Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Who are the Turkmen rebels who claim to have killed 2 Russian pilots?

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Turkmen rebels in Syria have claimed responsibility for shooting dead two Russian pilots who ejected from a military plane as it plunged towards the ground near the Syrian border with Turkey on Tuesday

Turkey shot down the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 military plane near its border with Latakia, Syria, according to Turkish officials. Russian officials have said the plane had stayed above Syria while their Turkish counterparts said it had encroached upon their airspace.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended the downing of the fighter jet at the border with Syria, saying the country has the right "to take all kinds of measures" against border violations. He stood by charges that the plane violated Turkish airspace and ignored several warnings to leave the area. Russia, meanwhile, has denounced the attack, calling it a "stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists" and said it would have "serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations." Read more...

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