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It does appear that the Turkish Air Force sent two Phantom jets on a probing electronic recon mission into Syrian airspace and managed to get one of them shot down and a second likely damaged. It is uncertain if the two-man flight crew from the shot down aircraft is alive or what damages and injuries were received on the other Phantom. The two jets did a very low-level high-speed run into Syrian airspace, from the sea, to probe the Syrian response and electronic systems. This is something that is often done shortly before an all-out air attack. Further, the Turks will be able to claim that "they" were attacked by Syria. Even if Article V (mutual defense) of the NATO treaty is not invoked this time, it makes such an invocation much more likely 'the next time' Turkey decides to "probe". Things continue to head down the road to Armageddon/World War III.
Tim Earl of Stirling
Turkey vows response after Syria downs plane ~ link ~ Syria shot down a Turkish warplane over the Mediterranean on Friday and Ankara warned it would respond decisively to the incident that threatened a new international dimension to the 16-month revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Escalation: Syria says Turkish war jet shot down WAS over Syrian territorial waters ~ link ~ The "Syrianna" story from this afternoon, which many were quick to label as merely a lot of diplomatic hot air and rhetoric, just turned uglier, after Syria not only did not officially apologize as Turkey PM Erdogan implied had happened previously for the shot down Turkish F-4 fighter jet, but instead turned the tables on Turkey, and gave itself an out for what is now a definitive military action. From Reuters:
The Syrian military said it shot down a Turkish military aircraft "over Syrian territorial waters" on Friday. "Our air defences confronted a target that penetrated our air space over our territorial waters pre-afternoon on Friday and shot it down. It turned out to be a Turkish military plane," a statement by the military circulated on state media said.
Syria did down Turkish fighter jet over its territorial waters - with video ~ link ~ The jet was unlikely to be carrying out a simple reconnaissance mission, but was probably a provocative probe to test the Syrian security initiative and ability to protect its borders, believes author and academic Colin S. Cavell. Being a NATO member, Turkey can count on the alliance's support if it comes under attack, he says. “The F-4 Phantom is utilized and supplied by the US to Turkey, and of course the United States and Turkey can claim that Syria has attacked it,” Cavell told RT. “Of course that would be the ruse they will utilize if they wanted NATO to further intervene. But I don’t think they are going to call on NATO right now.”
The Turkish military provided no details about the mission of its downed jet, but Turkish media outlets said it was on a reconnaissance flight.
Turkish media outlets are saying that the two members of the jet’s crew have been rescued, but other news agencies say the men are still missing.
It said Turkey "will determinedly take necessary steps" in response, without saying what those actions would be. "Following the evaluation of data provided by our related institutions and the findings of the joint search and rescue efforts with Syria, it is understood that our plane was downed by Syria," the statement said, without providing other details.
According to Syria’s official news agency, SANA, the massacre took place in Daret Azzeh area in Aleppo countryside on Friday and the victims had been kidnapped by armed gangs earlier in the day.
Some reports suggest that the victims are all government supporters. Many civilians are still being held by the terrorists and their fate remains unknown.
Damascus has also said that armed groups are hampering rescue efforts in the crisis-hit city of Homs by opening fire at the International Red Crescent and the Syrian Red Cross delegation trying to evacuate the wounded, the elders, children and women from the city.
Syrian authorities say terrorist groups are holding nearly 5,000 civilians hostage in Homs, who are in need of immediate help.
Since Monday, 10 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
The Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The two presidents plan to discuss a range of regional and international issues.
The lower house of the Paraguayan Congress impeached Lugo on Thursday, and the Senate opened his trial on Friday and quickly reached a guilty verdict, ousting Lugo. Lugo was immediately replaced by Vice President Federico Franco, a ferocious opponent of the leftist leader. Franco was sworn in as the new president of Paraguay on Friday evening.