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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 08:00 PM

Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane

Source: CBS News

Iran said Tuesday that dozens of people had been arrested over the Islamic Republic's apparently unintentional shooting down of a Ukrainian jetliner last week. The arrests come amid Iranian vows to fully and openly investigate the firing of the surface-to-air missile that downed the plane, killing all 176 people on board.

But while Iran confessed to shooting the jet down three days after the fact and under intense international pressure its president asserted Tuesday that the "root causes" of the tragedy were U.S. actions.

"It was the U.S. that caused such an incident to take place," Iran's state-controlled news agency Tasnim quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying. The Iranian regime has blamed the Trump administration for ratcheting up tensions with the controversial decision to kill senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a January 2 drone strike in Baghdad.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/iran-news-rouhani-says-us-caused-plane-strike-today-over-donald-trump-killing-qassem-soleimani-2020-01-14/

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killaphill Jan 14 OP
marble falls Jan 14 #1
karynnj Jan 14 #3
StrictlyRockers Jan 14 #2
lapfog_1 Jan 14 #4
Archae Jan 15 #5
Wash. state Desk Jet Jan 15 #6
Paladin Jan 15 #7
Devil Child Jan 15 #8
dware Jan 15 #10
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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 08:01 PM

1. I think its a fair assessment.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 08:13 PM

3. At most, they should have said shared the blame, but even then they deserve the lion's share of blam

They shot down the plane, though it very likely was an accident. However, where they also deserve blame is the terrible decision to keep the airport open.

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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 08:12 PM

2. Iran is right.

Trump scared the bejesus out of them and threatened to bomb 52 sites in Iran.

Fog of war. Stuff happens. They were frightened. They made a mistake. I blame Trump.

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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 11:51 PM

4. yes, some of the blame

but not all of it.

Sean Hannity deserves most (reported on the air before the shoot down that B-52s were on their way... I am certain that Iranians listened to that and put their anti-aircraft batteries on high alert... a number of commercial flights had departed Tehran after the ballistic missiles but before the Hannity bloviating).

The B-52s were on their way to Diego Garcia.

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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 12:29 AM

5. Typical of Iran's mullahs.

They make a huge mistake, arrest people at random, and blame the US.

Even though the US had ZILCH to do with this.

Meanwhile the big guys, (the mullahs, and military goons,) just continue on their merry way, spewing propaganda.

Trump has tons of crap we can take him to task for.
But this is not one of them.

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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 06:46 AM

7. Agreed. (nt)

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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 09:35 AM

8. Laughable attempt at shifting the blame.

Nothing the Iran government says should be believed.

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Response to Devil Child (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 11:05 AM

10. +1. nt

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Response to killaphill (Original post)

Wed Jan 15, 2020, 11:04 AM

9. Bullshit!!!!

Iran should have shut down IKA to commercial air traffic knowing that there was possibly a counterstrike from the US coming.

Iran is to blame for this tragedy, which didn't have to happen if they had stopped all air traffic.

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