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Tue 16 Apr 2024 12:41 pm - Jerusalem Time

The United States, not Israel, shot down most of the Iranian drones and missiles

The United States shot down most of the drones and missiles, and many more, than Israel shot down Saturday night during the Iranian attack, The Intercept reported on Tuesday.


According to the site, more than half of the Iranian drones and missiles were destroyed by American aircraft and missiles before they reached Israel, in fact, by leading a multinational air defense operation and American fighter aircraft, which appeared as a military victory for the United States.


It is noteworthy that the extent of American military intervention is still unknown to the American people, but the Pentagon coordinated a multinational defense at the region level extending from northern Iraq to the southern Arabian Gulf on Saturday.


During the operation, the United States, Britain, France, and Jordan shot down the majority of Iranian drones and missiles. In fact, the location from which the American planes took off has never been officially announced, an omission repeated by the mainstream media.


In addition, Saudi Arabia's role is unclear, both as a base for the United States and in relation to any actions taken by Saudi military forces, which have announced their non-participation in the operation.


American military sources claim that the initial estimate is that half of the Iranian drones and missiles have suffered technical malfunctions of one way or another.


Intelligence estimates indicate that half of the projectiles launched by Iran failed when launched or during flight due to technical problems.


Israel claims that Iran has launched more than 330 drones, low-flying cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles, including about 30 Paveh cruise missiles, 180 Shahed drones, and 120 Emad medium-range ballistic missiles, in addition to... Other missiles. Israel claims that all drones and cruise missiles were launched from Iranian territory. Some additional missiles were also launched from inside Yemen, according to Israeli army data.


Most media reports say that none of the cruise missiles or drones ever entered Israeli airspace. According to a statement by Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Admiral Daniel Hagari, about 25 cruise missiles were intercepted by Israeli Air Force fighter jets outside the country's borders, most likely over Jordanian territory.


Experts believe that Israel's statement that it shot down the majority of Iranian "cruise missiles" is not true. According to US military sources and initial reports, US aircraft and allied forces shot down the majority of the drones and cruise missiles. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft intercepted "a number" of Iranian weapons over Iraqi and Syrian airspace.


The Jordanian government also hinted that its planes shot down some Iranian missiles. A spokesman for the Jordanian Armed Forces said: “We will intercept any drone or missile that violates Jordanian airspace to ward off any danger.” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al-Safadi said during an interview on Al-Mamlaka News Channel, “Anything that poses a threat to Jordan and the security of Jordanians, we will confront it with all our capabilities.”


French fighters also shot down some drones and possibly cruise missiles.


But American aircraft shot down "more than" 80 Iranian drones, according to American military sources. President Joe Biden spoke with members of two F-15E Strike Eagle squadrons “to commend them for their exceptional flying skills and skill in defending Israel from an unprecedented air attack by Iran.” Two F-15 squadrons are deployed - the 494th Fighter Squadron based in Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, the 335th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina and at least half of the aircraft from Muwafaq Salti Air Base in Jordan.


Two US warships stationed in the Mediterranean – USS Carney (DDG 64) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) – shot down at least six ballistic missiles, the Pentagon said. The war zone reported that those ships may have fired Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) interceptors in combat for the first time. A US Army Patriot surface-to-air missile battery in Erbil, Iraq, also shot down at least one ballistic missile. Debris of an Iranian missile was also found outside Erbil, as well as in an open area outside Najaf Governorate.


The Iranian attack marks the first time since 1991 that the State of Israel has directly attacked. By competing over extremely long distances and using dozens of decoys and swarm tactics to try to overcome air defenses in the Middle East, Iran was able to strike two military targets on the ground in Israel, including the Nevatim air base. According to the Israeli army, five missiles hit the Nevatim air base and four others hit another base. Although the number of successfully dropped munitions has been low, the dramatic spectacle of hundreds of missiles shooting across the night skies in Syria, Iraq and Iran has left Tehran content with a show of force.


Iranian Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri said over the weekend that Iran “achieved all its goals, and in our view the operation has ended, and we do not intend to continue,” warning that “if the Zionist regime or its supporters show reckless behavior, they will receive a decisive and much stronger response.”


The overall operation was coordinated by the United States from the Joint Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, where the commanding general was Lt. Our tactical control or in a direct support role across the joint force and the coalition, and we bring it together so that we can synchronize fires and impacts when we get into that air," Greenkewich told Air Forces and Space magazine after the Iranian attack Concern about threats to stability in the region - which stem primarily from Iran, which has a large number of missiles.

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