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What's going on up there? Theories but no answers in shootdowns of mystery craft

By Julian E. Barnes, Helene Cooper and Edward Wong

13 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

After the recent transit of a Chinese spy balloon, the U.S. military has shot down three unidentified flying objects over North America. The New York Times has the details.

WASHINGTON — If the truth is out there, it certainly is not apparent yet.

Pentagon and intelligence officials are trying to make sense of three unidentified flying objects over Alaska, Canada and Michigan that U.S. fighter jets shot down with missiles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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