Turkey vows action against Syria for downing jet
Suzan Fraser - The Associated Press
In this April 29, 2010 file photo, a Turkish pilot salutes before take-off at an air base in Konya, Turkey. Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Saturday June 23, 2012, his country would take "necessary" action against Syria for the downing of a Turkish military jet, but suggested that the aircraft may have unintentionally violated the Syrian airspace. The plane went down in the Mediterranean Sea about 8 miles (13 kilometers) away from the Syrian town of Latakia, Turkey said.
Turkey threatened to retaliate but did not say what action it would take as it searched for the aircraft's two missing pilots.
The downed plane heightened tensions between two countries that had been allies before Syria's 15-month violent uprising, and signaled that the violence gripping Syria is increasingly bleeding outside its borders. Germany and Iraq were among the countries urging restraint in the region.
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