US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters
Turkey committed a willful provocation.
by Stephen Lendman
On June 29, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Doubts Cast on Turkey's Story of Jet," saying:
US intelligence contradicts Ankara. Turkey's "warplane (was) shot down....by shore-based antiaircraft guns while it was inside Syrian airspace, American officials say, a finding in tune with Syria's account and at odds with Turkey."
Ankara falsified its account. An unnamed senior US defense official also said:
"We see no indication that it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile...."
If a missile struck the plane, Damascus would have ordered it. Antiaircraft fire suggests "a local commander" spotted the plane and acted "on his own initiative," according to US officials and analysts.
The Journal said antiaircraft fire suggests Turkey's plane "was flying low to the ground....(It) likely came closer to the Syrian shoreline than Turkey says, US officials say."