There was a dangerous incident last week over Syria involving two Western war jets and an Iranian passenger plane bound for Beirut.
Footage that was taken by passengers, showed one of the fighter jets flying alongside the passenger plane, operated by Mahan Air, a privately owned Iranian airline.
Iran’s Nour News website, known for its close ties with the country’s national security council, alleged that Jordan was involved in the US interception of an Iranian airliner.
The Iranian passenger plane en route from Iran to Beirut swerved and dropped abruptly to avoid two fighter jets, injuring several passengers before landing in Beirut.
Passengers then screamed as sudden turbulence seized the plane. In the aftermath, one video showed a passenger with his face and head bloodied, as well as a man lying down, apparently unconscious, while someone tended to him. Oxygen masks dangled overhead.
Iran media claims Mahan Airlines passenger flight was ‘threatened’ by two fighter jets over Syria’s sky. One report say jets were Israeli, another claims they were American. Plane landed in Beirut. Several passengers + crew reportedly injured.
Centcom confirmed that U.S. jets were involved, and claimed that they were conducting a routine patrol in connection with the al-Tanf base in southeastern Syria.
This latest incident is another reminder that the U.S. military presence in Syria is unauthorized and illegal. U.S. warjets have no business operating in Syrian airspace, and U.S. troops have no business being on Syrian territory.
The jets were operating illegally to safeguard an illegal base, and in the process they nearly caused a terrible accident. U.S. jets shouldn’t be interfering with civilian flights over Syria.
They shouldn’t be there at all. Just imagine how the U.S. would respond if the positions were reversed and a U.S. passenger plane were harassed in a similar fashion by fighters from a hostile government in another country’s airspace.
This incident is bound to increase tensions between Iran and the U.S., which were already quite high following the acts of war that been carried out inside Iran in recent weeks.
Nour News claimed that the F-15 fighter jets that intercepted Mahan Air Flight 1152 took off from Jordan’s al-Azraq airbase.
Since the jets were there to protect the al-Tanf base, it is worth remembering how useless the al-Tanf base is as a military outpost. It is supposedly there to block the so-called “land bridge,” but Iran can still send men and supplies into Syria by air.
Even if the mission served some U.S. interest, this base can’t achieve it. The base serves no purpose except to occupy Syrian territory on a mission that Congress has never authorized.
All U.S. forces in Syria should be withdrawn as soon as possible before something worse happens. But as long as the US military serves the agenda of Israel, Syria must be turned into hell on Earth, before the Zionists can invade the land with more illegal settlements?
The American Conservative / ABC Flash Point News 2020.