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Celebrated Turkish pianist Fazil Say was charged with inciting hatred and insulting Muslim values for sending Twitter messages that mocked Islamic extremism; he faces trial in 2013. A government official claimed that Turkey is the only Muslim country with the potential to succeed in the defense industry.
Authorities grounded an Armenian plane that was carrying food for Syrian Armenians, then allowed the flight to continue on to Aleppo. The Turkish foreign ministry criticized Armenia's decision to resume flights to an airport in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Prime Minister Erdogan condemned UN Security Council inaction on the Syrian conflict and called for reform of the council. German Foreign Minister Westerwelle said Germany supported Turkey's interception of a plane suspected of carrying weapons to Syria.
The Foreign Ministry denied reports that US special forces troops were on Turkish soil near the Syrian border. Prime Minister Erdogan maintained that the jet intercepted in Turkish airspace yesterday carried ammunition and military equipment from the Russian arms export agency for delivery to the Syrian Defence Ministry.
Turkish jets forced a Syrian passenger plane flying from Moscow over Turkish airspace to land for inspection. Media reports said the plane was carrying military communications equipment, including wireless sets and jammers, as well as "missile parts." The Foreign Ministry prohibited Turkish civilian flights in Syrian airspace. Turkey has already prohibited use of its airspace for the provision of weapons to Syria.
Prime Minister Erdogan warned Syria that Turkey would continue to retaliate for Syrian attacks on Turkish soil. An additional 25 F-16 fighter jets were deployed near the Syrian border. NATO said it had plans to defend Turkey if necessary against Syria.
Turkey's antiterrorism squad arrested two Tunisian citizens at Istanbul's Atatürk airport last night who are suspects in the killing of US Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya. The Syrian rebel Farouk Brigade assisted the Turkish military in targeting a Syrian forward operating base near Tal Abyad.