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ESCALATION Turkey Calls for NATO Meeting Gary Dawson, Barcroft Media / Landov

Turkey Calls for NATO Meeting

Turkey on Sunday called for a NATO meeting to discuss Syria after that country shot down one of Turkey’s warplanes Friday. Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said Sunday that the warplane had entered Syrian airspace, but left quickly for international airspace after being warned. Davutoglu said the plane was clearly marked as Turkish, dismissing Syria’s earlier statements that it had not known the plane was Turkish. Investigations suggest the shooting was not an accident. A NATO spokesman said the council will meet Tuesday. The incident marked the first time since the Syrian uprising began that the crisis has been placed on NATO's agenda.

June 24, 2012 9:47 PM