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Diplomatic Scramble Next as Turks Down Russian Fighter Jet

Nov 24, 2015 | 11:23 GMT
A video still of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet shot down by two Turkish F-16s on Nov. 24.
A video still of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet shot down by two Turkish F-16s on Nov. 24.
(Reuters)

Since the early days of the Russian intervention in Syria, Turkey, the United States and other coalition partners have expressed significant concerns about the possibility of this exact scenario. Russian aircraft have increased the intensity of their operations across Syria, targeting both Islamic State and Syrian rebel forces. In some cases, Russian airstrikes have occurred in close proximity to where Turkey, the United States, and France have been carrying out their own air operations against the Islamic State, raising the risk of accidental collision. Turkey has warned Russian warplanes it claims were violating Turkish airspace before, but this would mark the first time Turkish forces have actually shot one down....

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