Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 10, 2020—As the world followed reports of the Iranian regime launching missiles into Iraq targeting bases where U.S. troops are housed, at around 6 am local time on Wednesday, January 10, a Ukrainian civilian airliner crashed in a town west of the Iranian capital of Tehran, leaving all 176 onboard dead.
While Tehran was very careful in intentionally mistargeting its missiles to refrain from any American casualties, a surface-to-air missile fired by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) resulted in a deadly tragedy that further the disgusting nature of this repulsive regime.
Despite the Iranian regime's saber-rattling, the IRGC's very weak response to the killing of Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani involved firing missiles targeting U.S. bases in Ain al-Assad & Erbil, Iraq, that left no casualties.#Iran#Iraq pic.twitter.com/juZ5hgi5jN— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 8 January 2020
On Thursday, Newsweek cited officials in the Pentagon, and U.S. and Iraqi intelligence saying the Ukrainian airliner was downed by an anti-aircraft missile system, adding they are certain the plane was brought down as a result of two missiles. Pentagon officials referred to radar activity in the region and infrared waves of two missiles fired were recorded by satellites. The plane was downed by missiles fired from a Tor M1 anti-aircraft system, the officials added.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had received intelligence from multiple sources indicating that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, adding that it was possible that this was unintentional.
"This reinforces the need for a thorough investigation," he said. "Canadians have questions and they deserve answers."
Sixty-three Canadian citizens were aboard the airplane, which was supposed to head to Toronto after stopping in Kyiv.
Tehran was quick to claim, prior to any investigation, that the plane crashed due to technical errors. However, experts quickly debunked the mullahs’ claims, emphasizing that technical error just four minutes after takeoff cannot result in the such a crash. Even if both motors were in flames, the pilots would still be able to land the plane and technical errors do not cause planes to explode into pieces in midair. More interesting is the fact that there were no radio messages between the pilots and control towers, indicating the incident was very sudden in nature.
The Iranian regime’s Civil Aviation Organization chief held a press conference on Friday emphasizing the Ukrainian airliner was not downed by a missile and that the investigation could take up to two years.
Elizabeth Palmer of CBS said on Friday, “CBS crew just visited the #Ukrainian airlines crash site west of Tehran. Nine am local time. Virtually all pieces of the plane were removed yesterday - say locals. Scavengers now picking site clean. No security. Not cordoned off. No sign of any investigators.”
CBS crew just visited the #Ukrainian airlines crash site west of Tehran. Nine am local time. Virtually all pieces of the plane were removed yesterday - say locals. Scavengers now picking site clean. No security. Not cordoned off. No sign of any investigators. pic.twitter.com/hhNJyokhjq— Elizabeth Palmer (@elizapalmer) 10 January 2020
Another very suspicious fact is that the Iranian regime’s Minister of Road and Construction quickly said the plane’s black box will not be handed over to the manufacturing company or any country, emphasizing it will be analyzed only in Iran.
This is not the first time that the Iranian people are victims of the mullahs’ regime and their crises. In fact, no Iranian citizen or any foreign citizen is safe from tragedies caused by the regime on the ground, in the air, in the seas or even in their homes.
This entire ordeal has evolved into a major international issue for Tehran. It is worth noting that all dictatorships, when facing increasing crises, lose control of their rule and render such horrific catastrophes. This will most certainly expedite the mullahs’ downfall process.
“I declare Friday a day of general mourning for the loss of innocent passengers killed in the clerical regime’s attack on the Ukrainian plane. Ali Khamenei cannot confront the U.S. but finds an open hand in targeting and firing at the people of Iran on the ground and in air. Instead of the U.S., Khamenei took revenge from the people of Iran, and now, he is making threats against the PMOI/MEK in Albania,” Madam Rajavi said.