ISTANBUL – Turkey's defense minister says Turkish forces shot down a Syrian helicopter after it crossed into Turkish airspace. Syrian state-run television is denying the report, saying that a small drone was shot down.
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz told state-run Anadolu Agency that the helicopter was brought down Saturday after it crossed at Cilvegozu in southern Turkey. The helicopter had been in Turkish airspace for five minutes and was shot down about seven miles from the crossing.
He said: "I congratulate our armed forces which properly carried out its duty and showed the Syrian forces the necessary reaction. I embrace them all."
It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured in the incident.