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Iran Guards commander accepts responsibility for downed plane

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The aerospace commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Saturday accepted full responsibility for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed all 176 people on board.

“I take full responsibility and I will obey whatever decision is taken,” Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said in remarks broadcast on state television.

“I would prefer to die rather than witness such an incident.”


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