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Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet


Added 01-21-20 04:03:01am EST - “Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran’s main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board.

The new preliminary report by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization however stopped short of blaming the TOR-M1 for the crash of the Boeing 737-800, flown by Ukraine International Airways.

For days after the Jan. 8 shootdown, Iran denied that it fired missiles at the plane, initially blaming a technical malfunction and engine fire for the crash.

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However, after the U.S. and Canada blamed missile fire for the crash, Iran’s armed forces said anti-aircraft fire from the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard had downed the flight.

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