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The Turkish foreign minister says the military jet shot down by the Syrian military on Friday was not spying on Syria. It was testing a domestic radar system and was fired upon without warning upon leaving Syrian airspace, he said.

­The jet was unarmed, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with TRT TV channel on Sunday.

The minister confirmed that the aircraft did enter Syrian airspace before being engaged by the country’s air defenses, but stressed that it had happened by mistake.

He insisted that the jet was taken down in international airspace after leaving Syrian territory.

The jet’s wreckage was located on Sunday, according to a Turkish TV report. The debris is lying in Syrian territorial waters at a depth of some 1,300 meters, the report said.

Davutoglu further said the attack happened without warning in violation of international law, and that Ankara will take the necessary steps in response.

Turkey will report on the incident to other NATO members next week, he added.

A meeting to discuss the incident will be convened on Tuesday, a NATO spokesperson said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague derided the downing as an “outrageous act” and a “deplorable incident that underlines the urgent need to find a solution to the current crisis in Syria.” He said Britain is ready to pursue robust action on Syria at the UN Security Council.

The Turkish reconnaissance McDonnell Douglas RF-4E had taken off from Erhac airbase in southeastern Turkey and was shot down on Friday. It was initially identified as an F-4 Phantom fighter jet, of which the RF-4E is a variant.

Damascus insists that it acted in defense of its national sovereignty in shooting down the aircraft, which violated its borders.

The jet’s two pilots are still missing. A search and rescue operation to find them is underway.

Syria and Turkey have been at odds for months, as Syria continues to be embroiled in a 16-month-long civil conflict. Damascus believes Ankara is indirectly supporting the Syrian armed opposition forces by turning a blind eye on their use of refugee camps on Turkish soil to rest and regroup. Turkey on its part has been highly critical of the Syrian government’s crackdown on the opposition.

After a UN-brokered ceasefire failed to lead to peace talks, there is much speculation that NATO may launch a military campaign against Damascus similar to that the alliance waged in Libya. NATO carried out a bombing campaign against the Libyan government in 2011, which tipped the military balance in favor of the rebel forces there and resulted in the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government.

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  • Clem

    May be NATO is trying to get Russia to engage in an attempt to widen the conflict in Syria. The Middle east would explode in war taking everyones attention off of the E.U. falling apart economically. No, the pilot and first officer are alive and being held. Who knows, could have been set up as a drone! Where are the WEPS? Not enough info from the ground.

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  • Pro Justice

    There is no reliable source that can support the way any of it was reported, or it ever really happened at all.

    Before these alleged incidents happened within a week,
    Turkey demanded NATO to take military action against Syria, without going through the United Nations (UN) first. Any one of the Big Five countries + Germany say no, it cannot be done.

    — TURKEY and IRAQ have been fighting ever since the USA troops pulled out. And Iraq is no match for Turkey force or even insurgents – I feel sorry for the Iraqi population.

    Eutimes’ article: 10,000 Turkish Troops Pour into Northern Iraq

    — In June 2012, this month Turkey received drones from Israel. Israel is the only one allowed to make drones – One of America’s best, and I don’t know any other country that does.

    — TURKEY has increased its military tremendously; it has more troops than all European countries combined.

    — One article discuses “the road to TEHERAN is through DAMASCUS”, the oldest city in biblical history.

    :roll: Turkey was an empire in the past, so the world should take notice.

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    • Jack Longchamp

      What are you talking about, the turkish army gets regularly bashed
      by the kurdish Freedom Fighters (sorry but no-one will call
      them “terrorists” yet.

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      • Damien

        Where is this hate coming from? Noone will call them terrorist? PKK is deemed as terrorist organization by both EU and US. Each of those people crossing border at night and killing Turkish people are terrorists and will have the faith of most terrorists, which is painful death. You’re calling them freedom fighters? Go wilt in your own excrement.

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  • Damien

    No reliable source? Check this out. It happened in front of many eye whitnesses.
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-shot-turkish-jet-in-front-of-many-eyewitnesses.aspx?pageID=238&nID=24048&NewsCatID=409

    What happened to restricting your comments to things that you know. Turkey never demanded NATO action against Syria. Because Turkey feels close to the people Syrian government is accused of killing and therefore not happy with Assad. Turkey and Iraq have never fought. Turkey clears Kurdish terrorists every once in a while in Kandil mountains. This has been happening since sarly 80’s.

    You write like you’re confident of your knowledge, but in fact, you don’t know shit. How abotu Iran as one of the Drone making countries, how about Venezuela recently joining them?

    Turks have always had large military because army duty is mandatory for all men. With population of 70million, yes it is a large army. But you can’t show me one instance that Turks ever threatened anyone with war or violence. Can you say that about your country? Again, please comment on things you know.

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  • Pro Justice

    @ Damien – You must be stupid!!! I did not ask you to trust me or to read my posting just. Many times in the past when I provided just one link; my posting did not show even though it had the posting number. And I did not want to take that chance.

    You are either on DRUGS since you strongly advocate drugs and keep spamming my postings.

    Or

    You’re more likely a TROLL since all of your platforms are ALIGNED with the Illite and are 100% different than the majority of others.

    To prove me or others wrong, you must provide a logical explanation along with facts, not just insults or direct people to your progressive propagandists, like The Ticket team on Yahoo website, but I do like Yahoo.

    People will decide what’s good for them or what to believe or not to believe.
    You are NOT the one who will decide for them/people.

    :roll: So moron, now who do you think gave Iran the latest technology since the experts know Iran’s military is still in the dinosaur age??

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    • Damien

      I understand why you’re angry, if someone came and disproved all my points, I’d be angry too. But you’re not angry to me, you’re angry to yourself for being dumb and making dumb, baseless comments.

      Let me understand what you’re saying now. Becuase I disprooved everything you said, I’m on drugs?

      Do you want me to repeat your stupid comments? how about the first one, there’s no reliable source for this news. You must not know anything to make this comment. How did you come to this conclusion? Syrian government admited they shoot at the plane and even specified what kind of ammunition they used. Who’s on drugs now?

      How about your second comment that is equally baseless. Turkey and Iraq have been fighting? What world are you living? It must not be earth, because Turkish army hadn’t been in war since the WW1. Even 1974 action in Cyprus did not qualify as war. So tell us, in the world you live, what else have we been doing?

      People will believe what they can confirm. You can too, if you take the time to read the news. If you make comments out of your tailpipe, you’ll get people like me disproving your ignorant comments.

      O you gave Iran the technology? With their dinosaur age technology, they hacked your drone and landed it without a scratch. Now they already back engineered it and sharing the technology with all your enemies. Be proud.

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    • Pro Justice

      Comrade Damien :evil: — My comments are for someone who knows what’s going on during the last 100 years, and not for any clueless loony or for any ferocious TROLL. I do not approve of underhanded people like you, their false flags, or their hidden agenda.

      Damien said: “I understand why you’re angry, if someone came and disproved all my points, I’d be angry too.”

      — Damien, that’s why you always spammed my postings and called me stupid and filled your postings with insults.

      Damien said: “But you’re not angry to me, you’re angry to yourself for being dumb and making dumb, baseless comments.”

      — Damien, it’s you who is angry and who is going ballistic. Remember, you spammed my postings and tried to argue with me; you called me stupid and said my postings were filled with baseless comments. Only trolls, dumb or psychotic people like you would do that.

      Damien: “Let me understand what you’re saying now. Becuase I disprooved everything you said, I’m on drugs?”

      — Comrade, you act like one. Damien, re-read what I said, don’t twist the facts. In fact, you tried to discredit me, because I did not post a link and did not buy into your media’s lies. You demanded to legalize illegal drugs around the world, and you are definitely a Troll who sells your people’s agenda.

      Damien: “Do you want me to repeat your stupid comments? How about the first one, there’s no reliable source for this news. You must not know anything to make such a comment. How did you come to this conclusion? The Syrian government admitted they shot at the plane..”

      — Damien, people have checked and said there was no apology from Syrian gov’t about the incidents. It’s just a claim from you, the progressive media and their agents to mislead the world. Even if it did happen as Trolls and the media said, (a) who are the real shooters here. There’s always a Second (2nd) shooter in almost every incident – So who is it? Turkey or Syria (b) Did Turkey intentionally violate Syria’s airspace or Syria felt threatened – The world does not know the truth.

      Damien: “How about your second comment that is equally baseless. Turkey and Iraq have been fighting?

      — Comrade, there are many articles about the conflicts and Iraqi leader(s) was missing. Again, Eutimes’ article: 10,000 TURKISH TROOPS POUR INTO NORTHERN IRAQ.

      Damien: “People will believe what they can confirm. You can too, if you take the time to read the news. – Damien, stupid people repeatedly make insulting comments to the people they call stupid.”

      — Damien :evil:, so you’re admitting you’re stupid, right? Or you feel threatened, that’s why you continuously discredit your rivals; as people said this is a Zionist tactic which the media has been using for over a century, at least.

      Damien, “O you gave Iran the technology? With their dinosaur age technology, they hacked your drone and landed it without a scratch.

      — Comrade, so who gave them the drone to be able to hack it. Just propaganda, if the drones are used to attack America, it must be a false flag- someone’s using this to blame their rivals.

      Damien: “Now they already back engineered it and sharing the technology with all your enemies. Be proud. What happened to restricting your comments to things that you know.

      — Damien, Russia is trying to buy our drone and does not have the capability, but you are trying to brainwash people into believing that other small countries do??? What a con-artist who is the one spamming people’s posting to discredit them.

      Damien: “You write like you’re confident of your knowledge, but in fact, you don’t know shit. Again, please comment on things you know.”

      — Comrade – According to you, I don’t know shit. That’s why you constantly spamming my postings and are trying to sell your communist platforms. Again don’t argue with people you call stupid, everyone knows only stupid people WOULD argue and spam stupid postings That’s according to your rules which ONLY PROVE YOU’RE STUPID!!

      — :evil: I am only exercise my freedom of speech, if you’re a true human being or a true American you would not attack people exercising their “Universal Rights.”

      :arrow: Eutimes’ article: The Zionist Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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  • Jack Longchamp

    The degenerate Turks should be minding their own fucking business
    instead of playing Uncle Sam´s poodle like all the others.
    Smells of urine…

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    • Damien

      You too should be minding your own fucking business. Polish!

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  • Damien

    Look dude, I have nothing against you, I don’t even know you, don’t take it personal. I simply corrected your comments that lacked intelligence and knowledge. Instead of trying to get back to me, how about focusing on facts?

    “Damien, people have checked and said there was no apology from Syrian gov’t about the incidents. It’s just a claim from you, the progressive media and their agents to mislead the world.”

    Where did I say there was an appology from Syrian gov? All I said was they admited they shot down the plane. You said there isn’t a reliable news source. I said there is. Just because you didn’t know about it, you said it didn’t exist, or wasn’t relaible. Understand?? Or is it too hard for you?

    “Comrade, there are many articles about the conflicts and Iraqi leader(s) was missing. Again, Eutimes’ article: 10,000 TURKISH TROOPS POUR INTO NORTHERN IRAQ.”

    You say things like this and get upset when I highlight your lack of understanding. Show me one article saying Turkish army is fighting Iraq army. You can’t. Because it didn’t happen. Admit it, your comment is false and it shows how much you think you know or understand.

    “Damien, stupid people repeatedly make insulting comments to the people they call stupid.”

    What you said there doesn’t even make sense. Yes, if you make stupid comments, I don’t feel bad about calling you stupid. Make smart comments and it won’t happen.

    “Damien, Russia is trying to buy our drone and does not have the capability”

    Show me the article. Russia sent their drones to the moon before you did and don’t have the capability to make their own? Hard to believe. I’m waiting for the article.

    “According to you, I don’t know shit. That’s why you constantly spamming my postings and are trying to sell your communist platforms”

    Aaa, I’m not communist, but doesn’t have to be one to point the mistakes in your post. You just didn’t think there would be Turks reading your comments. You have no idea how stupid you sound when you say Turks and Iraq have been fighting. Try to practice your freedom of speach in areas that you have bit of knowledge.

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