U.S. forces not involved in Turkish downing of Russian warplane
A combination picture taken from video shows a war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border - REUTERS

WASHINGTON: Turkey informed the United States that it shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday after it violated Turkish airspace but U.S. forces were not involved in the incident, a U.S. defense official said, declining further comment.

It appeared to be the first time a NATO member’s armed forces have downed a Russian or Soviet warplane since the 1950s.

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