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Turkey Downs Syria Military Jet 'in Airspace Violation'

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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says its armed forces have shot down a Syrian military jet which had violated its airspace.

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Kit B (276)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:48 am
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says its armed forces have shot down a Syrian military jet which had violated its airspace.

He warned such action by Syria merited a "heavy response".

But Syria accused Turkey of "blatant aggression", saying the plane had been over Syrian territory at the time.

The incident reportedly occurred in an area where Syrian rebels and government forces have been fighting for control of a border crossing.

Turkey and Syria - once allies - have more than 500 miles (800km) of common border.

The BBC's James Reynolds in Istanbul says Turkey and Syria have been on opposing sides in Syria's war since October 2011, and there have been a number of engagements and firefights.

However neither side is interested in a direct, sustained, open war or conflict between the two countries, our correspondent says.

'Caught fire and crashed'
***Photo at SITE***

Speaking at a rally of supporters, Mr Erdogan congratulated his air force on its actions on Sunday.

"A Syrian plane violated our airspace. Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard," he said.

A Syrian military source, quoted by state television, said Turkish air defences had shot down a Syrian jet as it attacked rebels on Syrian territory - an act of "blatant aggression".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights - a UK-based activist group - said initial reports from the area suggested the plane came down on the Syrian side of the border.

"Turkish air defences targeted a Syrian fighter bomber as it struck areas of the northern province of Latakia. The plane caught fire and crashed in Syrian territory," the Observatory said.

According to one report, the plane's pilot was able to eject.

****Millions of Syrians have fled the violence since the uprising against President Assad began in March 2011
Rules of engagement changed**** Picture of refugees at SITE***

In September last year, Turkey said it had shot down a Syrian helicopter close to its border. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the aircraft was engaged by fighter jets after violating Turkish air space.

A Turkish fighter jet was shot down by Syria over the Mediterranean in June 2012, after Syrian forces said it had entered the country's airspace.

After this incident, the Turkish government announced that it had revised its military rules of engagement towards Syria and would consider every military element approaching its border from Syria as a threat.

Hundreds of thousands have fled Syria for Turkey to escape the three-year uprising against President Assad.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began.

According to UN figures, 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced by the civil war, and 2.5 million are registered as refugees. Lebanon has taken the highest number of refugees, followed by Jordan and Turkey.

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Sue H (7)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 9:04 am
This does not bode well....

JL A (281)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 11:48 am
Makes one wonder whether the two countries fully agree on exactly where their borders are.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 12:27 pm

I worry that they are both ready to fight over those borders. Erdogan is dead set on total control of the people of Turkey and Assad, well we have seen enough of his shenanigans.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:19 pm
Let us hope things do not escalate, there is enough wars and problems going on over in that part of the world.

Richelle R (62)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:48 pm
Why do grown men still play games that little boys play? One boy offends another, and the other gets mad. It's your fault. No, you started it first. No, you did. No, you did. Unfortunately, a case like this is not on a playground involving 2 kids. This kind of crap involves grown men with military and harsh weapons. And many innocent people end up paying the price of a game they did not want to play in the first place.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:24 pm
Thanks for all the info, my friend. I hope this does not become a full-blown war; there are too many wars and battles and silly fights going on in too many places already

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:30 pm
I hope it's true the pilot could save himself! I think this is all about the election and this incident did get him much applause from his own party, just another show-off as being the big man. But I won't rule out completely that it COULD have been more than that, like preparing for NATO'S ATTENTION TO THAT AREA once he did before when demanding those patriot systems for "protection" from Syria. (when Turkey is perfectly equipped to defend and protect herself)

Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:03 pm
The world is a tinderbox Kit, and war is so dangerous. I'm just glad that I and my family are Christians and believe strongly in God. We will place our trust in him alone, as men have never been able to live in peace because of the abundance of greed in the world.

Sherri G (128)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:58 pm
I think we are back in the cold war. I agree with Frank the world is a tinder box. Diplomacy needs to do everything and then some to keep us out of wars. TY Kit Noted

Sherri G (128)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:59 pm
I think we are back in the cold war. I agree with Frank the world is a tinder box. Diplomacy needs to do everything and then some to keep us out of wars. TY Kit Noted

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:25 am
Thanks for the Article

. (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 9:08 am
What do you do when a goodly percentage of your population accuses you of financial malfeasance among other thing? You shut down Twitter and other social networking sites and then you create an incident by shooting down a plane in a conflict area that doesn't threaten your national security. Rah, rah, rah let's create the incident that will inflame the national sentiment of us against them. This is a diversionary tactic many of them employ.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Monday March 24, 2014, 11:50 am

I think Erdogan's Zero Problems policy is not working anymore. It seems with the scandals, imprisonments, firings, protests and all, he actually has more of a Lots of Problems policy.

It could be that he's getting a bit testy. The Syrian war has the potential to spill over into a number of other countries. I hope this most recent move doesn't draw more countries into it.


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Tuesday March 25, 2014, 2:38 pm
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Colin Hope (243)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 2:16 am
An eye for an eye philosophy.......... and the US makes money replacing the F-16s..... and we all scream for peace............ how bloody ironic!!

Kitty Heardman (22)
Monday March 31, 2014, 4:27 am
sad news
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