Turkish Warplanes Shoot Down Russian Su24 Near Syrian Border

Having been preoccupied with completing the transfer of this site from a platform which is closing soon, we have a bit of catching up to do, particularly on the news from the end of the world …

There is a giant fan in the middle east, it has stirred up trouble since time immemorial. And right now there is a big, brown, smelly, cigar shaped object hurtling towards it at high speed. And the only people who can possibly stop it seem intent on propelling it towards those spinning blades more and more quickly.

The first news of the day that sent you Boggart Bloggers running for cover before the big brown smelly geopolitical thing hits the fan was that a Turkish F-16 fighter plane shot down what was initially said to be an unidentified warplane near the Syrian border after it violated Turkey’s airspace. A Turkish military official said the nationality of the downed aircraft was not immediately clear although if we assume that American, French and British planes would be approved in Turkish airspace, being theoretically on the same side, and apply the certainty that ISIS have no warplanes, it would have to be Russian.

Russian Su24 goes down in flames near Turkey / Syria border (image source)

Within moments of the news breaking that was confirmed to be the case.

The Russian jet crashed in the mountainous Jabal Turkmen area of Latakia, where air strikes and fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces were reported earlier on Tuesday. According to Reuters, Turkish F16s warned the jet repeatedly over the airspace violations before shooting it down. Officials in Moscow said the Su24 did not violate Turkish air space; (well they would say that, wouldn’t they?)

Shortly after the act of war against Russia by a NATO member was confirmed, the Turkish Lira went down like a lead Zepplin on currency markets while Europe stock markets plunged. The Turkish Defense Ministry was later reported in local media to have said said the Su-24 jet was warned after violating Turkish airspace and was then downed in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement, Anadolu says, citing officials at the presidency.

Russian defense officials responded almost immediately, sating that the incident will be deemed a clear act of aggression by a NATO-member country against Russia, the Russian Air Force said it could prove the aircraft was over Syria for the entire flight.

The ministry added that the pilots ejected, according to preliminary info, and that Russia trying to determine their fates, Interfax reports. Interfax also adds that the plane was probably downed by fire from ground, and that it had been flying at flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.

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