The involvement of foreign entities in the search for the unidentified object shot down over the Yukon on Feb. 11 appears to be more extensive than initially thought, according to information provided by the RCMP on Feb. 14. Cpl. Kim Chamberland said that the RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the FBI, and “international partners” are all involved in the investigation. In addition, the RCMP has deployed personnel with expertise in explosives, biological and radiological hazards as a precaution. The Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU), based in Trenton, Ontario, is likely involved, though the Department of National Defence (DND) has not commented due to the classified nature of the unit’s work. It is also possible that specialized units from the U.S. military are involved, though respective media departments have not commented on this. The search area spans 3,000 square kilometres, from Dawson City to Mayo, and due to the rugged terrain and snowpack, it is possible that the wreckage won’t be recovered. The events follow the U.S. shootdown of a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4. The North American Aerospace Defense Command has not qualified the three unidentified objects as balloons, but said it’s unable to define how they stay aloft. The Biden administration has said that the objects are possibly commercial in nature and not tied to spying efforts.
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