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Title    U.S. Air Force Shoots Down Suspected Chinese Surveillance Balloon
Date    Saturday February 04 2023, @10:48PM
Author    takyon
Topic   
from the pop! dept.
https://soylentnews.org/breakingnews/article.pl?sid=23/02/04/2247238

China balloon: US shoots down airship over Atlantic

The US has shot down a giant Chinese balloon that it says has been spying on key military sites across America.

The Department of Defense confirmed its fighter jets brought down the balloon over US territorial waters.

Three airports were shut and airspace was closed off the coast of North and South Carolina as the military carried out the operation on Saturday.

Footage on US TV networks showed the balloon falling to the sea after a small explosion.

An F-22 jet fighter engaged the high-altitude balloon with one missile - an AIM-9X Sidewinder - and it went down about six nautical miles off the US coast at 14:39 EST (19:39 GMT), a defence official told reporters.

US President Joe Biden had been under pressure to shoot the balloon down since defence officials first announced they were tracking it on Thursday.

Second balloon spotted over Latin America:

On Friday, the Pentagon said a second Chinese spy balloon had been spotted - this time over Latin America with reported sightings over Costa Rica and Venezuela.

See also:

US downs Chinese balloon, a flashpoint in US-China tensions
From China to Big Sky: The Balloon That Unnerved the White House
3 Navy Warships, FBI Now Hunting for Wreckage of Chinese Spy Balloon off South Carolina
Biden's 'Sputnik moment': Is China's spy balloon political warfare?

Links

  1. "China balloon: US shoots down airship over Atlantic" - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-64524105
  2. "US downs Chinese balloon, a flashpoint in US-China tensions" - https://apnews.com/article/politics-united-states-government-china-antony-blinken-51e49202f2a0a50541cde059934c4cfb
  3. "From China to Big Sky: The Balloon That Unnerved the White House" - https://archive.is/LipYY
  4. "3 Navy Warships, FBI Now Hunting for Wreckage of Chinese Spy Balloon off South Carolina" - https://news.usni.org/2023/02/04/3-navy-warships-fbi-now-hunting-for-wreckage-of-chinese-spy-balloon-off-south-carolina
  5. "Biden's 'Sputnik moment': Is China's spy balloon political warfare?" - https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/3842982-bidens-sputnik-moment-is-chinas-spy-balloon-political-warfare/

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