Turkey: NATO should view Syria as attacking it

3:18 PM, Jun 25, 2012   |    comments
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ANKARA, Turkey  -- Turkey says it will push NATO to consider Syria's downing of a Turkish jet as an attack on the whole military alliance.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's announcement Monday came on the eve of a meeting by NATO's governing body to discuss the incident.

The Turkish government says the unarmed RF-4E reconnaissance jet was shot down a mile (1.6 kilometers) inside international airspace on Friday.

Arinc says Turkey will push NATO to consider the armed attack under article 5 in a key alliance treaty. Article 5 states that an attack against one NATO member shall be considered an attack against all members.

Despite frustration among many NATO countries over the Syrian regime's crackdown on an increasingly armed popular uprising, it's unlikely NATO will take armed action against the Arab state.


The Associated Press

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