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Turkey Shoots Down Russian SU-24 Fighter Jet

November 24, 2015 - Turkey which boarders several counties including Syria and Iraq has shot down a Russian supersonic SU-24 fighter jet near the Syrian border on Tuesday.

Turkey repots the jet flew into its airspace and that Turkey had warned the pilots of its intrusion into Turkey airspace, Turkey further claimed it repeatedly warn the pilots. Turkey's F-16 fighter pilots were ordered to shoot down the Su-24 fighter jet.

After the plane was shot at, the two Russian pilots were able to parachute from the jet. However, a Turkish forces deputy commander in Syria reported his men shot both pilots dead as they descended to the ground.

However, a video release suggest one of the pilots maybe alive and taken as prisoner. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the downing of the Russian plane a "stab in the back that will have serious consequences for Russia's relationship with Turkey."


President Putin further stated its Russian warplane was inside Syrian airspace when it was shot down, that the jet was 1 km inside Syria. Turkey reported it has radar tapes of the aircraft which shows the Russian warplane entering Turkey's airspace repeatedly after being warned. 

Turkish officials report the pilots were warned ten times before it was shot down, and that at the time there were two Su-24 fighter jet in Turkish airspace. "The data we have is very clear. There were two planes approaching our border, we warned them as they were getting too close." Turkish officials further stated the shoot down was not an action against any county but an action to defend Turkey's sovereign territory within its rules of engagement. 

Putin said, "We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today." Serdar Kilic Turkey's ambassador to the United States said "Understand this, Turkey is a country whose warnings should be taken seriously and listened to. Don't test Turkey's patience. Try to win its friendship."



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