Iran Admits to Mistakenly Shooting Down Passenger Plane
Iran admitted this weekend the Ukrainian passenger plane crash that killed 176 people was mistakenly shot down. Iran’s armed forces claim the plane was targeted unintentionally after it was misidentified as a cruise missile. And when the Central Air Defense Command couldn’t be reached for confirmation, an air defense operator had 10 seconds to make the decision to shoot it down or not. They attributed the crash to human error and fear from “U.S. adventurism.” President Hassan Rouhani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake. My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families.” The announcement has sparked much outrage with the Iranian people who took to the streets by the thousands to protest through angry and violent demonstrations. They have called for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down, chanting “death to the dictator”.