Iran admits to “unintentionally” shooting down passenger plane

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Iran admits to “unintentionally” shooting down passenger plane 4.5
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In an address on state TV, a Revolutionary Guard General said they'd mistaken the aircraft for a hostile target in the wake of America's assassination of Iran's top military leader. The Ukrainian President demanded the perpetrators be brought to justice. President Rouhani said Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake - as protests broke out on the streets of Tehran.

And there are some distressing images in this report from our International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum.

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You shot down a pax jet with your people on by mistake but want a nuclear weapon so you could blow up the world by mistake?

Author — Dunzy

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Just a mistake, yep, we all make them, but not like that

Author — Stephen Peel

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WHAT IF IT WAS A NUCLEAR MISSILE THEY MISTAKENLY FIRED?Then a whole nation would have paid a price..

Author — Jon kevin Fanlo

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Stupid mistake, how is the plane take off form your airport and you even track it. this is just stupid.

Author — skilled person

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Again innocent civilians die for leaders starting a war

Author — Ersoy Koch

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It's the initial lie that really makes them look bad on this one. All that talk about engine malfunctions while bulldozing the plane wreckage was clearly an urge towards a cover-up attempt.

Author — puirYorick

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My deepest condolences to the families of all of those who perished in the tragic plane shooting in Iran. To my fellow Canadian brothers and sisters, know that our entire nation mourns with you. May God comfort you each may your loved ones rest in heavenly peace. 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯🕯

Author — Cpmf Feilberg

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OK so shooting down the plane was a mistake. So whose decision was it to lie about the event? Who decided rather than admitting a mistake they'd turn the crash site into a parking lot and steal the flight recorder. All this proves is incompetence at every level in the Iranian Army and Government.

Author — Cock Monkey

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I knew that Iran did it the moment i heard they cleaned the whole scene within hours after crashing without further investigation.

Author — Aruka Kirigiri

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Now Russia needs to come clean about shooting down MH17 in 2014

Author — Hour Bee

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Mainsteam media catches up with what the entire Internet has known for several days now :-) fair play.

Author — Fustard ButtBurger

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So they are going to blame, the lowest man in the ranks, typical but that still don't let them off of the hook, there is a chain of command in any Military so it was an officer, who gave the order to fire, so everyone involved should be court-martial

Author — kwolf43

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Iran are a joke! We all knew what really happened anyway. Iran, it was a mistake but you still blamed the US! What kind of apology is that? Shame on your leaders!

Author — Michele Johnson

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Sad to say, life is meaningless for these power hungry leaders.

Author — Joy Unday

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Since when does a passenger plane look like a bomber plane

Author — Link The Fox

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Who wouldn’t give these geniuses nuclear weapons? I mean...

Author — E B

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mistake ????. .. . over Iranians airspace 😈. .. . left Tehran airport👍. .. . oh yeah we really thought the airplane came from America 👹 .... what a joke.

Author — frank world

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this is terrible, bunch of amateurs, heads must and will roll

Author — David

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As Steve Urkel said it best: "Oops, did I do that"?

Author — Mai Mariarti

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The question is: How did several airplanes managed to take off before the Ukranian Airliners with no problems, even flying along the takeoff route? Why this airplane?

Author — Kajun Shaman