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Ankara Suspends Air Force Flights Over Syria After Attack on Su-24 - Media

© AP Photo / dpa, Bernd SettnikA Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16
A Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 - Sputnik International
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According to Turkish media, Ankara halted the flights of its aviation over Syria.

Anti-aircraft missile system S-400 during combat duty to ensure the safety of the Russian air group in Syria - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkey has suspended its Air Force flights over Syria in the international coalition campaign in the fight against the Islamic State after the downing of the Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported Friday, citing diplomatic sources.

On Tuesday, a Turkish Air Force F-16 downed the Russian bomber 4 kilometers from the Turkish border. Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was shot down over Syrian territory, citing precise objective control data.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the incident as a "stab in the back, carried out against us by accomplices of terrorists."

One of the two Su-24 pilots was killed by fire from the ground after ejecting from the plane. The second pilot was rescued in a 12-hour-long operation.

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