Tensions between Turkey and Syria rose Sunday, as Ankara said it scrambled fighter jets after Syrian helicopters flew close to the border, underlining the mistrust between the neighbors after the downing of a Turkish plane last month.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Sunday that a jet fighter shot down by Syria last month was in international airspace, dismissing a U.S. newspaper report that it was downed inside Syria as untrue. /…/
The comments follow a report Saturday in the newspaper citing U.S. intelligence that claimed the plane was “most likely hit by shore-based anti-aircraft guns while it was inside Syrian airspace”. /…/
“We see no indication that it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile” as Turkey says, an unnamed senior U.S. defense official was quoted as telling the newspaper.
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- Turkish journalist attacks Erdogan for Ankara stance on Syria
- Head of Russian delegation visiting Syria: Western media falsify facts about events in Syria
- Duplicitous Human Rights Council report on Syria
- Heated anti-Assad rhetoric
- Chinese Foreign Minister: Outsiders cannot make decisions on behalf of the Syrian people
- Interior Minister calls on policemen to confront terrorists, foil plot against Syria
- 100 citizens involved in recent events turn themselves in in Hama