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Syria Bans Turkish Aircraft from its Airspace
Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/10/12 | Chana Yaar

Posted on 10/14/2012 3:49:34 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

Syria's Foreign Ministry has announced that Turkish aircraft are prohibited from entering the country's airspace, according to Syria's official SANA news agency, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported Sunday morning.

The ban was formally enacted at midnight Saturday night. The move came in retaliation for last week's interception of a Syrian plane by Turkey. The Syrian Airbus A320, a commercial passenger plane flying from Moscow to Damascus, was suspected of carrying non-civilian cargo.

Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to escort the aircraft instead to Esenboga Airport in Ankara for inspection after a tip from the U.S. warned there might be military cargo aboard.

With only 36 passengers aboard, investigators in Ankara allegedly discovered that the aircraft in fact was carrying “objectionable cargo.” such as missile parts and communications gear.

Russia vehemently denied that any military items were aboard the plane, and Syria accused Turkey of lying about what it had found.

The aircraft was allowed to depart after the “objectionable cargo” was removed.

Tensions are continuing to escalate between Syria and Turkey. Five Turkish civilians were killed in the town of Akcakale less than two weeks ago after a mortar shell reached across the border and exploded in a residential area. The Turkish army responded by attacking several targets in Syria with heavy artillery fire.

A set of mobile missile launchers were positioned at a Turkish military base on the border with Syria at Suruc in Sanliurfa province several days later following the exchange between the two countries. The deployment came the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus Turkey would not shy away from war...

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airspace; ban; syria; turkey
Psst. Turkey. This is Israel. Over here. Remember we used to be friends and allies? You might find it useful these days to scratch our back every now and then. We do reciprocate.
1 posted on 10/14/2012 3:49:40 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5
Is this a proactive action to keep US/Israeli military from flying/refueling from Turkish or Syrian airports?
2 posted on 10/14/2012 4:12:44 PM PDT by hummingbird (Lather, Rinse........BUT DO NOT REPEAT - REPEAT IS A SCAM.)
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To: Eleutheria5

This will be followed by an story “Turkey bans Syrian aircraft from Turkish Airspace” which will catch the Obama Administration completely by surprise.

3 posted on 10/14/2012 5:22:51 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

Ban Ki Moon, or whoever is in charge of the UN (who cares?), will then try to make peace between Syria and Turkey, who will both ignore his recommendations and timetables and remonstrances. He’ll then make a speech about how sad it is that nobody wants peace on his terms, and bang his head against the wall.

4 posted on 10/14/2012 5:33:38 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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