As we now know, the justification killing of Qassem Soleimani was based on a lie. We also know that retaliatory strikes from the Islamic Republic occurred on the morning of January 8th, culminating with its mistaken shooting down of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport.
However, sources are now saying that perhaps cyber warfare from the US and Israeli governments might mean there’s more to the story regarding Tehran’s gaffe. This isn’t an article excusing Tehran for killing 176 people in the midst of a military standoff with the US. At the end of the day, Tehran is guilty of this crime – but were they fooled into striking the airliner to provide further means of justification for harsher sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic by the Trump administration as well as to further demonize the Iranian government as a whole?
Let’s explore the issue.
Iran’s Air Defenses
We know the night of the 8th was one of tension in the Islamic republic. Iran just fired at and struck two US bases in Iraq while earlier Trump announced on January 4th that he had targeted 52 cultural sites in Iran.
Needless to say, the entire nation was on high alert.
However, the Iranians made a fatal error in failing to shut down their airspace, meaning civilian airliners were still taking off and arriving at Tehran’s airport, which occurred even after Flight 752 was shot down.
This led to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to accuse Iran of striking the airliner (several passengers were Canadian) while at the same time, accused the Trump administration of deliberately and recklessly seeking to escalate tensions with Iran over the assassination of Soliemani.
We need to point nowhere else other than the communication issues Iran’s defenses were experiencing during the fatal shootdown of Flight 752. The Iranian missile operator also reported jamming while the planes transponder switched off and ceased to transmit several minutes before the missiles were launched.
Where Did the Jamming Come From?
The source was unknown, but this forced the air defense system to be placed on manual rather than auto, which now increased the probability for human error, forcing human operations to make a quick judgment during a tense situation along with the likelihood of retaliatory strikes from the US.
With the transponder being shut down, it instead indicated Flight 752 was hostile rather than civilian, which it would’ve done under normal circumstances. Coupling this with the high possibility for retaliatory strikes from the US, the operator fired, downing the plane and killing all 176 civilians on board.
About the Missiles
The missiles in question were Russian-made, called SA-15 by NATO while the Russians referred to them as TOR. The system in place includes radar to track targets along with an independent launch system with the ability to interpret call signs and transponder systems to prevent such accidents.
However, given the fact that the transponder shut down along with reports of jamming and communication error, it provides evidence to believe the system was tampered with from cyber interference, which of course would set the stage for and increase the likelihood of an accident that in turn, the West could point blame to the Iranian government.
Remember, when I first wrote about the incident, I suspected a potential false flag, as noted in this article. At the time, Tehran was still investigating the cause of the crash and I believed at the time perhaps the US was pointing fingers or if a missile indeed struck the plane, it easily could’ve come from the likes of Israel or even the US.
Not long after, the New York Times published a verified video from Tehran that depicted a missile appearing to strike a plane. The individual standing outside recording the video on a cold morning in Tehran (Tehran is a rather cold weather climate as its location is toward the northern part of the country) who just happened to have a camera phone pointing straight at the site where the missile struck the plane. Keep in mind nothing else was going on in the sky that night in Tehran – no meteor showers, no sky show of any kind – just a civilian pointing their phone at a black canvas. Seconds later, a fireball lights up in the sky, followed by the sound of impact.
So, who took this video?
It first appeared on an Instagram profile called ‘Rich Kids of Tehran.’ Joe Quinn of Sott.net was th efirst to bring this to oru attention, asking how the ‘Rich Kids’ “happened to be in a low-income housing estate on the city’s outskirts [near the airport] at 6 a.m. on the morning of January 8th with cameras pointed at the right part of the sky in time to capture a missile hitting a Ukrainian passenger plane…?”
If that doesn’t strike you as a potential setup, then I don’t know what will.
Further, one major downside to the SA-15 is the fact it can be hacked rather easily, which would permit an outsider to take control and impersonate the operator, technologies the US Navy and Air Force have produced quoting they can “fool enemy radar systems with false and deceptively moving targets. This article from the Guardian reports how the US Military has developed these systems that are capable of altering the electronics and targeting of Iran’s missiles.
Given that the US has the power to do this, and given the multitude of false flags and lies the US has used as means of justification to pick fights with other nations over the course of the 20th and 21st century – it’s blatant history – tells me it’s very likely either the US or Israel could’ve easily shut down this transponder and created communication issues.
Couple this with the fact it just so happened on a night where Tehran struck US bases followed by Trump’s uncharacteristically nonchalant “All is good” response tells me a few things. While it obviously can’t be proven that this is indeed the case, it’s likely that the US can easily paint Tehran as the bad guy by shutting creating havoc at these air defense stations which in turn, would increase the probability for human error.
Given the situation was already a high-pressure one with all of Iran, especially its major cities, on high alert, impulse decisions, especially one reading a civilian airliner as a hostile, would subsequently lead to disastrous consequences, as this incident surely did.
Again, this article isn’t letting Tehran off the hook for the murder of 176 civilians, but it is saying that perhaps Tehran had a strange bedfellow enter uninvited as an accomplice. If that’s the case, then more than one government is to blame here.