Syrian, Turkey blunt over plane incident
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, pictured here on June 3, 2012, lambasted the Turkish Prime Minister for interfering in Syrian internal politics.
July 4th, 2012
12:03 PM ET

Syrian, Turkey blunt over plane incident

Syria and Turkey leveled sharp criticism at one another Wednesday, a spurt of angry rhetoric in the aftermath of Syria's shootdown of a Turkish jet last month.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, speaking in an interview published in the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet Wednesday, lambasted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for interfering in Syrian internal politics. And Turkey's foreign minister disputed some of al-Assad's assertions Tuesday about the downing of the jet.

Syria's shootdown of an F-4 Turkish Phantom jet intensified the growing animosity between the two countries, whose once-close relationship has eroded in the past 16 months over the al-Assad regime's fierce crackdown against opposition forces.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    Margaret: You can forget about us being in a sack race for a while, Frank.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Frank: I'm fine, Mom. Well actually, I'm not. You see, I had this friend. And this friend only pretended to like me. You know, the way Dad used to?

    July 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Hawkeye: We have an old saying in America: Get out.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Mulcahy: We've got a villager whose house collapsed around him and a young boy who chased his frightened livestock into a minefield.
    Margaret: Dear God.
    Mulcahy: He's been alerted.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    Just curious, that "Recent Comments" section on the side, sometimes there's a post on an incredibly old story, and I click on it and it usually says something like "This is an impressive little newsy blog here. It's exactly what I've been searching for. I'll be sure to tell all my friends" I wonder what the story is on that. Some lonely goof with nothing better to do than comb through CNN archives for a couple of years, or some automated thing, or what.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I've been noticing the same thing!
      They say the same thing under different u/n' take?
      Paid posters.
      I heard they exist.
      I want in!

      July 5, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Good night all. I am in so much trouble ... say a prayer for me.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    This is a news conference. The last thing I want to do is answer a lot of questions.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |

    You will do just fine with your line of bull.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bayousara

    Capture Al Assad's English-born wife and arrest her for her knowledge and participation in the massacre of thousands of Syrians. If she is hiding in England, she needs to be arrested. Maybe her hubby will be so devastated that the Desert Rose is incarcerated that he will give up. Not 🙂 but he surely needs her support.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    Wow... I don't know why I bother to catch up. But, I do have on opinion on this subject:

    First: Turkey is our friend... and is a member of NATO.

    Second: One can only guess how long Assad could slither past without as much of a warning, but

    Third: You have no choice, he must be arrested and his kingdom taken away because

    Fourth: He, truly, is a madman...

    Waging for WAR!



    July 5, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Dear Mary:
    I sincerely do not know what this is about, because I can no longer read everything here, but please know this: you will never be in any trouble with a true friend.
    Take care.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Don't worry your self about me dear.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I wasn't worried.
      Just an encouraging word, that's all.
      Take it as you will, for it affects me not all one way or another.

      July 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    I was having a little fun, no worries here.

    July 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. james ainoris

    TURKEY should stay allies with America and Israel.... they are foolish if they join russian chinese efforts to secure all other middle east countries... also I would ask readers: "how many veitnamese human beings were murdered (laos and cambodia also) AFTER America pulled out of war?????!" Our brave young soldiers did not fight and/or die for nothing!! Sadly, Moslems kill each other since sunni and shia first argued about who is the true proffit... oh wait... Christians also had wars eastern catholic vs roman well as the war with protestants for 117yrs... slavery and witch burning the inquisition and the holocuast...genocide of american indians...mormons ....mexicans...and south americans who didnt "convert to believe in the "prince of peace"... so lets not just pick on Moslems... at one time they were the most tollerant and educated culture. Lets pray that they return to such a positive past... to usher in the coming of Mosiach. Shalom

    July 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
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