Turkey Sends Fighter Jets to Syria Border
Syria allegedly sent helicopters too close to neighbor
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2012 3:12 PM CDT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sits in the cockpit of Turkey's first locally produced military training plane, outside Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, June 27, 2012.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tensions heightened along the Turkey-Syria border yesterday as Syrian helicopters flew too close and Turkey dispatched six fighter jets to scare them off, the Turkish army says. The F-16s reportedly responded to three such incidents, although the helicopters never violated Turkish airspace. Turkey says it has begun placing rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns on its border since Syria allegedly shot down its F-4 Phantom jet about a week ago, the BBC reports. US intelligence has cast doubts on some aspects of Turkey's story, however...

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