I was on my cell phone with a truck driving friend a few hours ago, when we both heard someone say this over the CB radio. Missiles hitting Iran sounded really interesting, but was there any merit to the story? After looking it up – the verdict isn’t in yet. Washington says that several Russian cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea at ISIS targets in Syria failed to hit their mark and crashed in Iran. Russia and Iran deny this.
An article at Zerohedge says: “Note that we are not denying the possibility that some Russian cruise missles might have accidentally landed in Iran. That very well could be the case. But if it is, here’s why: Moscow just fired up a military juggernaut that’s been parked in the garage for nearly three decades and so yeah, it’s entirely possibly that there will be a few hiccups and tragically, those hiccups will probably result in the loss of innocent lives. There’s no sugar coating that.
But if this is an effort on the part of the Pentagon to create tension between Moscow and Tehran it won’t work.
Understand that this would be like attempting to sow conflict between the US and Canada by drawing attention to US missles that accidentally hit Alberta on the way to targets in Alaska where militants were attempting to invade North America. In other words: Tehran isn’t going to care about this and the sooner Washington, Doha, and Riyadh decide to get serious about developing a real strategy here, the better off they’ll look in the history books because suggesting that Russian jets are about to bomb Ankara and/or that Russia shouldn’t fire cruise missiles at militants because one or two might malfunction on the flight over Iran hardly counts as a credible “plan” and indeed, this isn’t exactly the best time for the US to be pointing fingers when it comes to collateral damage.
Oh, and by the way, both Russia and Iran say these reports are entirely bogus. Via Sputnik:
Iranian defense ministry believes reports on “fallen Russian cruise missiles” are part of the intensified western propaganda war, according to a source.Tehran denies US reports that four of Russia’s cruise missiles targeting ISIL actually fell to the ground in Iran, with the country’s defense ministry calling the accusations “psychological war.” Russia’s Defense Ministry denies US media reports of an alleged incident involving cruise missiles which were fired at ISIL positions in Syria on October 7, stating that all missiles hit their designated targets. “No matter how unpleasant and unexpected for our colleagues in the Pentagon and Langley was yesterday’s high-precision strike on Islamic State infrastructure in Syria, the fact remains that all missiles launched from our ships have found their targets,” ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
BBC says: “Iran’s Irna news agency reported on Wednesday that an unknown flying object had crashed in the village of Ghozghapan in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, said to be under the missiles’ flight path. But conservative Iranian media described the reports of missiles landing in Iran as “psychological operations by the US against Moscow.”
— how much longer before there are accidents and hostilities where none were planned, and the Middle East spirals out of control?