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An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on February 11, 2012 shows the Syrian military using a Shilka anti-aircraft system. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on February 11, 2012 shows the Syrian military using a Shilka anti-aircraft system. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE

A Turkish plane that was shot by Syria on June 22 was brought down by a weapon manufactured by Iran, daily Milliyet has reported.
 
The report cited daily al-Quds al-Arabi, an Arabic newspaper that publishes in the United Kingdom, as its source.
 
A Syrian expert in Damascus reportedly said the Turkish plane was shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft weapon that was purchased by Syria two years ago. The weapon supposedly could be fitted on armored vehicles, the newspaper reported.
 
The unidentified expert said the Turkish plane was flying at a low altitude to avoid Syrian radars. "Turkish personnel were unaware that Syria possessed weapons that could hit targets flying at such low altitudes."

June/28/2012

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The Lion

6/28/2012 8:31:10 PM

tiredOfBs Kuri, Syria always has been and continues to support the PKK. The PKK is a terrorist organization. It doesn't have a "large force" it can position anywhere. It's disrespectful of you to even think of making an analogy between the Turkish Armed Forces which is defending the internationally recognized borders of Turkiye with the PKK, a foreign terrorist group invented by Soviet Russians that is backed by Syria.

Turk Uzan

6/28/2012 6:16:46 PM

@, tiredOfBs Kuri, Assad has been housing, supporting and arming huge amounts of PKK terrorists, so your point is not valid, Of course we involve our selfs in what happens at our neighbor, thousands are dying because of Assad, the same monster who is responsible for hundreds of PKK attacks in Turkey. Yes we support the "majority" Sunni Muslims vs Assad's minority Alawite dictatorship. (not to be confused with Turkish Alevi)

sam stevens

6/28/2012 5:40:25 PM

Well said John Travolta. Clearly if they wanted to avoid Syrian radar they knew they were guilty of trespass,if not ,why would they not fly for all to be seen ? Lies & more lies are being told........of course politicians call them 'spin' !

Tamer Aslantas

6/28/2012 5:28:35 PM

What a fantasy!

Ryan James

6/28/2012 4:47:21 PM

And the Turks were spying with an American plane. So what? The Turks continue to blow smoke and wave mirrors to cover up their act of aggression. And avoid the fact that the so-called leadership that sent the two pilots on their fatal flight was murder on their part. The more they talk the less sense they make. The Turkish hand was caught in the cookie jar and now it can't get out.

Blue Dotterel

6/28/2012 4:08:47 PM

They illegally enter another countries airspace to spy on their defenses in preparation for war. In this case NATO was likely testing Syrian anti-aircraft defenses because, of course, NATO and Israel desperately want to destroy Syria and remove it as a factor in any attack on Iran. They would actually prefer chaos, similar to that which exists in Libya, to regime change because they cannot be sure of who comes next. Bombing the infrastructure is their preference.

John Travolta

6/28/2012 3:45:20 PM

Now they know! @Blessed: They take high definition pictures of the enemy. I just wonder, all these little bits of info that leak the Turkish press: if they were lying low to avoid Syrian Radars, if they 'thought' the Syrians did not have such weapons, does it not follow that they were fully aware that they were violating Syrian airspace? Where is the logic in this?

tiredOfBs Kuri

6/28/2012 3:38:13 PM

"..the Turkish plane was flying at a low altitude to avoid Syrian radars. "Turkish personnel were unaware that Syria possessed weapons that could hit targets flying at such low altitudes."" ***** Why? Also, why does Turkey wish to involve itself in Syria's civil war? Up to now, I thought that Turkey was the best in the Middle East and showed great promise for the future as well. I wonder how Turkey would react to Syria hosting a large PKK force near it's border.. hypocrisy anyone?

Blessed ME

6/28/2012 3:16:47 PM

And so? And the (reconnaissance) plane was flying at a low altitude to avoid Syrian radars? What do reconnaissance planes do, I wonder? Any help anyone?
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