Skip to comments.Syria says Turkey shoots down Syrian warplane
Posted on 03/23/2014 7:16:19 AM PDT by aposiopetic
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian military spokesman says Turkey's armed forces have shot down a Syrian warplane near the countries' border, and called the act a "blatant aggression."
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Since Russia backs Syria, this is to be expected these days.
Keep it up Turkey and Syria is going to give some AA missiles to the Turkish Kurds...
Let the games begin.
As we speak, official al-Qaeda terrorists are attacking an Armenian Christian area from the Turkish side of the border. The Turkish government is allowing and encouraging this.
This is a non-strategic area away from the other front lines. The rebels have no chance to make large gains because the population supports the government overwhelmingly. The purpose of the attack is to terrorize civilians who support the government. There was a similar attack last year in this area that resulted in dozens of civilians being executed after their villages were briefly captured and over 100 taken hostage by al-Qaeda where they remain.
Our NATO “ally” Turkey is openly trying to genocide Christians now. What is the purpose of post cold-war NATO again?
"Turkey changed its rules of engagement in 2012 after Syria shot down a Turkish military plane, declaring that any Syrian military element approaching the Turkish border would be treated as a legitimate target."
The Turkish regime of Prime Minister Erdogan, an elected Islamist, is primarily concerned with silencing opposition with tear gas in the streets and a complete shutdown of Twitter this last week where people talk about the corruption of the Erdogan government.
Good for Turkey. Now, they need to start turning back Russian flagged ships from the Bosporus straits leading to the Med.
>Maybe Turkey will do to Syria that our arses are afraid to do with our leader King Obama.
Considering Turkey is controlled by an islamist leader, I have to cheer for Syria to wipe out Turkish leadership.
>Good for Turkey.
No thanks. Any islamist led country needs to have its leadership eliminated.
I can see the reason in that. At the moment, though, it appears only a backwards fanatical Islamist government is lifting a finger to stop the russkies.
And Syria is not controlled by a fanatical Islamist dictator? Turkey has no reason to be angry with Syria?
It’s possible for a sparrow to fall that we don’t give a rat’s patootie about.
Wonderful...NATO goes to war for the GD’ed Turks.
A marvelous excuse for Putin if Turkey seems to be bullying Syria. Move on Turkey, take Istanbul (watch his polls spike) and the Bosphorus, and ensure free access to the Mediterranean Sea.
Maybe then we can get Constantinople back. And save Hagia Sophia from becoming a Mosque.
Didn’t he say he would always stand with the Muslims?
He said you could keep your doctor and your health plan. That guy?
You think Istanbul would be a pushover for Russia? OK.
I would pick Russia.
.... and if Russia and Turkey were at war, keep an eye on Iran.
That is his secret code to the muzzies.
Yeah, I would too, but it would be a lot tougher than some seem to imagine. On the plus side: Russia will have fewer resources to invade Estonia if they’re having to tie up tens of thousands of troops in Turkey.
I don’t see Russia attacking Turkey right now. They don’t have the fig leaf that they have for Crimea and Estonia (ethnic “Russians” already living there because of the Russification during the Soviet days). Going after Istanbul and the straits would strip the mask, and I don’t think Putin is ready to do that just yet.
Here’s the “tell”: If Istanbul denies the Russian navy access to the Med, and Putin calls that an “act of war,” then he’s ready to invade Turkey. All Hell will then break loose, and NATO will be forced to take a stand.
That is a key part of the “Hell that would break loose.”
In a statement, the Turkish military said a Syrian MiG-23 entered Turkey’s airspace near the Hatay border zone after ignoring four warnings to turn back. One of two Turkish F-16s conducting a patrol in the area then fired a missile that struck the Syrian jet, which crashed 1,200 meters (yards) inside Syrian territory near the town of Kassab, the military said.
Oh, dear, Muslin killing Muslin!! Won’t dear ole Allah the Moon god be mad at them for killing each other, or did he/it/whatever encourage it??
“Turkey shoots down ... warplane”
Gee, I always thought that turkey shoots were just for fun. Who knew they were so dangerous?
Could this be labeled as a “Turkey Shoot?” per-say???
As God is my witness, I thought Turkey’s could fly.
Well, well, well.
Damfool thing in the Balkans ping? Payback’s a b*tch ping?
The later topic:
That’s the payback part.
Probably the pilot was using Mapquest, danged thing.
Erdogan and Turkey is preferable to Assad and Syria, except to those who prefer Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah.
NO MORE BLOOD FOR MUSLIMS!
I am very, very sorry, but not at all surprised, to hear of the attacks on the Armenian Christian church.
No other country but Turkey could get away with this - harbouring an army of invading insurgents to attack a neighbouring state.
Oh No! Not again! sarc/
It’s even worse than that now. Al-Qaeda posted a video online of themselves shooting at Syrian positions during the battle. It has now been shown from satellite imagery that where they were shooting from in the video is clearly and unambiguously on the Turkish side of the border right next to the Turkish border post. No one can deny Turkish government cooperation with al-Qaeda now. Civilians on the Turkish side of the border there, who are mostly Shiites and not sympathetic to the Muslim Bros. who run Turkey, are tweeting that casualty evacuation points were set up before the attack by the Turkish gov’t and that wounded al-Qaeda terrorists are being treated by Turkish authorities.
Turkey’s PM is caught up in big corruption scandal and the opposition has been warning for the last week that he might try to provoke more conflict with Syria as a distraction.
Turkey shot down a Syrian plane today and then Syria shelled Turkey. If this blows up into a major conflict, everyone needs to know what precipitated it, because we are not going to get the straight truth from “our” media.
when did ‘we’ ever occupy Istanbul? Churchill tried it in 1915 and had his arse handed to him.
“when did we ever occupy Istanbul?”
When it was Constantinople? I’m still angry about that.