It’s taken the media days to catch up and reluctantly report on what Geller Report reported the day of the crash, that Iran shot down that passenger plane. In their haste to cover for their jihad cause du jour, they insist it was a mistake. It wasn’t. The idea that Iran mistook flight 737 for a US military plane is absurd on its face. There are no Us military planes at Tehran airport.
Why the urgent rush to give the Islamic Republic a free pass in taking down a passenger jet? Monsters. Consider the stark difference between the West’s response to the German sinking of the passenger ship, the Lusitania. America has come to the parting of the ways with her allies when she must determine whether she stands for civilized or savage warfare.
Iran fired TWO missiles at jet liner and blew it out the sky after ‘mistaking it for US bomber’
- Iran fired TWO missiles at jet liner and blew it out the sky after ‘mistaking it for US bomber’: Satellites saw tragedy unfold, reveal spies as western airlines avoid airspace and chilling video shows missile hitting 737 with 176 aboard
- Satellite data detected two surface-to-air missiles being launched just minutes after the Boeing 737 took off
- It is feared Iran may have shot down the plane by mistake, possibly mistaking it for a US military plane
- Footage which emerged last night showed the Ukrainian passenger jet exploding in mid-air after it was hit
- Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson have all blamed Iran for the crash which killed 176 people
- Iran has called the Western claims a ‘big lie’ and ‘psychological warfare’ in a fresh burst of angry rhetoric
By Danyl HUSSAIN and Tim STICKINGS for Mail Online, 10 January 2020:
Iran fired two missiles at the Ukrainian passenger jet which crashed near Tehran and killed 176 people, it is believed.
Satellite data detected two surface-to-air missiles being launched just minutes after the Boeing 737 took off, the US government says.
It is believed that Iran may have shot the plane down unintentionally, possibly mistaking it for a military jet just hours after Tehran had attacked US bases in Iraq.
Footage which emerged last night showed the Ukrainian International Airlines jet exploding in mid-air after it was hit, killing all 167 passengers and nine crew on board.
Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Boris Johnson have all blamed Iran for the downing of the plane as Western governments rejected Tehran’s claims of a technical failure.
Iran called the Western claims a ‘big lie’ and ‘psychological warfare’ in a fresh burst of angry rhetoric, after its relatively inconsequential strikes on US bases had sparked hopes that Middle East tensions were calming.
Tehran says it is ‘opening’ the plane’s black boxes today, but has sent mixed signals about who will be allowed to investigate them.
The crisis forced Western planes heading to Iran to turn around in mid-air last night, with many of today’s flights to Tehran cancelled by the carriers.
America’s Federal Aviation Administration had banned US airlines from flying over Iran just hours before the crash, potentially saving American lives from a misdirected shoot-down.
An image of anti-aircraft missile debris, supposedly from near the site of the downed Ukrainian Airlines flight, shared on social media.
Tehran has been insisting for two days that the crash was an ‘accident’ unrelated to the wider Middle East tensions and caused by a technical failure which had forced the pilot to turn around in mid-air.
But last night Western governments came down firmly on the side of a missile strike.
Justin Trudeau, who has demanded answers for the families of 63 Canadians killed in the crash, said he had ‘intelligence from multiple sources’ pointing to a shoot-down.
‘The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile,’ he said, adding that the strike ‘may well have been unintentional’.
Donald Trump also rejected Iran’s claims of a mechanical fault.
‘It was flying in a pretty rough neighborhood. Somebody could have made a mistake,’ Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday. ‘I have a feeling that something very terrible happened, very devastating.’
UK prime minister Boris Johnson said there was ‘now a body of information that the flight was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile’, while France has also offered help with the investigation.
US intelligence says the Boeing 737 was tracked by satellite data which showed the plane airborne for two minutes before detecting the heat signatures of two surface-to-air missiles.
That was quickly followed by an explosion, officials say, before infrared emissions from the plane showed it burning as it crashed to the ground.
Multiple videos have shown the plane already ablaze before it hit the ground.
It was unlikely the flight crew had time to react to any missile, said Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
‘They probably wouldn’t have even seen it coming,’ he said. ‘Right after takeoff, the pilots were probably preoccupied with other things.’
Tehran-bound flights turned around last night after Western leaders blamed a missile strike for the crash.
Iran is ‘one or two years’ away from a nuclear weapon if it breaches deal, France warns
Iran could have nuclear weapons within two years if it continues to breach its 2015 deal with the West, France has warned.
French foreign minister Yves Le Drian said Iran was ‘between one and two years’ away from being nuclear-armed if it entirely abandoned the pact.
‘If they continue with unravelling the Vienna agreement, then yes, within a fairly short period of time, between one and two years, they could have access to a nuclear weapon, which is not an option,’ he told French radio.
Iran has taken a series of steps away from the deal in recent months, announcing after Soleimani’s death that it was no longer abiding by any of the enrichment limits.
Donald Trump abandoned the deal in May 2018 and re-imposed tough US sanctions on Iran, but European powers want to keep it alive.
Tehran has said it is willing to return to the limits if its demands are met, which include greater European efforts to bypass US sanctions.
Under the deal, Tehran had pledged to reduce its nuclear capacities for several years, including by capping its enrichment of uranium at 3.67 per cent, far below the more than 90 per cent required for a nuclear weapon.
Once a country enriches uranium to around 20 per cent, scientists say the time needed to reach 90 per cent is halved.
Iran continues to insist that it is not seeking a nuclear weapon.
EU foreign ministers are today holding an emergency meeting in a bid to de-escalate the Middle East crisis.
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