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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of two pilots whose jet was shot down by Syria two weeks ago.
The somber ceremony took place Friday at an air base in the southern city of Malatya, from where the pilots’ plane had originally taken off. Religious ceremonies will be held at mosques later in the day.
Syrian forces shot down the RF-4 plane June 22. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace, but Syria insists it was flying low inside Syrian airspace.
The bodies of the pilots, Capt. Gökhan Ertan and Lt. Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy, were recovered from the seabed Thursday after U.S. ocean explorer Robert Ballard, best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic, helped locate them.


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ilker avni

7/6/2012 10:08:27 PM

We will remember them for ever,the two fallen heroes have joined they comrades in paradise rest in peace.

ilker avni

7/6/2012 8:19:19 PM

Rest in peace my brothers, while a nation mourns you.We will revenge your deaths when the time comes.


7/6/2012 6:59:02 PM

This was no street brawl, and they were not thugs. Soldiers fall in line of duty, they were professionals, avenging should not be in military vocabulary.

john albay

7/6/2012 4:26:29 PM

Wonderful that our fallen heros have returned home and have had a military funeral as they deserve this respect. May their souls rest in peace in the earth of our wonderful motherland. We will revenge your deaths!
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