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Syria Shoots Down Turkish F-4 Warplanes
Two fast moving American made F-4 Turkish aircraft moved from Turkish airspace on some sort of mission. Flying low over the ocean, about a mile within Syrian airspace near Latakia, Syrian antiaircraft fire and missiles attacked without any warning deliberately destroying one. The remaining aircraft escaped back to Turkey. On the previous day, a Syrian Mig-21 pilot took off and defected to Jordan.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ordered an emergency session to determine what the response will be. This is a PM that has barked loud about Syria, yet has done little. Awhile back, Syrian soldiers fired at fleeing refugees who had crossed into Turkey and killed several border guards. To this provocation, Turkey did not nothing. More recently, Turkey has proposed using its army to create a buffer inside Syria to allow the UN and Red Cross access the injured within Syria. Since Turkey is part of NATO, and NATO has thus far been ineffective regarding Syria, it is likely that Turkey has been restrained.
Turkey has about 30,000 Syrian refugees living in camps near Syria. Turkey seemed to indicate the aircraft had strayed into Syrian airspace, which would explain why Syrian and Turkish ships are looking for the pilots.