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US says shooting down Turkish jet without warning ‘despicable’

4 July 2012, Wednesday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
The US has said the shooting down of a Turkish military plane by Syria late last month without any warning was “despicable.”

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland at a press briefing on Tuesday was asked about recent statements by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Turkish press in which he said he regrets the downing of the jet. “Well, I can't speak to Assad's motives for what he does or what he says. I will say again, as we said at the time, that they shot down this plane with no warning, and that's despicable,” Nuland said.

Syrian forces shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom, an unarmed reconnaissance version of the F-4 fighter jet, which according to Ankara was on a solo mission to test domestic radar systems and was hit in international airspace after it briefly strayed into Syrian airspace, on June 22.

Ankara says the jet was downed by Syria without warning in a “hostile act.” Moreover, Turkey believes the plane was hit with a laser-guided or heat-guided missile, both of which would have been capable of hitting the plane while it was in international airspace.

However, Syria says Syrian air defense had to react immediately to a Turkish jet flying low at 100 meters (330 feet) inside of Syrian airspace in what was “a clear breach of Syrian sovereignty.” Syria also says the plane was downed by anti-aircraft fire, rather than by a missile.



US State department hypocrisy knows no bounds. Syria is the officially designated villain-du-jour, so they have no right to defend themselves. They are obligated to give warning to a military fighter jet that has invaded its airspace: Riiiiiight. Ms. Victoria Nuland: just a couple days ago Iranians...
How can we ever believe a leader who for the past year, says, yes I will introduce reforms, give the people some rights,etc to those state leaders and yet have the nerve to give his word time after time to what meaning, nothing, then this same leader says to the world media, who he has no connection...
This is what they say now, lets wait what they will say tomorrow. The US lost it's credibility due to some officials. Whether US condemns or not, Turkey has to retaliate.
So all this pretence to be on Turkey's side. Where was the US authorities when the Yahoodhis were murdering the Turks in cold blood in international waters ? What blatant hypocracy and the usual double standards, who are the Americans trying to fool !
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