Introduction – Jan 9, 2020
We are not saying that the claim that Iran shot down the Ukrainian Boeing 737 is a lie but we’ve been told so many outright lies and half-truths – from Saddam Hussien’s Weapons of Mass Destruction to claims about Assad’s chemical weapons attacks – that we should have learned to be a little more sceptical about any claims coming from the military-industrial-media complex.
So it is with these latest claims that Iran shot down the Ukrainian Boeing 737 that went down near Tehran.
Although western leaders like Boris Johnson and Justin Trudeau are mouthing these claims, the information appears to have originated from the Pentagon. That alone should make us suspicious, particularly given the steady stream of lies and disinformation from the Pentagon about Iraq, Syria and Iran. Ed
Pentagon Accuses Iran Of Shooting Down A Ukrainian Plane But Its Evidence Is Flimsy
Moon of Alabama – Jan 9, 2020
The Pentagon is accusing Iran’s air defense of shooting down the Ukraninan plane that crashed yesterday near Tehran. The Pentagon says that it was an accidental incident. But the evidence on which the claim is based is flimsy.
We reported yesterday on flight PS752:
Hours after Iran had launched the missiles a Ukrainian airliner crashed three minutes after it had taken off from Tehran airport. All 176 people on board died. The passengers were mostly from Iran, Canada and the Ukraine. The airplane was a three years old Boeing 737-800 NG operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, the country’s flag carrier. Video shows the burning airliner coming down on a glide path. Photos from the crash site show shrapnel like impacts on the fuselage. The evidence is consistent with an uncontained turbine disc rupture but other potential causes can not be ruled out. The incident will be investigated like all other airliner crashes.
In the update we added:
Higher quality daylight pictures of the crashed Ukrainian plane show that at least some of the “shrapnel impact holes” are not holes at all but are debris or dirt lying on top of the aircraft pieces. Additional pictures also show no evidence of an externally induced event.
The Flight Data Recorders of the airplane were found. Iran will download the data from them or, if it does not have that capability, will ask some other country (France?, Germany?) to do so. A preliminary accident report will be published after one month.
Newsweek now reports:
The Ukrainian flight that crashed just outside the Iranian capital of Tehran was struck by an anti-aircraft missile system, a Pentagon official, a senior U.S. intelligence official and an Iraqi intelligence official told Newsweek.
The aircraft is believed to have been struck by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system, known to NATO as Gauntlet, the three officials told Newsweek.
Two Pentagon officials assess that the incident was accidental. Iran’s anti-aircraft were likely active following the country’s missile attack, which came in response to the U.S. killing last week of Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, sources said.
How would an Iraqi intelligence official, likely controlled by the CIA, know what happened in Tehran? The evidence the reporter notes is not very convincing: