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Turkish minister, military chiefs discuss next steps
Turkish minister, military chiefs discuss next steps

The meeting lasted two hours and was attended by the military's deputy chief of staff, senior military commanders and the head of the National Intelligence Agency, who also discussed the search operation for the missing pilots

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a meeting with commanders from Turkey's military and the head of the intelligence service to discuss what steps Turkey would take after Syria shot down one of its military aircraft, media reported.

The meeting lasted two hours and was attended by the military's deputy chief of staff, senior military commanders and the head of the National Intelligence Agency, who also discussed the search operation for the missing pilots, media reported citing the Foreign Ministry.

They gave no further details.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said earlier on Saturday a jet that was shot down by Syria a day earlier was not a warplane but a reconnaissance aircraft, state television TRT reported.

Turkish media reported the downed jet was an F-4 Phantom, a supersonic jet fighter which can also carry out reconnaissance operations.

Arinc also said that Syria was expected to make a statement on its shooting down of a Turkish military jet over the southwest of southern province of Hatay.

Arinc said five Turkish helicopters and ships were searching the two crew members aboard the jet, stating that Syria also took part in searching efforts. Arinc said that they hoped that crew members would be found alive.

 



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Press agenda on February 19
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