Skip to comments.Reports: Turkish warplane shot down by Syria
Posted on 06/22/2012 8:19:50 AM PDT by cunning_fish
Lebanon's Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar television station said on Friday that Syrian air defenses shot down a Turkish military aircraft, quoting Syrian security sources.
"Syrian security sources confirmed to a Manar correspondent in Damascus that Syrian defense forces shot down the Turkish fighter jet," a news flash on the Beirut-based station said.
Pro-Iranian Al-Mayadeen television station, which is based in Lebanon, also quoted what it said were Turkish sources as saying a jet had been shot down by Syrian air defenses.
There was no confirmation of either report. Earlier, Turkey -- a member of NATO -- said it had lost contact with a plane while it was over the sea off the southeastern coast, and a television station said it had crashed in Syrian territorial waters.
CNN Turk television said Turkey was in contact with the Syrian authorities to get permission to conduct a search for the airmen, although there was no immediate official confirmation.
In a statement, Turkey's military said a search and rescue operation was underway. It lost radar and radio contact with the plane after it took off from Erhac Airport in the eastern province of Malatya.
Two crew were aboard the F-4 at the time of the crash, the Turkish state news agency Anatolia said on its website, citing Malatya governor Ulvi Saran.
The Hurriyet daily newspaper reported that the plane had gone down in international waters and that the two airmen had been found alive and well following a search operation by Turkish forces.
The Chief of General Staff declined to comment further on the incident beyond the written statement.
Turkish warplanes regularly patrol along and off Turkey's southern Mediterranean coast.
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Muzzie vs Muzzie almost as much fun as rat vs rat
at least the Syrians shot down a Turkish aircraft, not a NATO aircraft ... (?)
Man, the turks are STILL flying phantoms?
I would have thought they would have upgraded by now
Uh, Isn’t Turkey a NATO country?............
AFAIK, about 250 Turkish-built F-16s are backbone of their airforce. F-4s are used for strike roles.
who said, all wars are bad? Iran/Iraq war we had no Islamic problems while it was going on.
Maybe they did maybe they didn't.
Turkey is a NATO ally, they could theoretically invoke the treaty.
that NATO thingy ... now we go to red alert or have more popcorn? Either way or not either way could one say that Turkey (of a plane) was cooked? Has anyone confirmed this is not a ruse or false flag? Can we trust our media to tell us the truth?
“Turkey is a NATO ally, they could theoretically invoke the treaty.”
Well, as soon as it shot over Syrian waters it is hardly an attack against a NATO country.
I suspect they would have trouble invoking the treaty if the Turkish plane was over Syria.
Beat me by 2 seconds! :)
You are welcome!;)
Given the source, how does this glorify DumBO?
If this turns out to be true, could be HUGE!! Turks are not to be messed with; unknown what side their current Islamic leader will take, but I bet the military is looking to kick serious ass right now. If Turks fully side with rebels in Syria, Assad is toast.
Assad has really done it now. The Turks are about to deliver a beating on him. Remember Assad the Elder gave haven to Kurdish armed groups in northern Syria until the Turks decided to send their army into Syria and taught him a lesson.
excellent points ... excellent points. Should probably re-post your post in bold. Hey everyone ... dead is on the money with post at #9 (imho).
We'll see if Zero comes to the aid of his good friend Erdogan.