into play...what happens the 'next time'???  Stirling    

Reports in Turkey initially stated that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Syria had apologised for shooting down the plane. "Syria immediately offered a very serious apology for the incident and admitted it was a mistake", Haberturk daily newspaper quoted Mr Erdogan as saying onboard a plane on the way to Turkey from Brazil.
However, Mr Erdogan later told a news conference that he could not confirm reports that Syria had shot it down and had apologised. 

Turkey is a member of Nato, meaning that it could invoke Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty and summon the aid of all 28 countries in the alliance if it comes under attack. Turkey's government is a strident critic of President Bashar al-Assad's regime and tension has risen along the land border between the two neighbours. 

Turkish Prime Minister could not yet confirm Turkish Air Force war plane shot down by Syria ~ link ~ It was not clear exactly how or where the incident occurred, but the military’s earlier statement said the connection with the Turkish F-4 aircraft was lost at 11:58 a.m., over the sea just off the southwest of the Hatay province, bordering Syria. The plane had taken off from the Erhaç airbase in Malatya, Central Anatolia at 10:00 a.m. It was also not clear what purpose the Turkish jet was serving in that region, but there are unconfirmed reports that it was carrying out a reconnaissance flight. It is not known whether the plane was shot down by a Syrian jet or by a surface to air missile.

The NTV private news channel reported that the plane had crashed in Syrian territorial waters, but that there had been no violation of the Syrian border, citing unnamed military sources.

According to information the Daily News gathered from official sources, the Turkish military launched a broad search and rescue operation to find the plane and the two pilots who ejected themselves and fell in the water. Sources said Syria had dispatched three guard boats to contribute to Turkish efforts, as the search was taking place in Syrian territorial waters. The first news that Syria shot the Turkish jet down came from local sources in Lebanon and Syria. Erdoğan said alongside with Turkey’s four guard boats Syria joined efforts with own vessels.  A local witness has told RT Arabic that the plane crashed on Syrian territory and that the two pilots were captured.

Debka claims shoot down of Turkish jet was Syrian retaliation for Turkish involvement in the defection of a Syrian Air Force pilot in his MiG-21 yesterday - There were two jets that infiltrated Syrian airspace, only one escaped, the intruders could have been Israeli instead of Turkish ~ link ~ debkafile’s military sources report that Syrian anti air defenses shot the plane down in an ambush calculated to retaliate for the defection of the Syrian Air Force pilot Col. Hassan Maray al-Hamadeh to Jordan a day earlier with his MiG-21 warplane. Officials in Damascus are certain his defection was organized by US and Turkish intelligence.

DamPress and other Syrian news agencies reported at 16:00 local time Friday that two military aircraft infiltrated Syrian airspace over Latakia and broke the sound barrier while flying low in threatening formation. One was hit by Syrian anti-air fire and the second escaped. DamPress speculates that the intruders were either Turkish or Israeli. The Turkish press reported later that a search operation rescued the two pilots of the downed aircraft from the sea. The plane has not been found. Since Thursday, Syria’s entire air fleet has been grounded while its spy agencies screen flight personnel for more potential defectors.

Syrian defector was from village under the control of foreign mercenaries and his wife and four children were held by them ~ link ~ Our sources disclose that the defector came from the village of Meles in the Idlib district of northern Syria where he has left his wife, four children and family. This village is one of the few parts of the embattled district to remain in Free Syrian Army rebel hands. Their agents were certainly involved in helping to arrange his escape. 

Erdogan leaves Syrian apology, for shooting down Turkish jet, unconfirmed ~ link ~ Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could not bring any light to what happened to a military plane that was reportedly shot down by Syria, as he talked to media after the plane's disappearance.

Erdogan did not confirm reports that Damascus had apologized for shooting down the plane. The PM also refrained from sharing any information about the fate of the two pilots, who were reported as rescued earlier. Further statements are expected after a security meeting.
The plane crashed into or nearby Syrian territorial waters earlier today, according to reports. A missile fired by the Syrian defense system shattered it to pieces after which the jet plunged into the Mediterranean Sea. 
Did Syria shoot down a Turkish warplane? ~ link ~ Moreover, since Turkey is a member of NATO, an unprovoked attack by Syria on its warplane could pose grave consequences for Damascus -- since an attack on one NATO member is considered, by the treaty that established the alliance, as an attack on the group as a whole.
The Turkish military said the plane was an American-made F-4E Phantom. Turkey flies an updated version of the Vietnam-era vintage U.S. fighter-bomber, which it calls the F-4E 2020 Terminator and modernized with the help of Israel. In Turkish service, the F-4 is employed mainly for reconnaissance and ground attack, although it is capable of being employed as an air-defense jet and taking down enemy planes. 

Turkish jet shot down by Syria? ~ link ~ Hurriyet daily newspaper reported that the plane had gone down in international waters and that the two airmen had been found alive and well by Turkish forces.

Turkish Prime Minister to hold extraordinary security meeting in Ankara ~ link ~ Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will arrange an extraordinary security meeting and meet Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, head of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel following this afternoon’s crash of a Turkish war plane over Syrian waters.  

The meeting will be focused on the plane crash, as well as the recent terrorist attacks in Turkey.

Turkish warplane 'missing' near Syrian border ~ link ~ Lebanon's al-Manar television channel - controlled by Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah movement, an ally of the Syrian government - also reported that Syrian security sources had said that "Syrian air defences shot down a Turkish warplane and hit another in Syrian airspace".

Turkish warplane missing off Syria ~ link ~ Mr Erdogan confirmed that the plane went down some eight miles from the Syrian town of Latakia over the Mediterranean Sea. "Four of our gunboats and some Syrian gunboats are carrying out a joint search there," he said.

Mr Erdogan, citing lack of information, said he could not say why the Turkish plane was flying in that area. He said a detailed statement might be issued later following a security meeting with Cabinet ministers and military leaders. The meeting was originally called to discuss intensified Kurdish rebel attacks in Turkey.

Turkish warplane crashes in Syrian territorial waters ~ link ~ The Turkish military said controllers lost radar and radio contact with the plane after it took off from Erhac airport in the eastern Turkey province of Malatya. The province borders Syria.

Conflicting reports on what caused the crash have emerged.

NCC Turk television said Turkey was in contact with Syrian authorities in a bid to coordinate the rescue mission but the Turkish daily Hurriyet said the two crew had been rescued by the Turkish military.

1 comment:

john alex said...

lord stirling.. my name is st.john family being associated to the queen and british military fraternity in the past, in 1998 i had the privilige of walking to jerusalem from the sea of galilee.on my journey i believe i had a revelation ..i have always had an affiliation with the book of revelations and do absolutely agree with you about the imminent war, the last war..'armageddon' as i am sure you know translated ,means the valley of megiddon. the syrians(arabs/muslims) stated many years ago that they were going to push the israelites into the mediteranean, and the easiest way is through the golan heights ,which leads from damascus..for some reason ,other than insanity, i want it to transpire, for it truly means that the one and only lord is on his way.. it is the way it is meant to be.. amen