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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said today a jet that was shot down by Syria a day earlier was not a warplane but a reconnaissance aircraft, state television TRT reported.
 
It was not immediately clear where Arinc, who is one of four deputy prime ministers and also the government's spokesman, was speaking. Turkish media reported the downed jet was an F-4 Phantom, a supersonic jet fighter which can also carry out reconnaissance operations.

Turkish FM in talks with military after jet downed

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a meeting with commanders from Turkey's military and the head of the intelligence service to discuss what steps Turkey would take after Syria shot down one of its military aircraft, media reported.

The meeting lasted two hours and was attended by the military's deputy chief of staff, senior military commanders and the head of the National Intelligence Agency, who also discussed the search operation for the missing pilots, media reported citing the Foreign Ministry.

They gave no further details.

June/23/2012

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Murat

6/23/2012 4:52:07 PM

Oh please... who were flying the plane, muppets?

Free Syrian

6/23/2012 4:42:16 PM

Here is another example of Turkey avoiding conflict with Assad. Downplay the issue, if the downed jet is a Turkish reconnaissance aircraft, then it is OK for Assad to take it down. Go figure! Can we say Turkey is seeking no respect?

MR Somalia

6/23/2012 4:01:20 PM

What steps are available for you? You know military clearly is not one of them. I mean how can a country that can't defeat or secure its own forces declare war on another struggling with its own rebels? Calm down. Breath. Say Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem. No one is hurt I hope and declaring war to hurt more is foolish idea. Dont violate their airspace, Turkey wants to be a hero in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Azerbaijan.

Tevfik Alp

6/23/2012 3:55:29 PM

Quote from article above "Turkish media reported the downed jet was an F-4 Phantom, a supersonic jet fighter which can also carry out reconnaissance operations.". Definitely, it has not been built for excursion flight purposes. Why beat around the bush.

Blue Dotterel

6/23/2012 3:32:00 PM

I am sure the distinction was not readily noticeable to the Syrian troops that engaged it. Turks had better beware of these warmongers in government who looking for any reason to send Turks into Syria to die for Israeli and US interests.

Arthur Borges

6/23/2012 2:53:44 PM

Um, Mr. Davitoglu has just admitted it was a spy flight. if it was testing Syrian air defences, the Syrians get a passing grade. Let us pray this doesn't escalate.

Rimon Tree

6/23/2012 2:49:48 PM

This is developing into a real Muppet-show. Next report will be that in reality it was a model plane ignoring the remote control!
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