POLITICS >Turkish jet shot down inside Syrian airspace: report

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U.S. intelligence indicated aTurkish warplane shot down by Syrian forces was most likely hit by shore-basedanti-aircraft guns while flying inside Syrian airspace, American officials said,according to the Wall Street Journal. The finding falls in tune with Syria’saccount of the incident and contrasts reports from Turkish officials.

The Turkish government has saiddebris from the plane fell into Syrian waters, but maintained that its fighterjet was shot down without warning in international airspace.

"We see no indication thatit was shot down by a surface-to-air missile as Turkey says,” a senior U.S.defense official said, but declined to specify the source of the information.The senior U.S. defense official cautioned that much remains unknown about theincident.

The use of antiaircraft firewould suggest the Turkish plane was flying slowly and low to the ground, U.S.officials said, although Syria had said the jet was traveling at 480 miles anhour.

If hit by anti-aircraft fire,the jet likely came closer to the Syrian shoreline than Turkey claims, U.S.officials said.
A former senior U.S. officialwho worked closely with Turkey said he believed the flight's course was meantto test Syria's response. "You think that the airplane was there bymistake?" the former official said. "These countries are all testinghow fast they get picked up and how fast someone responds. It's part oftraining."

A Turkish official said theplane wasn't on a surveillance mission when it was shot down. "All NATOmembers have condemned the Syrian hostile act and have supported Turkey,"the official said.

The plane's pilots have not beenfound and the Turkish Navy continues to search for them.


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