Ukraine suspects terror attack in Tehran crash; Iran threatened U.S.; US forces withdraw
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 9 in last six hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Ukraine suspects missile, terror attack in Tehran crash
A missile hit and a terrorist attack are among the suspected causes of the deadly crash of a Ukraine plane in Tehran on Wednesday, according to Ukrainian officials.
The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) said on Thursday that a third cause could be the engine explosion due to a technical glitch.
A NSDC statement said the trajectory of the aircraft showed the plane belonging to the International Airlines changed it route to return to the airport but pilots did not report any emergencies.
Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said Thursday the plane caught fire before hitting the ground.
The crash killed all 176 passengers onboard shortly after it took off from Tehran’s international airport. It came at a time the Iranian army launched tens of ballistic missiles targeting U.S. troops in Iraq.
Iran’s attack was a retaliation over the assassination of Iran’s Quds Forces leader, Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike last week.
Among the victims were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British citizens.
Iranian commander says missile strikes start a series of attacks – TV
A senior Iranian commander said Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq did not aim to kill American soldiers but sought to damage Washington’s “military machine” and were the start of a series of attacks across the region, state television reported.
Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, also said the “appropriate revenge” for the U.S. killing of prominent Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was to expel U.S. forces from the Middle East, state TV said.
He also said Iran had hundreds of missiles at the ready and when Tehran launched missiles on Wednesday it had used “cyber attacks to disable (U.S.) plane and drone navigation systems.”
Syria: US forces withdraw from 2 bases in Hasakah
US troops withdrew from two military bases in Syria’s north-eastern province of Hasakah yesterday following the previous night’s missile strikes by Iran on US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani.
According to local sources American forces left from a base in Kharab Al-Jir area and moved towards the Al-Walid crossing near the Iraqi-Syrian border in a caravan of 40 military trucks, with at least 50 more evacuating another base in Shaddadi towards Houl, east of Hasakah.
Dozens of ballistic missiles targeted the Ain Al-Assad Air Base in Iraq’s western Anbar province in addition to an air base in Erbil located in northern Iraq. In a preliminary assessment, the Pentagon has denied that there were any American fatalities or causalities, whilst Iranian state media has reported that some 80 US troops were killed with 200 others wounded.
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Source: Anadolu, Reuters, MEMO