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Object Shot Down Over Alaska Identified

11 February 2023, Saturday
US officials reported on Friday afternoon that an unfamiliar object had been brought down 10 miles from the icy coast of Alaska. Although details are limited, it is the second time in a week that US fighter planes have shot down an entity - the first being a reported Chinese spy balloon off the South Carolina shoreline last Saturday. Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said that the unknown object had been destroyed at 1:45 p.m. EST, though no further details have been confirmed.

On Friday, the National Security Council reported that fighter aircraft assigned to the United States Northern Command shot down an unidentified flying object within the last hour. This occurred within U.S. territorial airspace, including over frozen territorial waters. John Kirby, the NSC's strategic communications coordinator, stated, “It came inside our territorial waters." President Biden responded inquiries about the mission's success, declaring, "It was a success."

On Thursday evening, President Biden was given a briefing concerning an unidentified object that is not self-maneuvering. According to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, this is when the Pentagon had “enough information.” When asked by reporters on Friday, Air Force General Mike Ryder said the object was about the size of a small car and “not similar in size or shape” to the Chinese surveillance balloon that was downed off the coast of South Carolina on February 4th. 

Despite the briefing, the nature and origin of the object is still unknown. Kirby stated, “We’re calling this an object because that’s the best description we have right now. We don’t know who owns it - whether it’s state-owned or corporate-owned or privately-owned, we just don’t know.” He also mentioned it is traveling north east across Alaska.

F-35 fighter aircraft were ordered to investigate the strange object that was identified on Thursday, as per a US official. It was determined that should it be decided to shoot down the Chinese surveillance balloon, there was no cause for alarm about injuries or property damage. That was why it was given the go-ahead to fly over mainland US last week.

On Thursday and Friday nights, US fighter aircraft flew by an unidentified object flying at 40,000 feet, gathering "limited" information. As it posed a "reasonable threat to civilian air traffic", the object was then shot down by US military personnel.

In a media briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated that officials do not know the origin of the object, which did not appear to be manned. Army Gen. Glen D. Ryder added that it was shot down as it posed a potential danger to civilian air traffic. 

Kirby noted that the first fly-by took place Thursday night, and a second happened Friday morning. During both fly-bys, the aircraft were able to gain "limited" information about the object.

An F-22 fighter jet from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, armed with an AIM-9X, was used to bring down an unidentified object in the area of the Canadian border and northeastern Alaska. The mission was carried out during daylight hours to make it easier for the pilot to spot the object. US Northern Command, the Alaska National Guard, HC-130 Hercules, HH-60 Pave Hawk, and CH-47 Chinook are all taking part in the operation to recover the subject. This was confirmed by Ryder, who explained that aerial support was provided by the Alaska Air National Guard.

Officials have indicated nothing as yet that suggests the object has any connection to the Chinese surveillance balloon downed last weekend, scraps of which still being retrieved from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Ryder revealed on Friday that the recovery teams have "mapped the debris field" and are "in the process of searching for and pinpointing debris on the seabed".

In a briefing on Friday, US Space Command Chief General James W. Ryder stated that American intelligence has located a substantial amount of debris related to a surveillance-equipped Chinese balloon that was intercepted in Alaska. He declined to provide details due to classification reasons. 

When asked if the balloon incident provided insight into the detection of the unknown object shot down near Alaska, Ryder noted that the two scenarios were incomparable, as the latter did not seem to be equipped with surveillance equipment. 

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