Oopsie: Syria Shoots Down Turkish Fighter Jet, Turkey Assembles Security Meeting
Update: Turkish President Says Downing of Jet Cannot be Ignored – “Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Saturday it was not possible to ignore the fact that Syria had shot down a Turkish fighter jet and said everything that needed to be done following the incident would be done, Turkish media reported. ‘It is not possible to cover over a thing like this, whatever is necessary will no doubt be done,’ Gul told reporters from the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.” Read more.
JPost – “BEIRUT – Syria shot down a Turkish warplane over the Mediterranean on Friday, risking a new crisis between Middle Eastern neighbors already at bitter odds over a 16-month-old revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Syria had admitted it had shot down the plane and apologized, BBC Monitoring reported, citing Turkey’s state news agency Anatolia.
Turkey said earlier it had lost contact with one of its military aircraft off its southeastern coast after it took off from Erhac airport in the eastern province of Malatya.
Turkish officials said Erdogan, who was returning to Ankara from Brazil on Friday evening, would convene a security meeting with the interior and foreign ministers and the chief of general staff. They did not say what would be discussed.
Turkey’s military said a search and rescue operation was under way. Two crew were aboard the F-4 jet, Anatolia said.” Read more.