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

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

"We see no indication that it 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 the incident.

The use of antiaircraft fire would 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 an hour.

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. official who worked closely with Turkey said he believed the flight's course was meant to test Syria's response. "You think that the airplane was there by mistake?" the former official said. "These countries are all testing how fast they get picked up and how fast someone responds. It's part of training."

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

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

June/30/2012

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Murat

7/1/2012 3:25:35 PM

Those boys were sacrificed. Their mission was to probe the radar and they did. I think they all did expect trouble but not being shot down without warning. Huge mistake. Syrians and Russians knew what they were doing. Regardless Assad will pay.

MR Somalia

7/1/2012 2:52:40 PM

The US scrap metals are like gold while their intelligence are like holy decree for some Turks it appears. Why can't the Turkish government simply say the truth that it sacrificed the Turkish men for NATO but now the US is not interested. It back fired on the Turks.

mr who

7/1/2012 1:04:17 PM

To entry Syria old chap you have to have a trillion dollar economy and an advancement of great magnitudes that leads the world for dead otherwise keep out Russia, Israel, England, Germany, Arab states to say a few to contend with so if they what passage, stand behind them with a gun so when they run shoot them as double dealers deserve to die

Rimon Tree

7/1/2012 8:31:21 AM

Most of the people knew it anyway, the others were just carried away by their wishes that Turkey would not be guilty. Two Turkish soldiers were sacrificed by this crazy mission.

ilker avni

7/1/2012 7:10:08 AM

That could explain why the pilots havnt been found their went down with the plane,never had time to eject or was killed by the flak.The Syrians would have known the plane was turkish if it flew so low.The question is why shoot down a un armed plane?.

Ahmetcan Caglayan

6/30/2012 8:32:55 PM

U.S Intelligence also indicated there were nukes in Iraq, none were found....

Red Tail

6/30/2012 8:29:53 PM

If a jet figher flies at a very low hights, how far can it move between when it is shot down and when it hits the ground? I guess, if it breaks, it will just fall straight down?

Hakan Salci

6/30/2012 5:00:31 PM

Just as I had expected, though I would also throw caution to the wind with regards to the plane not being on a survelliance mission. The AKP government knows exactly on what type of mission the plane was on and where it was shot down; obviously to save face they have given a different account to the Turkish people and international community.

two sides to every coin

6/30/2012 2:03:48 PM

The truth has no bearing on this incident, Turkey will be right no matter what the outcome. You do not have to be a rocket scientist. Just look at the facts. Flying below radar and the location. Why was it even near Syrian airspace and why was it flying so low. To many things do not add up, also any information coming from the dreaded west even if true will not be believed.
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