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      Turkey Calls for NATO Mtg Over Syria Attack on Jet

      Turkey has called on NATO to convene a meeting in the wake of Syria downing its jet in international airspace.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 6/24/2012, 2:03 PM

      Ahmet Davutoglu
      Ahmet Davutoglu
      Reuters

      Turkey has called on NATO to convene a meeting in the wake of Syria downing its jet in international airspace.

      Turkey said the jet was shot down Friday without warning and without provocation.

      Thousands of Syria refugees are being sheltered in southeastern Turkey after having fled the ravages of the civil war raging in their homeland since March 2011.

      TRT Television reported Sunday that Ankara has asked for the meeting this Tuesday based on Article 4 of the NATO charter.

      The aforementioned article states that NATO members “will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened.”

      Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Sunday that Turkey's jet was downed after having accidentally entered Syria. Davutoglu vigorously denied the downed jet was on a reconnaissance mission.

      Syria, meanwhile, said in a statement issued through its official state media that it had killed several “terrorists” who infiltrated Friday from Turkey.

      The two countries share a border about 400 miles (600 kilometers) long.