Syrian President Bashar Assad is sorry that his forces downed a Turkish plane but added, "I might have been happy if this had been an Israeli plane.”
His comment was made in an interview with the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet Tuesday. After two weeks of silence, Assad said that the June 22 incident was a result of a mistake.
"We learned that it (the plane) belonged to Turkey after shooting it down...” he added.
"The plane was using a corridor which Israeli planes have used three times before. Soldiers shot it down because we did not see it on our radar and because information was not given,” Assad claimed.
Bobby Brown notes at facebook:
Mr. Assad, if that jet were Israeli, you would not have downed it.