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Originally posted by Maxmars
I was scanning the Turkish media.... and the only reference to this incident appears to be here
but I may not be on the right track...
(sorry about the discombobulated size on the screen capture)
I wonder if this news is "controlled" in Turkey....
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian air defenses had to react immediately to a Turkish jet flying at 100 meters altitude inside Syrian airspace in what was "a clear breach of Syrian sovereignty", Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said on Monday. "Syria reacted to the breach," he told a news conference about the incident on Friday. "We had to react immediately, even if the plane was Syrian we would have shot it down," he added. Makdissi said the jet -- a Turkish airforce F4 Phantom -- was shot down by anti-aircraft fire, not by a radar-guided missile. Despite the incident Syria remains committed to a "neighborly relationship" with Turkey, Makdissi said.
Intriguingly, on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Erodgan to say that "Russia is deeply sorry for the incident".
Does this imply some fancy Russian air defence system was actually what did the damage to the Turkish plane, as many still believe?
Why would Russian media be reporting that Moscow has now halted delivery of S300 missiles to Damascus?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
US intel sources say that the RF-4 was probably shot down by a Syrian AAA battery, inside Syrian airspace. There is no word as to how the information was gathered, but intelligence sources told the Wall Street Journal that the Phantom was on a mission to probe defenses along the Syrian coast when it was probably gunned down by a shore based gun battery.