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Turkey has officially announced that one of itsjets was shot down yesterday by Syria while vowing to take the necessary stepsonce the incident is fully clarified.

"In the light of the information gathered,it's been understood that our aircraft was shot down by Syria," said agovernment statement issue following a high-level security meeting lateyesterday.

Search and rescue efforts to locate the plane’s two missing pilots arecontinuing, it said, adding that the efforts were being assisted by Syrian vessels.

"Turkey will take all necesary steps and will take its final positionafter the full [explanation] of the incident," the statement said.

A Turkish source had said yesterday that Syria expressed sorrow after theincident, in which a Turkish jet went down in Syrian territorial waters justbefore noon yesterday.

Meanwhile, US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said “We’ve seen the reports you’ve seen. We have obviously been in contact with ourTurkish ally. But with regard to the specifics of the case, I think we’re goingto let the Turks speak to it rather than speak to it ourselves. I think we’lllet the Turks speak to it. To my knowledge, they haven’t raised this at NATO atthis point.”


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