A journalist from the Turkish newspaper Taraf
, Mehmet Baransu, reported in an article that Turkish pilots of F4 jet downed by Alawite regime were alive when they catapulted from the aircraft cabin. They were finished off in the sea by Assad's security services.
Journalist Baransu met in Istanbul one of high-ranking refugees from Syria, who represents a large Alawite clan close to Assad.
According to him, Bashar al-Assad and his family offered him the post of a minister a few months, but soon afterwards, he moved to the Turkish town of Iskenderun in order not to accept the offer. After the publication of the list of Syrian cabinet ministers which didn't contain his name he returned to Syria.
The refugee who asked not to disclose his name to the press reported that a hit squad has been formed last week on the order of al-Assad to kill him and his family, that is why he had to flee to Turkey.
Baransu says he has received interesting facts about the death of the two pilots of the Turkish jet downed by the Alawite regime (according to other sources by the Russians).
According to the refugee, local residents saw the pilots catapulted into the sea from the downed aircraft.
F4 took part in military exercises organized for the Free Syrian Army by the command of the Turkish Navy.
In addition to Navy ships, the exercise involved six ships of the Free Syrian Army. These vessels were protected from the air by two armed F-16s and two conventional jets F-4s. One of the F-4s violated the Syrian airspace. It was hit by a missile.
Residents of nearby villages saw the missile launch and the pilots descending into the sea in parachutes. The Turks sent a helicopter to the site, but it was driven away by warning shots.
After 40 minutes, Alawite military boats arrived to Turkish pilots.
According to the refugee, it was initially decided to capture the pilots alive and kill them after an interrogation. But then the order was given to kill them on the spot and the Alawites fulfilled it.
Only on the fourth day after the murder, the Assad regime allowed Turkey's to conduct a "rescue operation".
Department of Monitoring