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Iran admits it shot down plane

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/11/20, 10:22 am

An Iranian officer mistook a Ukrainian jetliner for an incoming cruise missile and decided to fire on it, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh of the Revolutionary Guard said Saturday. In a broadcast on state TV, the general accepted full responsibility for the plane crash outside Tehran on Wednesday hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on U.S. positions in Iraq. All 176 people on board were killed.

Is Iran really sorry? Hajizadeh said when he heard about the tragedy, “I wished I was dead.” Supreme leader Ali Khamenei expressed his “deep sympathy” for the families of the victims and called on the armed forces to “pursue probable shortcomings and guilt in the painful incident.” But President Hassan Rouhani blamed the downing of the plane in part on “threats and bullying” by the United States. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the perpetrators should be brought to justice and Iran should compensate victims’ families.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report for WORLD Magazine about the threats to Christians in Iraq amid the U.S.-Iran conflict.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Sat, 01/11/2020 03:57 pm

    1 Iranian general and his small entourage killed by the US.

    At least 50 killed and 200 injured at the funeral of the general in Iran.

    Now we learn Iranians killed 176 more people on a single civilian flight , mistaking it for a cruise missile.

    Except for the targeted killing, this turn of events has been both extremely tragic and remarkable.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 01/13/2020 04:48 pm

    “President Hassan Rouhani blamed the downing of the plane in part on “threats and bullying” by the United States.”

    I believe there are some here in the US that agree with Rouhani: the usual crowd that always says the US is at fault, plus the crowd that says the current administration is at fault. Always vocal, but fortunately a minority.