Well it’s been a busy few days. But I’m going to start with the Russian airliner that crashed over Egypt on Saturday. The flight was carrying 224 people, all of whom were killed. And there are initial suggestions that this was an MH17 style attack, only ISIS being the culprits instead of Russia/Ukraine. In theory, if we have a look at context, ISIS launching an attack on a Russian airliner would make sense. As I said in my Migration Crisis blog in which I look at the conflict in Syria, Russia is indeed targeting ISIS with its airstrikes. Admittedly, it’s also targetting many other militant groups, in turn assisting ISIS, but they won’t pay to much attention to that. But is it possible? Do ISIS have the capabilities to down an airliner? My answer: no. In the case of MH17, it’s widely thought that the Buk missile carrier was supplied by Russia. Because Russia is a global super power and can afford that sort of thing. ISIS is a terrorist group with limited resources, and in my mind, isn’t in possession of the equipment required to carry out such an attack. So if you ask me, this aircraft crashed due to aircraft failure. The geography of said crash is irrelevant in my mind. I do think it’s worth mentioning, even though it will have had no bearing on the crash, that Islamic State fighters recently captured a significant Syrian town from government forces.
And so moving on to Talk Talk. A 20 year old man from Staffordshire has been arrested and bailed in connection with the hack. In my mind, making it less likely that this was a collaborative hack. Two boys, aged 15 and 16 were arrested first. Their age difference making it possible that they had collaborated online and carried out the hack, despite living in Northern Ireland and London respectively. This latest arrest however: I see it as unlikely a 20 year old collaborated with the 2 boys, and so, from my blog’s perspective, it’s back to square one in terms of theories of how the hack was carried out.
What else has been in the news? Serious fog in the UK causing travel delays, the Turkish election and Taylor Swift being sued over lyric theft have all hit the headlines today. For more daily news updates, follow my blog and watch my news page!