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Report: Russian Jet Shot Down by Turkish Forces

Report: Russian Jet Shot Down by Turkish Forces
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By    |   Saturday, 10 October 2015 07:01 PM

A Russian air force jet was shot down Saturday after violating Turkey's airspace, according to unconfirmed reports, with social media reporting a large explosion in northern Syria as three fighter jets flew overhead.

A journalist working in Turkey said on Twitter that three Turkish planes responded to "mysterious" lock-ons from MIG-29 jets, according to the U.K.'s Express.

The jets are used by Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces.

The Russian Embassy in London was not available for comment, the Mirror reported.

The incident comes after two Turkish F-16s forced another MIG-29 back into Syrian airspace last week.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the Russian embassy to protest the incident.

"The Turkish armed forces have their orders," Davutoglu said on television, the Mirror reports. "The necessary will be done even if a bird violates Turkey’s border. Rules of engagement are clear."

Moscow said the jet had entered Turkey "by mistake" and assured Ankara that it would not happen again.

The Obama administration has accused Putin of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by targeting airstrikes against rebel opposition forces.

Russian officials contend that the strikes are targeting Islamic State terrorists.

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A Russian air force jet was shot down Saturday after violating Turkey's airspace, according to unconfirmed reports, with social media reporting a large explosion in northern Syria as three fighter jets flew overhead. A journalist working in Turkey said on Twitter that three...
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