“None of the F-15s were in the vicinity of this incident, and therefore frankly had nothing to do with it,” Warren said in a briefing. “There were no F-15s in the area, no American personnel in the area, no American equipment in the area.”
On November 6, six US Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft arrived at Incirlik airbase in Turkey to carry out air patrols.
A Russian Su-24M Fencer bomber jet crashed in Syria earlier in the day with two pilots aboard. Ankara claims Turkish F-16s shot down the plane because it violated the country's airspace. Contrary to Ankara’s accusations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the aircraft was 0.6 miles away from Turkey when it was shot down.
According to the Russian leader, the crashed aircraft was not posing any threat to Turkey when it was struck by an air-to-air missile from the Turkish jet. Both pilots of the Su-24 were able to catapult, the Russian Defense Ministry said.