The second half of 1988 witnessed the destruction in flight of two civilian airliners. On July 3, Iran Airbus 655 was shot down by a US Navy ship over the Persian Gulf. On Dec. 21, Pan Am 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
According to the official version of history, the downing of the Iranian jetliner was a tragic mistake while the obliteration of Pan Am 103 was an act of terrorism blamed on two Libyan agents.
Over the last two decades, there have been persistent allegations that Tehran had ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 in revenge for the shot down of their Airliner by the USS Vincennes.
To mark the 20th anniversary of these two tragedies, Dr Ludwig De Braeckeleer is running a series of articles that document the intelligence and evidence collected about these two events.