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    • By mgharaibeh
      Dibsi 'Afnan has been labeled as a historic site by UN.  There is no Islamic State there, no Alqaeda, just civilains and yet American airplanes pounded the area with bombs.
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    • By Saracen21stC
      Why am I delighted upon Erdogan’s victory?

      A brother that I know, Dr Saleh al-Ayid, wrote the following
      just a few minutes after Turkey’s electoral authorities announced that
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the general Presidential Turkish Election:

      Muslims on social media, particularly Arabs, have been busy
      exchanging greetings and congratulations for the victory of Erdogan.
      News and comments about him and his victory even overtook the topic of
      Gaza. The question is, however: why? There are a multitude of reasons
      for this. Muslims have been wanting to prove to the whole world that if
      they were to be given the choice, they would choose a Muslim leader who
      is sincere in working for his Ummah.

      Turkey is proof that if Muslims enjoy good leadership, they are
      capable of transforming their countries from so-called ‘developing’ ones
      to advanced, powerful countries as Erdogan and his party did. It is a
      matter of a few short years in which Erdogan’s Justice and Development
      Party, elected into power in 2002, transformed Turkey from a
      debt-ridden, ruined country, shattered by valueless secularism and
      deep-rooted corruption to one of the strongest countries in the world.
      In only 10 years, from 2002 to 2012, Turkish exports hit $152 billion,
      marking a ten-fold increase.[2] Turkey’s overwhelming annual inflation
      rate of up to 100% was watered down to single figures, whilst its GDP
      rose by over 45%. Erdogan is now resolute in bringing his economy into
      the top 10 in the world by 2023[3], having completely erased its
      52-year-old debt to the IMF in 2013.

      Born in 1954, Erdogan is the son of a coastguard in the city of Rize.
      During his early life he sold lemonade and buns for some pocket money,
      being a member of a poor family. Erdogan attended an Islamic school,
      before studying management at Istanbul’s Marmara University. Here he met
      Turkey’s first Islamist Prime Minister, Necmettin Erbakan, and began
      his fascinating political career.[4] In 1994, he became the mayor of
      Istanbul, converting the city from a slum into one of the world’s key
      destinations for tourism, and a beauty of a city for local residents.
      His commitment to Islām and its values were relentless and in 1998 he
      was detained for four months for reciting a poem on a public stage,
      containing line:

      His release and rise in positions of leadership, from Prime Minister
      in 2003-2014 to now President—the first to be directly elected by the
      people in Turkey’s history with 52% of the electorate voting for him.[5]
      This landmark victory suggests that secularism is a foreign phenomenon
      for our Islamic societies. Despite the fact that Turkey was once the
      mother and heartland of secularism in the Muslim world, it can so easily
      turn to Islam once the socio-economic pressure applied by the
      secularists is lifted.

      Many Muslims are ecstatic at the victory Erdogan has achieved. It
      marks a continuation to the unprecedented support Turkey has provided
      for the Syrian revolution. Many analysts confirm that had the
      authorities in Turkey acted against the interests of the Syrian people
      and their revolution, the tyrant regime in Syria would have regained
      power and wiped out the entire struggle. Turkey’s borders with Syria,
      particularly its southern border to Aleppo, are the major—if not the
      only—‘breathing space’ for the Syrian Islamic revolution.

      Palestinians in general and Gaza specifically are particularly
      overwhelmed with joy. For too long they have witnessed the entire world
      turning against them while the very few who may support them do so for
      no political gain. No one can forget israel’s raid on the Turkish,
      Gaza-bound flotilla and the political aftermath that ensued. No one can
      deny that it is Erdogan’s government, more than any other in the world
      today, that is ardently supporting Gaza and bitterly attacking israel as
      much as the rules of international politics allow. The victory of
      Erdogan has moreover come as a slap on the face of the many Arab and
      Gulf countries that have paid millions and billions of dollars in
      support of his main, secular competitor.

      There is no doubt that despite the atrocities the Ummah is
      going through, Allāh is showing us rays of light, and glimmers of hope,
      to keep us optimistic and motivated and to give us the ability to bear
      the responsibilities He commanded us to bear.

      Source: www.islam21c.com


      [1] Al-Qur’ān 12:21
      [2] http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/04/business/analysis-defterios-turkey/
      [3] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/09/turkey-instability-threatens-economic-success-erdogan
      [4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13746679
      [5] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28735915
      [6] Al-Qur’ān 24:55

    • By Saracen21stC
      Erdogan wins Turkey's presidential election

      Provisional results show PM won country's first directly elected poll with 52 percent as his main rival concedes defeat.

       Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has won the country's first direct presidential election in the first round after taking more that 50 percent of the vote,

      according to Turkey's election board.

      Sunday's victory will extend Erdogan's more than 10-year rule over the country for another five years.

      "The provisional results show that Erdogan has the majority of the valid votes," High Election Board chairman Sadi Guven told a news conference in the capital Ankara.

      "We have received more than 99 percent [of the votes]. Tomorrow we will announce the provisional results."

      Erdogan declared victory by addressing his supporters from his party's headquarters in Ankara.

      "Today national will and democracy have prevailed again… Today, greater Turkey has prevailed again... With the president being elected by popular vote, obstacles

      between Cankaya [the presidential palace] and the public have been lifted," he said, striking a conciliatory tone after a tense campaign period.

      "Our political views, lifestyles, beliefs and ethnicities can be different, but we are all offspring of this country. We are all owners of this state... I will embrace all 70 million

      [Turks] as president."

      The vote has been seen as a milestone in Turkish politics as Turks are electing their president by a popular vote for the first time in the country's history, bringing the

      office a new legitimacy.

      In a brief statement to reporters in Istanbul, the main opposition candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said: "I congratulate Mr Prime Minister and wish him success."

      At midnight (9pm GMT) on Sunday, the prime minster had received 52 percent of the votes, Ihsanoglu on 38 percent and the third candidate Selahattin Demirtas taking 10

      percent, after 99 percent of the votes had been counted, the semi-official Anatolia news agency said.
      Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith talks to Utku Cakirozer, Ankara bureau chief of pro-opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper

      Erdogan’s opponents accuse him of undermining the secular norms of Turkey and pushing it towards autocracy, while his supporters see him as a charismatic leader who

      changed the crisis-hit Turkey of the early 2000s into a prospering and respected country.

      "For the first time in Turkish history, a strong political leader elected by the public is taking over the presidential seat," Ali Bayramoglu, a political analyst and columnist

      for the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper, told Al Jazeera.

      "These are signals of Turkey moving away from parliamentary system in favour of the presidential system, a change Erdogan seeks."

      The presidency in Turkey has relatively more powers compared to similar parliamentary governments.

      The office has the power to promulgate laws or return them to the parliament for reconsideration, to call public referendums, to call new parliamentary elections, to appoint

      the prime minister, ministers and key bureaucrats.

      Koray Caliskan, a professor at Istanbul's Bogazici University, believes that Turkey will now slip further away from democracy and the country will be more polarised in the


      "In time, Turkey will look more and more similar to [President Vladimir] Putin's Russia. He will use all his presidential powers to tighten his grip on the country," he told Al


      Different campaign rhetorics

      During campaigning, Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since 2002, has talked about infrastructure projects, foreign policy moves, economic reforms, and a

      new constitution featuring a presidential system, signaling an unconventional and active presidency.

      Conversely, Ihsanoglu had stressed "unity" and "neutrality", drawing a more traditional and passive picture for his potential presidency.

      Ihsanoglu was backed by the left-leaning secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the two largest opposition parties in the

      country, in addition to various smaller ones.

      Ihsanoglu has no political identity and his discourse was more about keeping the status quo in Turkey and preventing the other candidate [from being elected]

      Ali Bayramoglu, Turkish political analyst

      As a conservative academic and diplomat who used to lead the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, he spent most of his life abroad and therefore was largely unknown

      by Turkish public.

      Caliskan told Al Jazeera that the election has taken place in an unfair atmosphere, where Erdogan campaigned as prime minister, using state facilities and media

      throughout the campaigning process.

      "I don’t think the two main opposition parties made any mistakes in their alliance in this process, but the dynamics of the election was fundamentally unfair," Caliskan


      "Erdogan campaigned through state visits, used state properties and appeared on state media far more than Ihsanoglu."

      Bayramgolu said: "Erdogan might have appeared more than his opponents on state television, but there was diverse media coverage by tens of media organisations

      affiliated with the government and the opposition."

      "I don’t think him campaigning as prime minister had any effect on the result."

      Bayramgolu also said the opposition failed to pick a candidate who could represent them and reveal the synergy of their alliance.

      "Ihsanoglu has no political identity and his discourse was more about keeping the status quo in Turkey and preventing the other candidate [from being elected]," he said.

      "I think this explains why the sum of two party’s votes is far lower than their aggregate votes in the local elections of March."  

      Alleged use of state resources

      The alleged use of state resources by Erdogan's presidential campaign was a source of controversy before the election.

      Last month, Ihsanoglu said Erdogan was using state-owned planes, helicopters, and other facilities, which were not being provided for his presidential campaign.

      "We know we are competing in unequal circumstances. But there, the will of the people and God is superior to all of this," he said.
      Listening Post: Turkey's media pressure points

      The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a Vienna-based international security and rights organisation, also criticised the government for the

      same reason.

      "The campaign activities of the prime minister are large-scale events, often combined with official government events," an OSCE report of July 31 said.

      "While other candidates actively campaign, the public visibility of their campaigns is limited."

      In another development, Turkey's media watchdog said in July that Turkey's state television covered the upcoming election in a one-sided manner that favoured Erdogan.

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    • By Saracen21stC
      Ramadan in the Balkans


      Muslims in the Balkans celebrate the days of Ramadan as if they are in a feast that lasts for 29 or 30 days and nights. Streets and shops are adorned with lights, Masaajid (i.e. Masjids) are filled with prayers and Athkaar and day to day customs and traditions are changed only to be replaced by the values and manners of Ramadan. The time of cooking and sitting at the table with the family changes. Those fasting quit drinking coffee and eating food till the time of Iftaar (i.e. breaking the fast at sunset). Unveiled women wear modest clothes out of respect for Ramadan. Neighbors exchange food as well as visits and Iftaar invitations. Masaajid are filled with worshippers unlike the other days of the year.

      The Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, said: "Ramadan is a test for our readiness to be patient, and to endure and realize the reality of hunger that is suffered by many people around the world. Moreover, Ramadan visits us every year to purify our souls from the accumulation of heedlessness, negligence and sins." He continued: "Muslims should be happy with their religion and obedience to Allaah because whoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, the gates of Paradise are open for him." He added: "Islam teaches us how to live happily and teaches us that whoever declines to remember Allaah leads a miserable life. Fasting people should be happy with their success in defeating the pressures, requirements and desires of the body." He also said: "Ramadan is the individual happiness and ʻEed is the collective happiness." The grand mufti mentioned that the second day of 'Eed every year is specified for the martyrs among the sons of Bosnia who died while defending the survival of Bosnia and preventing the enemies from dividing it.

      Multi-featured happiness:

      Muslims in the Balkans prepare for the blessed month of Ramadan and 'Eed according to the traditions they are accustomed to. These traditions are characterized by delight and dominated by happiness irrespective of material problems and social, economic and political circumstances. Muslims in these days find time for happiness when they forget their sorrows and pain all throughout the year whether they are personal, family-related, popular or national.

      The Mufti of Banja Luka, Shaykh Adham Samcic, said: 'Eed is happiness in our hearts, our homes and among our neighbors." Furthermore, Muslims in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia celebrate Ramadan and the blessed 'Eed Al-Fitr in a high spiritual atmosphere that is characterized by tolerance and calling for coexistence" in an environment of harmony, recognition of everyone and observing the right of difference and the duty of respecting the principles and viewpoints of others whoever they are."

      Masaajid and places of prayer in the aforementioned countries witness great crowds in the days of Ramadan as Muslims visit them from everywhere whether they are used to praying or usually abandon prayers. This is because witnessing the Taraaweeh prayer in Ramadan is a firm tradition for Muslims in the Balkans. No one abandons it except the sick or travelers.

      In the Balkans, people who memorized the Quran lead the worshippers in prayers. Religious lectures increase in the Masaajid to emphasize that "religion is peace, justice is respect, reality is security and the wishes of the soul are the health of the body." The wisdom that Muslims learn from such lectures includes the following: "If faith disappears from the lives of people, peace will disappear among them. If justice is not the basis of judging, the judgment will not be respected by the nation. If the spirit is not full of faith and hope, the soul will deteriorate and determination will weaken and despair will increase. Also, submission, hypocrisy and searching for false individual salvation will prevail. Moreover, it should be known that lying is the origin of sins." Preachers warn against sedition. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {Fitnah is worse than killing.} [Quran 2:191]. They also call for cooperation and coexistence among the different peoples, nations, cultures, sects and schools. Yards and playgrounds, like the commercial hub in the middle of Sarajevo, witness a great number of people praying as the Mufti of Sarajevo, Shaykh Husayn Samaic, leads the masses.

      The following is some of what Muslims learnt in his lectures: "The life of faith is the best choice between the natural happy and quiet life and the other disordered, competitive and exhausting life." "If we have no role in choosing the time of our birth or our parents, then we do have the choice in how we live and think and what we will be like before our death." "Whoever does not respect the thoughts of others and wants to restrict them is violating the laws of nature and the creatures whom Allaah Made different. He Called for coexistence, respecting others and preserving Islamic values.”

      In Mostar, Muslims pray in thirty-seven different places. The Mufti of Mostar leads the worshippers in prayer in the cultural center of the University of Mostar.

      In Zvornik, the Mufti of the Eastern province of Bosnia leads people in prayer in the largest Masjid in the region.
      In Zagreb, Croatia, the Mufti, Shaykh Shawqi ʻUmar Bactic, said that Muslims in Croatia receive congratulations from the Grand Mufti in Bosnia, the president of Croatia, Stjepan Mesiو, and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor for the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadan.

      Furthermore, Muslims in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania receive congratulations from senior officials in these countries. Ramadan, for the Mufti and the Imaams of the above mentioned countries, represents an opportunity to deliver messages to Muslims through lectures that call them to return to their religion in terms of learning, understanding and applying it as well as a chance to send a message of peace to non-Muslims in order to recognize the right of Muslims to practice Islam without restriction, harassment, hate, projections or insinuation.
      Senior Muslim officials in the Balkans perform the Taraaweeh prayers with the Muslims and exchange congratulations with worshippers (without the interference of guards or security measures) for the advent of the virtuous month or in the morning of ‘Eed day directly after the prayer.

      Great enthusiasm from young people:

      Masaajid in Bosnia witness an unparalleled attendance of youths and adolescents, especially in the blessed month of Ramadan. This is a glad tiding in a country that is targeted from everywhere. Although Bosnia is a country of multiple sects and ethnicities, whoever wanders in the streets of the cities, especially in Sarajevo, before Iftaar will only see a few people who are not fasting, sitting in cafes and restaurants or smoking. Young people occupy the first rows when performing the five prayers and Taraaweeh. Moreover, their relation to one another is very intimate. This means that it is a collective return and not merely personal religiousness or a state that is related to the virtuous month.

      Having Iftaar inside the Masaajid:

      Young people and the newly practicing among them are keen on having Iftaar before performing the Maghrib prayer. Afterwards, they go to their homes or collective Iftaar centers that are established by some foundations like Al-Marhamah, which is affiliated to the Islamic Sheikhdom or other charitable foundations including Arabic ones.

      Twenty-one year old Raamiz said: "I love performing the obligatory prayers in the Masjid including the Maghrib prayer as we eat three or five dates upon the Athaan to be ready to perform the prayer immediately after the Iqaamah." He added: "After performing the prayer, we go back as guests at one another's homes, at the collective Iftaar centers or as hosts." Young people are keen on arriving early to the Masjid, especially at the time of Ishaaʼ, for performing prayer and reciting the Quran." Twenty-one year old ʻAamir said: "Voluntary prayers are better at home but voluntary prayers, reciting the Quran in the Masjid, taking frequent steps to it and staying there are considered by the youth as one of the aspects of maintaining the Masaajid." Furthermore, young people are keen on quiet and not wasting time in idle talk inside Masaajid, especially upon delivering short lectures that are given by preachers before the Ishaaʼ and Taraaweeh prayers.

      Lectures and activities:

      Every year in the Masaajid of Bosnia, lectures and activities are organized. Young people and whoever could attend take part in these activities especially between Thuhr and 'Asr and 'Asr and Maghrib. Quran is recited alternately, that is to say that one of them reads an agreed upon amount of the Quran and then another follows. Usually among the attendants, there is a person who memorized the Quran or is skillful at one or more type of recitation to correct pronunciation and recitation.

      Before Ishaa', religious lectures are given that remind the performers of prayer of the virtues of the month of Ramadan and the necessity of utilizing it to support the basics of the spiritual structure and strengthen the relation with Allaah The Almighty. Young people love these lectures. Twenty-four year old Almir said: "These lectures comfort the soul and bring about happiness. When I listen to them, I forget all my concerns and life, with its sweet and bitter aspects, seems to me as something that does not deserve killing oneself in its pursuit. Instead, one should live according to his potential and remember that the Hereafter and all that which it contains is the centre of the real life of man. The life of this world is but a stage to win what is there." These lectures played a role in improving the religiousness of many people whether in Ramadan or outside Ramadan.

      Ramadan talk:

      In Sarajevo, a new piece of writing about Ramadan was recently celebrated. It was added to the Ramadan library that is still showing noble cultural and human manifestations. For many people, it became an occasion for learning through the cultural nights of Ramadan in which thoughts are expressed and merged.

      The book "Ramadan Talk" was written by Adham Mula Abdic and Rida Begh Kabyatanovic and presented to people by Samir Sadiqovic. The book emerged as one of the topics that were discussed in the conversations of Ramadan this year in Bosnia. The book, in addition to the worship and spiritual aspects of Ramadan, gathers the experiences of a huge number of believers in Ramadan, how they fasted and their feelings in this noble month in which the souls of believers are elevated and superior wishes and divine grants prevail over whatever is mortal and earthly. In addition, thoughts and minds become clearer for they were screened by previous months. Man spends his day thinking of the Hereafter and noble values so he becomes very close to Allaah The Exalted. The author quoted some of those whom he asked saying: "There is no other month in which I feel the depth of faith, the sweetness of worship and the happiness for being a Muslim like in Ramadan."

      Another said: "In Ramadan, I glorify the Symbols of Allaah The Almighty and avoid His prohibitions more than in other months. I feel that Allaah The Exalted Is very close to me so I fear Him more than in any past time. There is no month in which I remember Allaah The Almighty and recite the Quran like in Ramadan."

    • By Saracen21stC
      Turkey calls Nato meeting on warplane downed by Syria
      Syria said it engaged the aircraft in its airspace "according to the laws that govern such situations"Continue reading the main story
      Syria Conflict
      Turkey seeks diplomacy not war
      UN mission at crossroads
      Russia stands by Assad
      An intractable conflict?

      Turkey has called a meeting of Nato member states to discuss its response to the shooting down of one of its warplanes by Syrian forces on Friday.
      Ankara has invoked Article 4 of Nato's charter, under which consultations can be requested when an ally feels their security is threatened, officials say.
      Earlier, Turkey's foreign minister said the F-4 Phantom was in international airspace when it was shot down.
      Syria has insisted the jet was engaged while it was inside its airspace.
      It has also said no act of hostility was intended, noting that as soon as the military discovered the "unidentified" aircraft was Turkish its navy joined efforts to rescue the two crew members.
      The Turkish foreign ministry said it knew the coordinates of the jet, which was in Syrian territorial waters at a depth of 1,300m (4,265ft), but has not yet found it.
      The coast guard is still searching for the crew in the Mediterranean Sea, though hopes are fading of them being found alive.
      The government has also issued a diplomatic protest note to Syria.
      Continue reading the main story

      Jonathan Marcus BBC Diplomatic Correspondent
      Turkey's decision to call a Nato meeting to discuss the downing of one of its warplanes by Syrian air defences is a measure of the seriousness of the situation. But it also sends a signal that, for now, Ankara is looking for a concerted diplomatic response rather than taking military action of its own.
      Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty allows for countries to consult together whenever "in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened".
      Turkey might have sought such consultations at earlier stages in the Syrian crisis, prompted for example by the flood of refugees across its borders or shells fired by Syria landing on its territory.
      Nato's deliberations will raise the pressure on the Syrian regime, but it is hard to see them having any practical effect in terms of convincing President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.
      'Training mission'
      Nato spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the North Atlantic Council, the principal political decision-making body within the military alliance, would meet in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the incident.
      "Turkey has requested consultations under Article 4 of Nato's founding Washington Treaty," she told Reuters.
      "Under article 4, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened."
      Turkey wants to be sure of the strongest backing once it decides its official response, reports the BBC's Jonathan Head in Istanbul.
      The government has promised that it will be strong, decisive and legitimate, and that it will share all the information it has with the public.
      Earlier, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu became the first senior Turkish official to challenge Syria's account of the downing of the jet.
      After lengthy meetings with military chiefs, he told TRT state television that the unarmed jet had "momentarily" entered Syrian airspace by mistake on Friday but had left when it was shot down 15 minutes later.
      "According to our conclusions, our plane was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles (24km) from Syria," he said.
      Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the aircraft was unarmed, and on a routine training mission
      According to international law, a country's airspace extends 12 nautical miles (22.2km) from its coastline, corresponding with its territorial waters.
      Mr Davutoglu also insisted that the jet had not been on a "covert mission related to Syria" but had instead been carrying out a training flight to test Turkey's radar capabilities.
      He said the plane had not "shown any hostility", been clearly marked as Turkish, and that he did not agree with the Syrian military's statement that it had not known to whom it belonged.
      UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Syrian military's actions were "outrageous" and underlined "how far beyond accepted behaviour the Syrian regime has put itself".
      "It will be held to account for its behaviour. The UK stands ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations Security Council," he said.
      'Unidentified target'
      The Turkish military said it lost radio contact with the F-4 Phantom at 11:58 (08:58 GMT) on Friday while it was flying over Hatay province, about 90 minutes after it took off from Erhac airbase in the province of Malatya, to the north-west.
      Later, the Syrian military said an "unidentified air target" had penetrated Syrian airspace from the west at 11:40 local time (08:40 GMT), travelling at very low altitude and at high speed.
      It said that in line with the laws prevailing in such cases, Syrian air defences engaged the craft, and scored a direct hit about 1km (0.5 nautical miles) from its coastline.
      It burst into flames, and crashed into the sea at a point 10km (5 nautical miles) from the village of Om al-Tuyour, off the coast of Latakia province, well within Syrian territorial waters, the statement added.
      Relations between Nato-member Turkey and Syria, once close allies, have deteriorated sharply since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. More than 30,000 Syrian refugees have fled the violence across the border into Turkey.

      Alleged flightpath of downed Turkish F-4 Phantom

      1. F-4 Phantom takes off from Erhac airbase, Turkey, at approximately 10:28 local time (07:28 GMT), on 22 June
      2. Syria says the jet enters its airspace at 11:40 (08:40 GMT)
      3. Turkish military loses contact with the plane at 11:58 (08:58 GMT), while it is over Hatay province
      4. Syria says its air defences engaged aircraft about 1km (0.5 nautical miles) from the coast and that it crashed into the sea 10km (5 nautical miles) west of Om al-Tuyour. Turkey says the plane was 24km (13 nautical miles) from Syria, which under international law is considered international airspace
      Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18571580