On Monday, January 10, 2020, a Ukranian airliner crashed down in the capital of Iran, Tehran in the early morning hours. The crash resulted in the loss of all 176 people that were on board the airplane. The 176 people on board consisted of 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukranians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans, and 3 British nationals. Although the plane crashed, many had speculated Iran had shot down the airliner. After the British and Canadian governments all came out with statements on the event, Iran had publicly announced they did in fact shoot the plane.
Iran has been on high alert since the previous week, when the U.S. killed Iran’s top military leader, Qasem Soleimani. Iran responded to this attack by retaliating on two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. Iran made claims that they would not attack, as long as they would not face any more threats or attacks themselves.
There is much uncertainty with where all this tension will lead to. Iran can either go to war with the U.S. and their allies, or they somehow find a way to reduce their conflict to where it doesn’t lead to a full scale war. On the Iranian homefront, the Iranian people have protested their own government for not revealing the true nature of how all 176 people on-board the Ukranian plane were killed. As a result of the protest, at least 1,500 citizens have been killed during the protests.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos