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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.
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
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.
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.
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.