A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Tehran accused the U.S. of attempting to provoke a military response from Iran by intercepting the civilian aircraft over Syria last week.

According to the Iranian Young Journalist Club (YJC), who quoted the director of the Iranian Presidential Office, Mahmoud Wadhi, as saying:

“The recent hostile action by the United States towards the civil Mahan aircraft is ridiculous and stems from a great weakness.”

He continued, “These irrational and very bizarre measures for a country claiming to be a superpower are a sign of their weakness and despair in front of the Iranian people, as the Americans sought to intimidate Iran so that Tehran would issue a military response, but the Iranian people and government thwarted this and the Americans failed to reach their goal.”

Last week, two American F-15 jets intercepted a Mahan Air flight near the Al-Tanf region of Syria, as it was attempting to complete its flight to Beirut.

The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) contrasted Iran’s claims, stating that only one F-15 intercepted the civilian airliner.

They added that they conducted the interception in order to protect their forces in the Al-Tanf region.

 

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Neil Barron
Neil Barron
2020-07-29 23:02

Not one plane intercepted anything and never does in all these fake plane “Interceptions” . Read the d**n definition for the word. If so there wouldn’t be any planes in the air. They do go and “Investigate” to make sure they are following all the rules. Has anyone actually seen any real pictures of what goes on up there? Well look and you will find pictures from both sides Russian and US greeting ,waving, smiling, and acknowledging each other as they tend to be the same pilots up there doing their job. Get over it.

Gryz
Gryz
2020-07-30 03:43
Reply to  Neil Barron

ANd you learn the definition better and go past the surface. You probably haven’t even bothered checking passenger videos and the consequences of what actually happened. The airliner pilot had to perform a steep dive to avoid a near-collision with one of the F-15, which resulted in serious injuries among the passengers. It was a textbook occurrence of something called “unsafe interception” and many such instances have similarly been blamed by US authorities on Russian pilots. And you probably missed those as well. Nobody “waved”, “greeted” or “smiled” at each other stuff they do in your fantasy world. Again, you… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-30 11:06
Reply to  Neil Barron

Absolutely. The point is that the Iranian airliner was on a flight path where, had it been a wing of 4-6 Iranian F-4 Phantom II flying in tight formation to send back a radar image looking like an airliner could have carpet bombed the US base. Same as when any aircraft entering an ADIZ with neither transponder nor a flight plan communicated to ATC : you just send a wing of two fighters to see what’s going on : as long as such an unknown aircraft doesn’t forces into your airspace w.o. allowance or doesn’t launches cruise missiles, there will… Read more »

Gryz
Gryz
2020-07-30 16:07
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

Except that there is no legally-binding ADIZ over the Al-Tanaf area, since the US presence both on the ground and in the air here and elsewhere in and above Syria is utterly illegal, so their claims in legitimizing interception are moot. That F4 thing is part of your usual delirium, as first the Iranian would never attempt to carpet bomb anything American, and should they choose to flatten a given US Occupation base in Syria as you imply, their ballistic arsenal is way sufficient, deadly, precise, safer, less expensive and more efficient than sending planes all the way from Iran… Read more »

Gryz
Gryz
2020-07-30 16:12
Reply to  Gryz

Plus, as the US presence is not legally binding or recognized by any international regulating body relating to air traffic, the Iranian airliner pilots did not feel the need to provide transponder check to self-proclaimed wannabee US pirate air patrols roaming the area, and so absolutely with reason. Any action undertaken by those rogue and reckless F-15s against a defenseless civilian airliner filled with passenger on its legally valid flight-path into sovereign Syria would have landed Washington with international reprobation and a filing of a completely valid complaint at the ICC for war crimes. Now that would have ended getting… Read more »