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Turkey: Syrian Turkmen commander who allegedly killed Russian pilot appears in Istanbul01:11

Turkey: Syrian Turkmen commander who allegedly killed Russian pilot appears in Istanbul

Turkey, Istanbul
January 28, 2016 at 21:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Deputy commander of a Syrian Turkmen brigade, Alpaslan Celik, whose forces allegedly killed one of the Russian pilots of the downed Sukhoi Su-24 jet, reportedly attended the funeral of his comrade Ibrahim Kucuk at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Wednesday. Kucuk was reportedly slain while fighting against government forces in Syria.

The Sukhoi Su-24 jet was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet for allegedly entering Turkish airspace in November of last year. One pilot, Oleg Peshkov, was killed in the incident and a marine, Alexander Pozynich, was subsequently killed during an attempted rescue mission to locate the second pilot, after the helicopter he was flying in came under fire and was forced to crash land.

Celik boasted that his forces has shot dead the Russian pilot while he was descending with a parachute.

Alparslan Celik is believed to be the son of a former mayor of a Keban municipality in Turkey's Elazig province. Moreover, he is thought to be a member of The Grey Wolves - a Turkish ultranationalist group, which has carried out a number of political murders since the 1970s.

Turkey: Syrian Turkmen commander who allegedly killed Russian pilot appears in Istanbul01:11
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Deputy commander of a Syrian Turkmen brigade, Alpaslan Celik, whose forces allegedly killed one of the Russian pilots of the downed Sukhoi Su-24 jet, reportedly attended the funeral of his comrade Ibrahim Kucuk at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Wednesday. Kucuk was reportedly slain while fighting against government forces in Syria.

The Sukhoi Su-24 jet was downed by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet for allegedly entering Turkish airspace in November of last year. One pilot, Oleg Peshkov, was killed in the incident and a marine, Alexander Pozynich, was subsequently killed during an attempted rescue mission to locate the second pilot, after the helicopter he was flying in came under fire and was forced to crash land.

Celik boasted that his forces has shot dead the Russian pilot while he was descending with a parachute.

Alparslan Celik is believed to be the son of a former mayor of a Keban municipality in Turkey's Elazig province. Moreover, he is thought to be a member of The Grey Wolves - a Turkish ultranationalist group, which has carried out a number of political murders since the 1970s.

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