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Turkey has called a meeting of NATO member states after one of its warplanes was shot down by Syria, in what it claims was international airspace.
Under article 4 of NATO's charter, member countries can request consultation when they feel their security is threatened. NATO will meet tomorrow to discuss its response to the shooting.
Turkey has said its response will be strong, decisive and legitimate once it has gathered information about the downing of the jet.
The shooting presented Turkey with a dilemma at a time when an effort to aid the rebel Free Syrian Army is gearing up along its border with Syria, in collaboration with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the US. A conflict with Syria now could rapidly spiral into a regional war.