The US military has confirmed one of its planes a US Bombardier E-11A crashed in Pakistan sponsored Taliban Terrorist stronghold of Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan on Monday 27-January 2020.
The spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Sonny Leggett, tweeted on Monday 27-January 2020, “A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire. We will provide additional information as it becomes available”
The Bombardier E-11A is a US Air Force electronic surveillance plane used by the US Air Force for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan.
Video from the crash site circulating on social media appeared to show its charred ruins.
The aircraft crashed in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, an area with a strong Taliban presence.
Number of Casualties
There were conflicting claims over the number of dead and people on board, with the Taliban claiming it recovered six bodies, an Afghan police chief saying four were dead and two were missing, and a US official stating the jet was carrying fewer than five people.
It is unclear how many people were on board. A US official told Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity that there were fewer than 10 people on board the aircraft.
Sayed Abdul Wajeed Sadat, the Ghazni provincial head for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society told that 5 people had likely been killed in the crash. The humanitarian assistance organization is one of the few that sometimes gets access to Taliban-controlled areas.
The Red Cross official did not share further details of the crash or whether any of his teams had reached the site.
Tariq Ghazniwal, a journalist in the area, said that he saw the burning aircraft. In an exchange on Twitter, he told The Associated Press that he saw two bodies and the front of the aircraft was badly burned. He added that the aircraft’s body and tail were hardly damaged.
Ghazniwal said the crash site was about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from a U.S. military base. Local Taliban have been deployed to protect the crash site, he said, and several other militants were combing the nearby village for two people they suspect may have survived the crash.
Separately, a Taliban representative said that no crew members survived.
A Pakistani news website that is the mouthpiece of Pakistan Supported Taliban Terrorists in their article titled ‘83 killed’ as US plane crashes in Afghanistan claimed 83 people were killed in the crash. As everyone knows that Pakistan Media is controlled by Pakistan Army under the new law of PEMRA, it seems this high figure was released to show Pakistan support to Taliban Terrorists and to arm twist the US for releasing more Dollars to the bankrupt Pakistan economy.
Ghazniwal said the site was near a village called Sado Khelo, in the Deh Yak district. He also said the crash occurred soon after 1 p.m. local time, but residents in the area did not report a loud crashing noise. He couldn’t say whether the aircraft had been shot down but “the crash was not loud.”
Col Leggett denied Taliban claims that additional aircraft had crashed.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday he is “aware of the situation” but would not elaborate with any more details, saying “he has nothing further to report at this time.” Esper assured that the Pentagon will update the media when the “matter develops.”
Taliban social media accounts have posted unverified footage showing a burnt-out plane with US Air Force markings.
The video shows a Bombardier E-11A – the type of jet used by the US Air Force for electronic surveillance over Afghanistan.
Afghan authorities had initially said the crash plane belonged to state-owned airline Ariana, but the company quickly said all its planes were accounted for.
While helicopters have proven vulnerable and accident-prone in Afghanistan, the loss of a US fixed-wing aircraft is relatively rare.
A local provincial official told VOA’s TV-Ashna other forces have also reached the crash site.
“After an hour, some foreign military helicopters landed to the site inspected the ruined plane and left,” said Abdul Jami Jami, a provincial council member in Ghazni province.
“Afghan security forces also arrived and controlled the site after about four hours the incident,” he added.
The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in winter.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the downing of a “special American aircraft” flying over Afghanistan on what it described as an intelligence mission.
But the Taliban are not believed to have the sorts of anti-aircraft missiles needed to bring down a high-flying aircraft.
The plane involved is an E-11A, one of only four in the whole US Air Force.
It is an adapted Bombardier executive jet, chosen for its ability to fly at high altitude and with extended range. It is packed with electronics to act like the wi-fi range extender to enable better communications between air and ground forces and the headquarters.
It operates as part of the Air Force’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), which was developed in direct response to communication shortfalls during Operation Red Wings, a joint US military mission in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in 2005.
Monday’s plane crash is not expected to derail U.S.-Taliban peace talks if it turns out to have been an accident.
Iranian TV is showing this news with a lot of enthusiasm as if they were involved in shooting down of the US plane.
As per an Iranian News Website https://ifpnews.com/murderer-of-soleimani-killed-in-us-plane-downing-in-afghanistan-sources#.Xi_9Fum0Az0.twitter, Russian intelligence sources have confirmed that Michael D’ Andrea, the head of US intelligence operations against Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, has been killed in Taliban’s shoot-down of a US military plane in Ghazni.
The report, citing Russian intelligence sources, claims D’Andrea was killed.
De Andrea, who was responsible for the assassination of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, was apparently among the officers on board the plane, the Veterans Today website reports, quoting Russian intelligence sources.
Also known as Ayatollah Mike, D’Andrea is the most prominent figure of the CIA intelligence in the region.
Since 2017, D’ Andrea has run the CIA’s programs in the Middle East, allegedly responsible for the elimination of General Soleimani.
The CIA veteran is one of the most senior American spies, joining the CIA in 1979, and was given the nickname “Ayatollah Mike” for his operations against Iran.
He was involved in the hunt for 9/11 terror mastermind bin Laden and is said to have overseen drone strikes that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians in the Middle East.
D’Andrea was the inspiration for the character of “The Wolf” in the Hollywood film Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatised the search for bin Laden, who was assassinated in a US raid on his secret compound in Pakistan in May 2011.
D’Andrea previously served as director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center between 2006 and 2015, when he was publicly known only by his codename, “Roger”.
When he was outed in a New York Times report in 2015, he was described as a “gaunt, chain-smoking convert to Islam” who oversaw the CIA’s detention, interrogation and torture programme before he “became an architect of the targeted [drone] killing programme.
It is said that he converted to Islam to marry his wife.
In 2017, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration had appointed him to run the CIA’s espionage operations against Iran.
Pakistan Supported Taliban blocking rescue mission
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told Reuters that Afghan forces backed by US military support had tried to capture the area around the crashed aircraft and clashed with fighters of the Islamist militant group.
The attempt was repelled, he said.
Afghan special forces, rescuers and air crash investigators have been unable to access the site, and soldiers were repelled after clashing with Taliban fighters near the remote site.
Ghazni provincial police chief Khalid Wardak told Reuters that security forces were ambushed by the Taliban.
The Afghan troops were given an order to retreat, he said, adding that airborne action is to be taken instead.
The site has not been visited by US officials or any other members of the international force in Afghanistan
People are questioning the US stand of Peace talks with Pakistan Supported Taliban Terrorists that does not even allowed the US forces to retrieve the remains of the US martyrs.
Too Many Coincidences
Was it coincidence that Michael D’ Andrea, who was behind Soleimani killing was alleged to be on board the US plane?
Was it a coincidence that Iran had called for attacking all US assets and called upon all Hezbollah assets to target US assets?
Was it a Coincidence that one of the Pakistani Shia Group fighting in Syria has its origin in the area on Pakistan-Afghanistan Broder where the plane crashed? The Followers of Zainab Brigade (Liwa Zainebiyoun or Liwa Zainabiyoon) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liwa_Zainebiyoun is a pro-Pakistani government brigade fighting in Syria composed of Shia Pakistanis. It draws recruits from Shia Pakistanis living in Iran and native Shia of Parachinar and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It was formed and trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and operates under their command. Initially tasked with defending the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, it has since entered frontlines across Syria. Its dead are buried primarily in Iran. Approximately 158 of their fighters have died in Syria as of March 2019, excluding those killed in Israeli airstrikes. According to recent estimations, the total number of Pakistani fighters on the brigade hardly exceeds 800.
Was it a coincidence that the US Military fixed wing aircraft that has very rarely crashed in a decades, crashed within weeks of Soleimani killing in Pakistan supported Taliban Terrorist stronghold? We covered in details about how Pakistanis protested in our previous article Protests In Pakistan Against US And Israel On Soleimani’s Killing
Was it a coincidence that there were reports of Taliban getting armed with Missiles and Anti-Aircraft Guns?
Why did Taliban rush to claim downing of the US Military plane that was flying at the altitude of 45000 ft? Did Taliban have capability to hit at that height?
Was it a coincidence that there was an extensive media coverage of this crash by Iranian Media?
Even the people on Social Media expressed this doubt. https://twitter.com/tangentarian/status/1221878595125010434?s=20
Some Social Media comments that may need to be looked at:-
As more news will be released by the US Government after investigations, things will get more clearer.
However, this tragic loss has given opportunity to the disgruntled Pakistanis worldwide to rejoice on the US loss. This pedophile Pakistani Politician in UK mocked US President Donald trump on the loss.
Points to Ponder
Will Taliban be declared a Terrorist Organization? Will Pakistan be declared a state sponsoring Terrorism? Will the International community isolate and boycott Pakistan and deport all such Pakistanis who rejoice on the loss of the US and Allies? Will all US Allies stand with the US and deport the Pakistanis who are a terror threat residing in all the countries? Will the Islamic World either boycott Pakistan or reign in and educate Pakistanis with the peaceful teachings of Islam rather than the suicidal and violent form that is suicidal? Until FATF Grey Listed Pakistan that is spreading the violent form of Islam exists, there can be no peace in Indo-Afghan region. Balochistan, Sindhu Mahadesh and Pashtunistan are the 3 countries that want to break away from Terrorist Nation Pakistan. Will US and allies help in forming of 3 new Secular Independent Countries carved out after dividing Pakistan? Once these 3 new Independent Nations are formed, will Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and all the UN designated Terrorist organizations be eliminated from Pakistan?
What is more cost effective? Spending hundreds of Billions of Dollars on War against Terror or Spending a few Billion Dollars and divide the root country of Terrorism that is Pakistan? A little support to Freedom Fighters in Balochistan, Sindhu Mahadesh and Pashtunistan can end all the Terrorist Factories in Pakistan. Will US join hands with Afghanistan and India to help dismantle Pakistan?
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