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Iran Says It Unintentionally Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner – The New York Times, The New York Times

Iran Says It Unintentionally Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner – The New York Times, The New York Times


“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” President Hassan Rouhani said, as Iran reversed its claims that mechanical failure was to blame.

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Collecting bodies after the crash on Wednesday in Tehran. (******************************** (Credit …
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Iranian military announced early Saturday that it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet , blaming human error because of what it called the plane’s sharp, unexpected turn toward a sensitive military base.

  • After days of tension since the jet crashed near Tehran on Wednesday, the same day that Iranian missiles struck american bases in iraq, the admission was a stunning reversal. Iran initially maintained that mechanical issues had brought the Boeing airliner down, killing all people aboard.“The Islamic Republic of Irandeeply regrets this disastrous mistake,President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter soon after the military released its statement. He offered condolences to the victims ’families and said investigations were underway. The military said the person responsible would face legal consequences.International pressure had been building on Iran to take responsibility. American and allied intelligence assessmentshad already arrived
    that Iranian missiles brought down the plane, Ukraine International Airlines Flight
  • “The little credibility that the Islamic Republic had among its supporters suffered a major blow tonight, ”said Rouzbeh MirEmbrahim, an independent Iran analyst in New York and a consultant with the United Nations. “This tragedy undermines the image Iran has cultivated as a military power and weakened it significantly both regionally and internationally.”

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