Turkey F-16 Shot Down a Russian Military Plane su 24 Who Violated Its Airspace November 24 2015

One of the world's most volatile regions was roiled further Tuesday when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkey said it hit the plane after it repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace and ignored 10 warnings. One of the two pilots was killed in the air by fire from the ground, according to Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti. The fate of the second pilot wasn't disclosed. Meanwhile, a Russian marine was killed on Tuesday during an operation to rescue the two pilots, who were flying an Su-24 warplane, according to RIA Novosti. Turkey and Russia exchanged bellicose language after the downing of the plane, raising fears in the international community that the brutal Syrian conflict could spiral into something much wider. The Russian plane was warned numerous times beforehand and was subsequently dealt with because it "did not answer our warning," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. There was no ISIS presence along that border area, but there were Turkmen there, Erdogan said. So anyone who bombs that area attacks "our brothers and sisters -- Turkmen," Erdogan said in Ankara. (Turkmen are a Turkic-speaking, traditionally nomadic people who live primarily in Central Asia, but a small minority of them can be found in the Middle East, primarily in northern Iraq, Iran and Turkey.) 'Serious consequences' Russian President Vladimir Putin said the downing of the Russian plane would have "serious consequences for Russia's relationship with Turkey." The shooting down of the plane, Putin said, "represents a stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices. I can't describe what has happened today in any other way. Our plane was downed over Syrian territory by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet. "The plane fell on Syrian territory 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Turkish border. It was flying 1 kilometer away from the Turkish border when it was attacked. In any case, neither our pilots nor our jet posed any threat to Turkey. That is obvious. They were carrying out an operation fighting against ISIL in Northern Latakia." (ISIL is another acronym for ISIS.) russian warplane turkey, turkey, turkey shots russian, russian plane, turkey russia, turkey russian, turkey syrian plane, turkey putin, turkey russian plane, turkey SU-24, su24, turkey fighter jet russian, turkish russian plane, turkish putin, turkish russia, turkish jet fighter, turkey violated air space, air space, violation, violation air space, russian violated, russian turkey violated 11/24/2015, November 24 2015, november 2015, november 24, f16, f-16, military plane, turkey military plane, turkey russian military plane
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