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    Turkey to Take ‘Necessary Steps’

    FILE - 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. (AP Photo/File)

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    Turkey said it would take “necessary steps” in action against Syria after that country shot down one of Turkey’s F-4 fighter jets Friday. “It is not possible to cover over a thing like this. Whatever is necessary will be done,” Turkish President Abdullah Gül told state media. Syria released a statement Friday saying that it was responsible for shooting down the NATO country’s aircraft after Turkish pilots steered it into Syrian airspace. The plane was reportedly shot down over waters about a mile from the Syrian coast. Fighting in Syria has strained the relationship between the two countries over the past year, with violence occasionally spilling over the Turkish border.

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