Syrian Military Says It Shot Down A Turkish Fighter Jet

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The Syrian military has admitted to shooting down a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean Friday, the BBC reported:A Syrian military statement said that an “unidentified air target” had penetrated Syrian airspace from the west at 11:40 local time (08:40 GMT), travelling at very low altitude and at high speed.

It said that in line with the laws prevailing in such cases, Syrian air defenses engaged the craft, and scored a direct hit about 1km (0.6 miles) from its coastline.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said an investigation would look into whether the plane, an F-4 Phantom, was downed in Turkish airspace, Reuters reports

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