Turkey has claimed responsibility for shooting down a Russian jet and killing its pilots.
A deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade confirmed to reporters, “Both of the pilots were retrieved dead. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air.”
The Russian jet was in Syria when it was downed by Turkish warplanes near the border of Turkey.
Putin has called the attack a “stab in the back that will have serious consequences for Russia's relationship with Turkey” and called Turkey “accomplices of terrorists.”
According to CNN, Turkey says it hit the plane after it “violated Turkey's airspace and ignored 10 warnings.”
The NY Daily News reports that a crowd gathered around the pilot’s mutilated corpse chanting Allahu Akbar, as Syrian rebels said they shot at the ejected pilots.
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