According to a statement posted on its website, the Turkish General Staff, which manages the country’s armed forces, claimed on Nov. 24 that two Turkish F-16s shot down a “warplane of unknown nationality” that breached Turkey’s airspace over Hatay province on the border with northwest Syria. The Turkish military said that it warned the unidentified warplane 10 times in five minutes and that a second unknown plane approaching the border was also warned. Turkish president sources talking to Anadolu Agency and the Russian Ministry of Defense both said the warplane in question was a Russian Su-24 fighter jet. The Russian Ministry of Defense also stated that it could prove the Su-24 had been in Syrian airspace for the entirety of its flight path. The Turkish military, however, has released flight radar data that it claims shows the Russian fighter jet violating Turkish airspace.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it believed that the Russian fighter crashed inside Sy