Syrian fighter jet shot down by Turkey

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in AnkaraTurkish armed forces have shot down a Syrian military jet which had violated its airspace, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

“A Syrian plane violated our airspace,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. “Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard.”

Syria condemned what it called a “blatant aggression” and said the jet was pursuing rebel fighters inside Syria. It said the pilot had managed to eject before the plane crashed.

The incident reportedly took place in the northern border region, near an area where Syrian rebels and government forces are fighting for control of a border crossing.

The Turkish general staff said one of its control centers detected two Syrian MIG-23s around 1 pm (1100 GMT) and warned them four times after they came close to the Turkish border.

One plane entered Turkish airspace at Yayladagi, east of the Kasab border crossing, it said. A Turkish F-16 fired a rocket at the Syrian jet and it crashed around 1,200 meters (1,300 yards) inside Syrian territory.

Amateur video released by rebel fighters showed smoke rising from wooded hills in the border area where they said the plane had come down.

The rebels have been fighting since Friday for control of the Kasab crossing, one of several counter-offensives since they retreated this week from a crusader castle near the Lebanese frontier and town on a vital cross-border supply route.

State television said Hilal al-Assad, a cousin of the president and local leader of the National Defence Force militia which has been supporting the army’s efforts to crush the rebellion, was killed near Kasab on Sunday.

Assad’s soldiers, backed by Iran and Shi’ite forces from Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, have been pushing rebels back in the centre of the country around Damascus and Homs, but have only a minimal presence in most of north and eastern Syria.

“UNPRECEDENTED” TURKISH INTERVENTION

The incident occurred six months after Turkish warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter which crossed into Turkish airspace in the same border area.

Once a close ally of Assad, Erdogan became a fierce critic of the president’s military response to Syria’s uprising and has sheltered and supported rebels battling to overthrow him.

Authorities in Damascus say this week’s Islamist rebel offensive around the Kasab border crossing marked a new escalation, accusing Turkey of firing tank and artillery shells into Syria to provide cover for the fighters.

A source at Syria’s foreign ministry called Turkey’s actions “unprecedented and unjustified”, state news agency SANA said.

More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, while 2.5 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries and millions more need humanitarian aid.

Assad’s forces have already lost control of most border crossings with Turkey during the three-year civil war but had held on to Kasab, gateway to the coastal province of Latakia that has remained an Assad stronghold.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said heavy clashes continued for a third day around Kasab, where rebels have seized control of the border crossing but Assad’s forces, who still control the nearby Kasab village, have been fighting back, supported by air power.

The British-based anti-Assad Observatory said rebels also launched another attack in Latakia on Sunday in the village of Solas, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Kasab.

They also fired two rockets into the coastal city of Latakia, the main hub for operations to ship out Syria’s chemical weapons for destruction under a deal reached with the United States and Russia. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

In the northern city of Aleppo, rebels said they had captured a former police station on the edge of the city’s ancient citadel, as well as installations in the Layramoun district and a nearby hill overlooking the main road into Aleppo from the northwest.

Reuters

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11 responses to “Syrian fighter jet shot down by Turkey”

  1. He does look like a slapper!

  2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Violations against airspace responded with a hard slap, mmmmm sounds familiar most girls respond like that.

    1. Lol. Now you will be branded as a woman basher as well. -:)))))

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        He’s probably had a few slaps. Easier on him than one from a guy with a club, I’d say. 😉

      2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
        Maborlz Ez-Hari

        I’ve had a few slaps, a few your disgusting but what do you do sometimes you can’t help but violate some ones air space and generally it’s worth a few laughs.

      3. barabie Avatar

        U obviously have comprehension issues. MarborlZ didn’t threaten to hit a female, unlike u!

        1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
          Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Spot on Barabie, I haven’t got a violent bone in my body.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Syria thinks it has a ‘right’ to fly into anyone’s ‘airspace’ to kill those it wishes to. Sounds vaguely familiar doesn’t it?? And I won’t name names, of course. :-)) BUT, The real ‘trick’ is to have some equal ability to re-establish that ‘clean-air’ space that everyone seems to love.
    And after that, it’s only politicians blowing the air around. Piffle.

  4. Turkey. What about your innocent brothers and sisters who are being slaughtered by the evil butcher, aren’t you going to defend them, for all they have to defend themselves with is what they have captured from Assheads forces, very light artillery.

    ‪#‎What was our crime that ‪#‎Turkey‬’s rulers left us to be devoured by the zalim ‪#‎baathist‬ regime?

    Where is the sanctity of the blood of Muslims today?

    حدثنا عبد الله بن عمر قال رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يطوف بالكعبة ويقول ما أطيبك وأطيب ريحك ما أعظمك وأعظم حرمتك والذي نفس محمد بيده لحرمة المؤمن أعظم عند الله حرمة منك

    Abdulla bin Umar said – I saw the Prophet doing tawwaf around the Ka’aba saying “How sweet/ good are you and how sweet is your scent. How great are you and how great is your sanctity. By the One who the soul of Mohammad is in His Hand the sanctity of a believer is greater with Allah than your sanctity” [Ibn Maja]

    1. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
      Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

      Turkey won’t even admit the 1-2 million people killed during its formation. It won’t even admit that there has been genocide in Darfour.

  5. Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel Avatar
    Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    It’s awwwwwwwwwn.

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