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Armed forces dismiss reports of new Syrian pilot defection
By Petra - Feb 25,2013 - Last updated at Feb 25,2013
AMMAN — The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) on Monday dismissed as baseless a news report carried by some media outlets that a Syrian aircraft had landed at a Jordanian airbase in Mafraq.
A JAF official said the news item, alleging that a Syrian pilot had defected from the regime and landed at Mafraq, was groundless.
Jordanian aircraft (F-16) and helicopters conduct regular training flights over Mafraq, the JAF official said, stressing that there has been no violation of Jordanian air space.
An army official on Wednesday said no Syrian aircraft entered Jordanian airspace, dismissing as baseless the reports carried by some online media outlets.
The government on Sunday said it was committed to international agreements with regards to the Syrian MiG-21 jet fighter that landed in the Kingdom in June.
Jordan on Thursday refuted as baseless news reports alleging the arrest of Jordanian security officials in Syria, underlining the Kingdom’s respect for Syria’s sovereignty.
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