Turkey Calls For NATO meeting After Syria Shot Down Its Jet Over Mediterranean
Turkey has called for an emergency NATO meeting after finding the wreckage of its downed fighter jet which Syria shot down. Turkey has claimed that after accidentally crossing to Syrian airspace, the jet immediately left and that after it was back into international airspace, Syria shot it down.
Turkey is a founding member of NATO, as it used article 4 of the agreement which says in part that member countries "will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened."
The plane had no "covert mission related to Syria," and it was purely on a training flight to test Turkey's radar capabilities, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu asserted.
Syria has insisted the incident was not "an attack" by Syria and that they acted within international laws and customs. This however is questions because normally when an unknown aircraft enters foreign airspace, communication attempt are made along with warnings before any action is taken.
So far, there appears to be no such warnings or communications, this is probably the work of an overly aggressive and bored air defense battery soldier" said Adam Feingold, a defense strategy expert. He added that Syria has already taken a non-aggressive reaction to the incident because it does not want a war with Turkey which has a stronger and more organized and equipped military and the backing of NATO.
[Pic: file photo of F4-E Phantom provided by Turkish Military]