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Turkish warplanes have reportedly shot down a Russian military aircraft on the border with Syria.

Russia's Interfax news agency cited the Russian defence ministry as saying that a Su-24 had crashed in northern Syria, and that its two pilots had ejected.

Turkish military officials said Turkish F-16s had shot down the plane after warning its pilots that they were violating Turkish airspace.

Video footage showed the plane crashing into mountains in Latakia province.

Russia launched an air campaign to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government in late September.

It says it has targeted only "terrorists", but activists say its strikes have mainly hit Western-backed rebel groups.

Turkey, a staunch critic of Mr Assad, has repeatedly warned against violations of its airspace by Russian and Syrian aircraft.

Last month, Ankara said Turkish F-16s had intercepted a Russian jet that crossed its border and two Turkish jets had been harassed by an unidentified Mig-29. (BBC)



 


 
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  • JJJ Tuesday, 24 November 2015 08:58 PM

    Bambuwa thama

    Starling Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:35 PM

    I wish President Putin will treat this him very properly so that he will remember him in rest of his life.

    Sapu Tuesday, 24 November 2015 10:23 PM

    Russia cannot attack turkey without declaring war on NATO. So its a stalemate

    Raj Tuesday, 24 November 2015 03:46 PM

    This is a dangerous situation as Turkey is a NATO country which has shot down a Russian war plane. Any action by Russia against Turkey would be considered as an action against NATO.

    Aruna Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:22 PM

    Turkey do not suicide collapsing with Russia.

    Sapu Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:31 PM

    Su-24 which replaced mig-27 is used by Syria and Iran as well so its origin is unclear until its pilots are shown

    Sapu Tuesday, 24 November 2015 04:32 PM

    I think its Syrian cuz Syria use the Su-24 more than russia. Russia use Su-34 more and are escorted by Su-30s

    sene Tuesday, 24 November 2015 05:45 PM

    Russia is the one who will commit suicide because Turkey is a NATO nation

    JP Tuesday, 24 November 2015 05:52 PM

    Waiting Until the statement from Putin!!!! Dear Me Turkey Dear me!!!!

    Ajja Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:03 PM

    Turkey illang Parippu kanawa...

    TJ Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:05 PM

    So, Turkey is running with the hares and hunting with the hounds


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