Iran: Sorry, We Shot Down Your Airliner

And some think Iran should be allowed to possess nuclear weapons!

ahhhhh …..Sorry about nuking Tel Aviv. Our weapons commander mistakenly thought it was a wayward camel. </sarc>

source: CBS News

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard acknowledged on Saturday it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet this week, killing all 176 aboard. The head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division said his unit accepts “full responsibility.”

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said on state TV that forces were on high alert, and that an officer mistook the plane for a hostile missile and made the “bad decision” to open fire, The Associated Press reported. He said he “wished” he “was dead” when he learned about the downing of the aircraft.

Earlier on Saturday, Iran announced its military “unintentionally” shot down the jetliner and blamed “human error.”

The jetliner crashed early Wednesday in the hours after Iran launched missile attacks on two Iraqi military bases housing American troops. The attacks were a response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani days earlier.

Iran’s president says the country “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake”

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani offered his apologies and condolences on Twitter. “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people. Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake,” he wrote. 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” he added. “My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif also tweeted his “profound regrets, apologies, and condolences” to the families of the victims.

Iran says plane was mistaken for “hostile target,” blamed “human error”

In the military statement, Iran blamed “human error” for accidentally shooting down the passenger jet.

The plane was mistaken for a “hostile target” after it turned toward a “sensitive military center” of the Revolutionary Guard, the statement added. The military was at its “highest level of readiness,” it said, amid the heightened tensions with the United States.

“In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit,” the statement said. It apologized for the disaster and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such “mistakes” in the future.

It also said those responsible for the strike on the plane would be prosecuted.

— The Associated Press

Dear Iran……

Fuck you! You Fucking Fucks!

Iran says it “unintentionally” shot down Ukrainian airplane

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