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Saturday, 23 June 2012 - 19:42
Syria shoots down Turkish jet, risking major crisis.
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Syria today, confirmed it had shot down a Turkish fighter jet that had entered its territory, as Turkey said it would take "necessary steps" once it had established all the facts.

A Syrian military spokesman told the country's official news agency SANA that they had opened fire on an "unidentified target" that had entered its airspace, bringing it down in Syrian waters.

They had subsequently established that it had been a Turkish fighter and the two countries' navies were now cooperating in an operation to find the two missing pilots.

This latest crisis, will likely further test relations between the two neighbours, already strained over Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's outspoken condemnation of Syria's bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

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