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Iran admits to 'unintentionally' shooting down Ukrainian plane, says it mistook aircraft for hostile target
By Dom Calicchio, Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News

Iran officials acknowledged Saturday that they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard.

Gen Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, told state TV that his unit accepts “full responsibility” for shooting the down aircraft minutes after it took off Wednesday from Tehran’s international airport. He said that when he learned about the downing of the plane, “I wished I was dead.”


The aircraft, which was heading to Kiev, was shot down hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq. Those attacks were in retaliation for the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad.

No one was wounded in the attack on the bases.

Days later, U.S. military officials said they believed Iran had mistakenly shot down the plane using a surface-to-air missile. This conclusion was supported by videos that purportedly show a fast-moving light through the trees before a high fireball illuminates the landscape.

Someone off-camera says in Farsi: “The plane has caught fire… In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful. God, help us. Call the fire department!”

Hajizadeh told Iranian state media that Tehran had beefed up their air defenses and was at the “highest level of readiness,” fearing any U.S. retaliation to the missile attacks on its troops.

He said the pilot and crew of the passenger plane had done nothing wrong and that the armed forces alone were responsible. An officer made the “bad decision” to open fire on the plane after mistaking it for a cruise missile, he added.


“A sad day,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster. Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”


Javad Zarif

@JZarif
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:

Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster

Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.
💔

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani also tweeted about "human error" causing the "horrific crash," calling it a "great tragedy & unforgivable mistake."

He also wrote, "The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake," but made no mention of the U.S. in either message.


Hassan Rouhani

@HassanRouhani
The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.

My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences. https://twitter.com/HassanRouhani/status/1215856039997984768

Hassan Rouhani

@HassanRouhani
Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.
Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake. #PS752

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Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed his “deep sympathy” to the families of the victims and called on the armed forces to "pursue probable shortcomings and guilt in the painful incident.”

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued a statement saying the crash investigation should continue and the “perpetrators” should be brought to justice. He said Iran should compensate victims' families, and he requested “official apologies through diplomatic channels.”



The plane, which was bound for Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, had 167 passengers and nine crew members aboard. Those killed included 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, officials said.

Among the dead were a California doctoral student, who was an Iranian immigrant to Canada, as well as her sister and mother, who were residents of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada, reports said.

On Friday, Canada's foreign minister had announced the launch of an international effort to press Iran for a thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.

Iran's acknowledgment of responsibility was likely to renew questions of why authorities did not shut down the country's main international airport and its airspace after the ballistic missile attack when they feared U.S. reprisals.

It also undermines the credibility of information provided by senior Iranian officials. As recently as Friday, Ali Abedzadeh, the head of the national aviation department, had told reporters “with certainty” that a missile had not caused the crash.

The United States has promised it would take "appropriate action" following its determination that the aircraft was downed by an Iranian missile.
 

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Hajizadeh told Iranian state media that Tehran had beefed up their air defenses and was at the “highest level of readiness,” fearing any U.S. retaliation to the missile attacks on its troops.


So Iran, put the blame on America for your ignorance. That aircraft had a takeoff beacon with the tower as a civilian airliner.
Your excuse and finger pointing is no consolation to the families of the dead.
 

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Hostile aircraft aren't usually taking off from your own runway!

Makes you wonder just who was on that plane??
 

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Well they had to show their people that they hit something ...
 

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Fear many times, causes over compensation.
 

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Hajizadeh told Iranian state media that Tehran had beefed up their air defenses and was at the “highest level of readiness,” fearing any U.S. retaliation to the missile attacks on its troops.
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Another admission that they intended to kill,
not purposely miss, with those ballistic missiles!
 

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The Iranians probably think it was ok to down the plane full of infidels.

Edit, I take it back. Looks like the citizens care a lot. Many Iranians on board.
 

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Like I said elsewhere, stuff happens in war. I am sure the shoot down was unintentional, I'm sure there will be **** to pay for the shooter, and I'm sure there will be payments to the family too. I can't really come down too hard on Iran over this, Russia and the US have done it as well, at least once, possibly more.
 

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If Iran had not been a "sh!t stirring, trouble making heathen pit" since the early 1970s, this would not have happened, because they wouldn't be in the position their in now, in the first place.

I hold them personally responsible for the shootdown, and a myriad of other killings since the 1970s.

BUT! The mighty meddling United States, should have stayed out of that middle east viper pit to begin with.

The United States government has played "king maker" since WWII, and it always fails.

Isn't that the definition of insanity?
 

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JANUARY 11TH, 2020
‘DEATH TO LIARS!’: Iranians Turn On Ayatollah, Demand Resignation Over Shot Down Plane
By Ryan Saavedra
DailyWire.com


i posted this just now.
 

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This story is going ballistic internationally.
I thought it was a Babylonbee link so ignored it. Doesn't surprise me though, there were already protests against the government, which Soleimani quashed very harshly, killing many, so there are many happy to see him go.
 

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I should think that any Iranians who want to change their government will get a visit from Savak (or its 2020 incarnation) and never be seen again...
 

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or :tango_face_devil::tango_face_devil:
Can't see that in the title when you use the "Active Topics" link. So you have to guess which links are fake, some of the titles could go either way, so it's a crapshoot.
 

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Omega, you never told me you were an 04.
Retired in 04 if that's what you mean, out of the 160th SOAR out of Ft Campbell. Still work there as a contractor, great bunch of guys I'm proud to support.
 
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