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Turkey abandoned the idea of bombing Syria's anti-aircraft weapons and missile systems on the countries’ border at the last minute in the wake of last month’s downing of a Turkish jet, daily Sabah reported today.

F-16 warplanes were reportedly prepared to fly to Syria to conduct the bombings when the bodies of the downed jet’s pilots were found in the sea.

There were also three other factors preventing Turkey from conducting the sortie, according to reports.

The first factor was that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) were not familiar enough with the Russian antiaircraft systems deployed in Syria as the defenses had not yet been tested by Turkish jets, Sabah reported.

The TSK also held back because it had not yet been revealed how the Turkish jet had been shot down, the newspaper said.

Most importantly, however, Turkey chose not to attack because of the political risk attached to such a bombing campaign. Attacking Syria could have damaged the country's image at the same time that Ankara has been supporting Middle Eastern peace efforts, authorities decided, according to the daily.

Syria downed the Turkish jet on June 22 in the eastern Mediterranean.

July/19/2012

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Blue Dotterel

7/19/2012 11:15:26 PM

I do not think there is a sane, intelligent person on the planet, who believes that Ankara is supporting peace efforts in Syria - just the opposite in fact. The main problem is that an attack on Syria would have been a clear aggressive act of war with unknown consequences for Turkey and the AKP. The latter, of course, was of most concern to those "decision makers".

Nadiri Başaran

7/19/2012 8:19:14 PM

"...not familiar enough with the Russian antiaircraft systems" How alarming for Turkish citizen that the Air Force cannot defend them from attack because of ignorance of the enemy!

mara mcglothin

7/19/2012 8:17:40 PM

All smoke and mirrors. Turkey is not going to stick their necks out to be sure. It takes a "World Power" to have the courage to stick their neck out and accept the "ramiifications" when it does. That is why we hear everyone crying for the "West" to do something, so others can sit back and criticize when it doesn't go as planned. Some things never change.

DutchTurk JANICAR

7/19/2012 7:21:01 PM

Just let the arabs hit the sand!!

Murat

7/19/2012 6:14:26 PM

There is a differnece between terrorist bombings and a military strike flying your colors.

Sam Steel

7/19/2012 5:12:26 PM

So the planes were ready to go, but they were not sure what there mission was "Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) were not familiar enough with the Russian antiaircraft systems" and they had no solid reason to conduct the mission "it had not yet been revealed how the Turkish jet had been shot down" and they could not stand the political ramifications of the mission. Who ordered this strike???

Tamer Aslantas

7/19/2012 5:08:53 PM

There is a difference between dreams and realities. A sane person doesn't fantasize about attacking another person but when push comes to shove and it has to be done he does. I hope it won't come that far. There is already a lot of killing and slaughter going on in the world. If they make divisions among themselves than why couldn't we do the same?

stella maris

7/19/2012 1:10:40 PM

What are you talking about? Didn't we just hear that the esteemed PM would never dream of "attacking his Syrian Brothers"?
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