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Turkey Should Shut Down Jihadists on Border

Turkey's shooting down of a Syrian helicopter that violated its airspace on Sept. 16 should provoke a clampdown on all border activity.
A tank and helicopters that belonged to the Syrian Army are seen at the Minnig military airport after it was seized by rebels, August 11, 2013. Syrian rebels captured the main military airport near the border with Turkey on August 6, consolidating their hold on a key supply route north of the city of Aleppo, opposition activists said. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TRANSPORT CONFLICT) - RTX12HMK

On Monday [Sept. 16] the Turkish armed forces issued the following statement on its official website: “Unified Control Alert Center (BIKIM) in Diyarbakir identified an M-17 Syrian helicopter at 26 NM [nautical miles] to the Turkish border at 13:41 hours. ... [It] was warned that it was coming close to Turkish airspace ... [even] as close as 5 NM, but it continued to come closer and violated the Turkish airspace by 2 kilometers [flying] at 14,200 feet at 14:25 hours around the Guvecci border station in Hatay/Yayladagi.”

The statement continued, “Accordingly, it was shot by one of the two F-16 aircrafts on patrol duty at 14:27 hours in the Turkish airspace, and it fell down approximately 1 kilometer on the Syrian side.”

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