Turkey's military says Syria 'harassed' Turkish jets

Turkey's jets were on a routine patrol of the Turkish-Syrian border when the incident happened on Friday, according to the Turkish chief of staff.

Turkey's military says Syria 'harassed' Turkish jets

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's military have said that a Syrian missile system "harassed" Turkish fighter jets for more than 2 minutes on Friday.

The incident happened while Turkish F-16 jets were on a routine patrol of the Turkish-Syrian border, a statement on the Turkish general staff website said. 

The harassment came six days after Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane for violating Turkey's airspace. Tensions have since been escalated between the neighboring countries.

Turkey frequently announces harassment by Syrian radar system: Monday's though was the first report since Turkey shot down the Syrian plane. Meanwhile, Syria had shot down a Turkish jet in 2012, killing two Turkish pilots.


Turkey's National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz has revealed that Turkey has strengthened troops based on its territory in the Syrian region of Aleppo amid threats.

Rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group last week threatened to attack the Suleiman Shah tomb unless Turkish troops pulled out.

Turkey has warned that it would not hesitate to use force in defending its sovereign base in the city, which is internationally recognized as Turkish soil.

"We have been strengthened by special forces," Ismet Yilmaz said, adding that Turkey is taking all precautions.

Speaking in Sivas on Friday, Yilmaz revealed that Turkey has sent a team of 'maroon beret' team to protect the Suleiman Shah tomb, a term used to refer to Turkish special forces.

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