A Ukrainian Airliner Crash, Iran Rocket Attacks, and Questions

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Iran launched rocket attacks on Iraq’s “green zone.” Shortly after, a Ukrainian commercial airliner crashed near Tehran just after takeoff with the loss of all passengers and crew. That’s not counting the 4.9 earthquake that struck near the Bushehr Nuclear Facility. It was a busy day in Iran.

Attacking US interests:

Two Katyusha rockets landed in the green zone in Baghdad, but there were no injuries. (Washington Examiner) That came a day after several  missiles were fired at both Al-Assad Air Base and Erbil base in Iraq. No casualties on either of those as well, thanks to early warning systems.

But a Ukrainian aircraft that crashed near Tehran was a different story, as all 176 people aboard were killed. Sixty three of them were Canadians. When Iran refused to release the black box with flight data on the aircraft, speculation surfaced about whether or not the plane was shot down by accident. Iran says they are “conducting an investigation.” Translation: looking for someone to blame.

The plane was a Boeing 737/800 not a “737 max” plane, but one that had a stellar safety rating. It also had an “enhanced” crew, so pilot error was quickly ruled out.

Twitter image via @borzou

The plane crashed just minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s airport. The plane’s destination was the Ukraine capital of Kiev.

Commercial airlines are now rerouting flights that were to go over the Middle East in order to avoid Iranian airspace. Air Canada, the Australian carrier Qantas, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines are just a few of the airlines changing plans.

The President addressed the nation this morning on the attacks yesterday that were thwarted by the military’s early warning system. His statement read in part:

No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill and courage of America’s men and women in uniform. For far too long, all the way back to 1979 to be exact, nations have tolerated Iran’s destructive, destabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond. Those days are over. Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism and their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world.

The Pentagon stated the 16 short range ballistic missiles were intended to kill American personnel and create destruction,  but failed in the objective. Minimal damage was reported.

It was highly suspicious that the airliner crashed minutes after takeoff and just after two Katyusha rockets were launched at the Green Zone.

 

Featured photo: Twitter photo of the UIA airline crash that killed 176 people via Zero Hedge

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