Turkey scrambles jet as Syrians draw near

2012-10-12 18:13

Ankara - Turkey scrambled a fighter jet on Friday after a Syrian helicopter shelled the Syrian town of Azmarin near their common border, an official said.

"The fighter jet took off from Diyarbakir base in the southeast after [Syrian] regime forces sent a helicopter to shell Azmarin which was seized by rebel forces," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Relations between one-time allies Turkey and Syria have steadily deteriorated since a popular uprising started against President Bashar Assad's regime in March 2011.

On Wednesday, Turkey scrambled jets to force a Syrian plane on its way from Moscow to Damascus to land inside Turkey.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the plane's cargo included military equipment and ammunition for the Syrian regime, charges denied by Damascus.

Tensions between the neighbours reached a new high last week when mortars fired from Syria killed five Turkish nationals in a Turkish border village and Ankara began firing artillery into Syria in retaliation.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-10-12 19:35

    Looks like Turkey is either thirsty for war or they want attention from the west and help with the refuges they helped create. Too much war and suffering and who ever wins this mad war, will inherit ruins just good enough to be declared a heritage site.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-12 20:03

      Yes , Syria, is being bombed into a rubble heap !! But this can only been done by this assad MONSTER, This kind of destruction can't possibly been done with rifles, but only with tanks, aircraft and helicopters. The Syrian airspace is controlled by this assad psychopath !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:18

      Mahdi, are you going to day anything about the brutal murder of your fellow Muslims by an unelected dictator, or are you just going to continue blaming the West? Members of your community are murdering innocent Muslims by the hundreds of thousands, and causing absolute mayhem for humanity. You should feel deeply ashamed and act!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:20

      Dunkie believes Al-Quaida is a fabrication of the West designed to destabilize and conquer the Middle East. I kid you not. His exact words yesterday.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 07:20

      Dankie, Firstly , thank you for keep reading my comments ! Secondly, let me go very slowly; The kind of destruction one finds all over Syria, almost all of it, could only have been caused from the air!!!! Now, your hero, this murderous psychopath assad, CONTROLS THE SKIES OF SYRIA. Do you now get it, or shall I repeat myself a few more times ???? And tell your 6 year old son, who came up with my name 'fartanthony', that I think he is very cute !!!

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-13 09:36

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 17:05

      Tom, again, you're being heartless and stupid. This story is about Syrians trying to free themselves from decades of brutal dictatorship at the hands of the minority and unelected Assad regime. Have a heart. Or at least pretend to have one. Your real heart may then activate.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-12 20:53

    Turkey is doing its utmost to be European!

      gerhard.bacharach - 2012-10-12 21:13

      Ask the Germans. They know all about how much the Turks want to be European. The only little problem is that the Turks, like most eastern immigrants, arenĀ“t exactly as forthcoming about integrating into German society as they expect Western nations to do when the situation is reversed. The Western powers have become slaves to their own idiotic policies. In the meantime, they squeeze the liberties of their own citizens in the name of homeland security.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-12 23:13

    Turks behaving like a little puppy who wants to bite but doesnt have teeth. You better make an effort and explain the situation with the plane you have forced down. Your american style BS wont work for russians.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 01:03

      Hello! Your Russian regime is arming the unelected dictator of Syria who is murdering women and children. Wake up! You're making a total heartless fool of yourself.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 09:20

      Diana, And while Syria is burning, and this assad terrorists is slaughtering his opposition, and bombing Syria into rubble, the violent loony left, just entertain each other. What a bunch of useless LOOSERS !!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 00:24

    Hello! Your Russian regime is arming the unelected dictator of Syria who is murdering women and children. Wake up! You're making a total heartless fool of yourself.

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