Welcome to the Hawaii Intelligence Digest news update.
This post focuses on the shooting down of a Ukrainian jetliner by Iran’s military forces.
Views expressed in this geopolitical analysis are those of the reporters and correspondent.
Content supplied by the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” and the Associated Press.
Accessed on 11 January 2020, 0455 UTC, Post 946.
Please click link to read the full story.
According to the Associated Press, Iranian officials have admitted to “accidentally” shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner after initially refusing to admit their complicity in the incident. All 176 passengers and crew perished when the aircraft crashed onto a runway.
Iranian representatives said the crash resulted in part from misidentification of the aircraft, which apparently strayed too close to a Quds Force installation:
“A military statement carried by state media said the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target” after it turned toward a “sensitive military center” of the Revolutionary Guard. The military was at its “highest level of readiness,” it said, amid the heightened tensions with the United States.
“In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit,” the statement said. It apologized for the disaster and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such “mistakes” in the future.
It also said those responsible for the strike on the plane would be prosecuted.”
Our deepest sympathies to the families who lost loved ones in this tragic incident.
For the latest trends in geopolitics, terrorism, and cyber security, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily. Thanks for joining us today.
Until next time,
https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com (the daily update).
https://hawaiiintelligencedaily.com (breaking geopolitical news).