Pro-gov’t journalist says, ‘If only US soldiers had been in the helicopter crash’

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A reporter working for the staunchly pro-government A Haber TV station has expressed regret that it was Turkish military officers rather than American soldiers in a helicopter that crashed in İstanbul on Monday evening.

Reporter Salih Nayman was speaking as the TV station was broadcasting video footage moments before the helicopter, belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), crashed in a residential neighborhood.

“If only we didn’t have to share this video footage with you. If only this footage was of American soldiers. But unfortunately they were our soldiers,” said Nayman.

It is common for pro-government circles in Turkey to express their enmity toward the United States, which they frequently accuse of playing dirty games against Turkey.

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