On November 24 Turkey's armed forces announced its fighter jets had shot down Russia's Su-24 bomber and claimed that the aircraft had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds, a claim disproved by Russia's air force.
The claim was repeated by Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan, who said the plane was shot because it "did not answer our warning," and said Turkey has "a right to defend its airspace."Sozcu newspaper reported that though members of the government had been quick to claim responsibility for shooting down the bomber in the immediate aftermath of the attack, the Turkish president and others are now trying to distance themselves, and pin the blame on the head of the Turkish air force instead.
According to Sozcu, several Twitter accounts belonging what the papers calls "AK Trolls" have published tweets attacking General Unal in recent days, including calls for his resignation.
Turkish President Erdogan founded the Justice and Development (AK) Party in 2001, and its current leader is Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
AK troller Hava Kuvvetleri Komutanı Abidin Ünal'ı Rusya krizinin sorumlusu göstererek linç ediyor. Pes ya! pic.twitter.com/aUusmNs38z— Cehennem Yakıtı (@ateist_hatun) 15 декабря 2015
AK trolls are saying Abidin Unal is responsible for the Russian crisis.
Ak troll orders come from the palace, Air Force Commander Abidin Unal gave the order to shoot the plane.
Hava kuvvetleri komutanı Abidin Ünal'ı rus uçağını düşürdü diyerek "vatan haini"ilan ettiler. Pess artık pesss!!! pic.twitter.com/COvCGRflxK— Çapulcu Mazlum#CHP (@e_bulutbeyaz) 15 декабря 2015
Air force commander Abidin is being called a traitor because of the fallen Russian aircraft.