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US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters

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US Intelligence Says Turkish Warplane Downed in Syrian Waters

Turkey committed a willful provocation.

by Stephen Lendman

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On June 29, the Wall Street Journal headlined "Doubts Cast on Turkey's Story of Jet," saying:

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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.

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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."

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