Skip to comments.Turkey Says It Shot Down Syrian Helicopter
Posted on 09/16/2013 10:48:11 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
ISTANBULTurkey said one of its warplanes Monday shot down a Syrian helicopter that had violated Turkish airspace, underlining the regional combustibility of Syria's conflict despite a week of frenzied international diplomacy.
The Turkish military said that the Mi-17 attack helicopter strayed into Turkish territory and was warned repeatedly before Turkish warplanes scrambled and shot it down.
The confrontation marks the first time Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member, has shot down a Syrian helicopter, although Ankara has been scrambling jets to deter Syrian air power flying close to the frontier for more than a year.
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There’s always little catalysts that start major wars..
Is Turkey going to attempt to invoke Article V on this? If they do, we are obligated by treaty to attack Syria.
Been there. Done that.
Looks like it’s time for Obama to go golfing again. Wouldn’t want to have to deal with any of these pesky situations.
They tried doing that before when they actually were attacked and had one of their own planes shot down off the coast of Syria. Never went any where.
Disgusting genocide denying Turks again.
To #7: Payback is a well placed missile!
Big helicopter went on the express elevator to Hell!
To #6: More likely “its time for Obama to go on a ROADTRIP”.
Operation Turkey Drop.
That’s what I call a Turkey shoot.
Whenever I hear of a MI-17 getting shoot down I always have a picture of Rambo with an explosive tipped arrow leaving his compound bow.
thanks elhombrelibre, from the FRchives:
Turkish warplane [not] shot down over Syria, pilots captured
No way we are obligated. The Turks started the shooting, and were not attacked. A single lost helicopter crossing a border is simply -not- an invasion requiring all of NATO to invade Syria.
Especially with the helo showing no hostile actions.
“when they actually were attacked and had one of their own planes shot down off the coast of Syria”
Attacked? Their Phantom recon aircraft deliberately flew into Syrian airspace. That’s like walking into someone else’s house on purpose, to spy on them. And then claiming you were the victim when they punch you.
“Big helicopter went on the express elevator to Hell!”
Unless the Syrian pilots were busy fighting against the Obama fed and supplied Al Qeida troops.
I am worried that Turkey’s government may have orchestrated this to drag us into a regional conflict which they can use to expand their influence and help bring about their own version of a militant Sunni state. Turkey is led by a government that is actively hacking away at Turkey’s secularist traditions and , like in Pakistan, it is a safe bet to assume that much of the Turkish military is sympathetic to hardline Sunni jihadists in Syria and nearby nations who want a Sunni caliphate.
Nothing was orchestrated. The Syrians themselves admitted that their helicopter entered Turkish airspace while on a reconnaissance mission. The following was posted on the Syrian Government website
‘Damascus, (SANA) A statement issued by the General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that a military helicopter was lost Monday Sept 16th , 2013 as it was carrying out a reconnaissance sortie to inspect the infiltration of terrorists across the Turkish borders in al-Younesieh area near Bidama town in Idleb countryside.
The statement said that inquiry showed that the helicopter mistakenly entered the Turkish airspace for a short distance and then it exited towards the Syrian territories after immediate orders’