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Iran Guards commander accepts responsibility for downed plane


Protesters wearing masks of (from L) Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and US President Donald Trump perform during an anti-war demonstration in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on January 11, 2020. – The protesters called on Iran and the US to “reduce tension through diplomacy”. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

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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