Iran’s government is bracing for heightened domestic and international fallout after admitting on Saturday it accidently shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people onboard. The admission by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard came days after the January 8 tragedy, raising questions as to why the government had dismissed Western accusations the doomed airliner had been targeted shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Iman Khomenei International Airport. It also raises questions why Iran did not shut down the airport and airspace on Wednesday, when it was bracing for the US to retaliate for a ballistic missile attack on an Iraqi base housing American troops. General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace force, said Saturday that the Ukrainian International Airlines plane was mistaken for a US cruise missile at a time the country’s air defenses were on high alert. Taking full responsibility for the “human error,” he said that he had notified the armed forces on Wednesday immediately after he became aware the Boeing 737 was shot down, but that the military needed time to conduct an investigation. Read more: Germany, world leaders react after Iran admits downing plane by ‘mistake’ “The delay in releasing information was not aimed at… Read full this story
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