by John Galt
March 23, 2014 08:38 ET
Breaking news per Al-Arabiya at 08:23 ET:
By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Turkish anti-aircraft fire shot down a Syrian warplane on Sunday as it bombed rebels fighting to seize control of a border post in northwestern Syria, an NGO said.
“Turkish air defenses targeted a Syrian fighter bomber as it struck areas of the northern province of Latakia. The plane caught fire and crashed in Syrian territory,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Syrian rebels have been getting their tails kicked for the last two weeks so hopefully this is not an indication that Turkey intends to invade Syria and destabilize the region even further. However with money flowing in from Qatar and radical Islamist groups, I would not be shocked to see the Turkish military used as a mercenary force to buy time for the rebellion to regroup.
Per the Habertürk’ television network i n Turkey, they just happened to be in the border region when the shoot down occurred and this is their video report (in Turkish):