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Turkey downs Syrian helicopter in tense border region

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Turkey said it had downed a Syrian military helicopter that violated its airspace on Monday, in a move Damascus said was aimed at heightening tensions between the former allies. 

A helicopter of the Syrian regime forces hovers in Syria's northern Latakia province on February 5, 2013.

The Syrian MI-17 helicopter was detected two kilometres (1.2 miles) inside Turkish airspace and shot down five minutes later after failing to heed warnings, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters.

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