By Allen Cone
Two Turkish military pilots who shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber over Syria have been arrested in connection with the failed coup last week, the country’s justice minister said Tuesday.
“The pilots that downed the Russian jet were arrested,” Haberturk TV channel quoted Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.
They are among several thousand Turks who have been detained since the failed coup Friday.
The day after the coup attempt, the mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, said on CNN Turk the pilots were involved in the uprising. Specifically, he said one of the pilots belonged to a secret “parallel state” organization allegedly headed by cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-exile in the United States. Read more