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The bodies of two missing Turkish pilots are finally located as FM Davutoğlu calls President al-Assad a ‘liar’ and Moscow says the jet ‘provoked’ Syria

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Elsewhere, a Russian source said the Turkish jet was acting “provocatively.” DHA photo

Elsewhere, a Russian source said the Turkish jet was acting “provocatively.” DHA photo

The bodies of two Turkish pilots who went missing when their warplane was downed by Syria on June 22 have been spotted at the bottom of the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish army announced yesterday.

“The bodies [of Capt. Gökhan Ertan and Maj. Lt. Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy] have been discovered on the
seabed, and work is underway to bring them to the surface,” the Chief of General Staff said.

Autopsies and technical analysis of the debris of the jet would shed additional light on whether the jet
was downed by a laser-guided missile, as Turkey says, or by an antiaircraft weapon, as Syria claims. (Bodies of two Turkish pilots found, army says)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, meanwhile, has called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a
“liar" over his expressions of regret for the incident and his insistence that Damascus did not know the jet was Turkish when it was downed. (Turkish FM calls al-Assad as a ‘liar’)

The minister also criticized al-Assad for saying the plane was using an entry route favored by Israel,
noting that if that were true, Syria would have shot down countless Israeli jets.

Al-Assad, meanwhile, has called on Ankara to stop meddling in Syria’s affairs. “Turkey’s desire to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs has put it in a position which unfortunately makes it a party to all the bloody activities” in Syria, he said. “Turkey has supplied all manner of logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.”

Elsewhere, a Russian source said the Turkish jet was acting “provocatively.” “Otherwise how would
you explain the fact that the fighter jet flew two, albeit short, sorties into Syrian airspace?” a source told Interfax news agency July 3, adding that the pilots’ goal was to test Syrian air defense systems. “The crew … literally asked for the Syrian air defenses’ fire.” (Report: Russia says plane provoked Syria)

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has also called on the Turkish government to press the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia to reveal all information
they have about the incident. (CHP leader calls on government to press world)

July/05/2012

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Chris Green

7/6/2012 12:01:35 AM

Most importantly, two families will soon be able to lay their lost sons to rest in the comfort of the Eternal Shadows.

john albay

7/5/2012 9:08:47 AM

may our heros rest in peace. and may the Turkish military give the right responce to the murderer assad.

Blue Dotterel

7/5/2012 8:26:56 AM

Well Mr. Davutoglu, someone is lying, and American intelligence through the Wall Street Journal, and the Russians say it isn't Assad. So if Assad isn't lying then who does that leave us to believe to be the liar. Davutoglu should do the honorable thing and resign. His peace with our neighbor's foreign policy is in tatters, and, if he is not lying, then his colleagues are not being entirely honest with him. His foreign policy is a failure. It is time to leave before he faces further disgrace.

Ahmet TAHIR

7/5/2012 6:01:47 AM

Israel has Turkish blood on its hands from Mavi Marmara. Syria now has Turkish blood on its hands. This is totally unacceptable.

ilker avni

7/5/2012 3:12:29 AM

The two pilots were flying to low to eject when it went into the sea.This allso means they were proberly shotdown by antiaircraft weapons and not by a missile.Four british pilots are feared dead when they colieded at sea while training in they tornadoes over Scotland.

Murat

7/5/2012 1:38:58 AM

They did what they were ordered to do. May they rest in peace now.
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