And America 32 years ago knocked down an Iranian passenger plane with 290 people

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And America 32 years ago knocked down an Iranian passenger plane with 290 people

TWO days before Iran accidentally downed its own passenger plane and killed 176 people, Iranian President Hasan Ruhani posted a cryptic message on Twitter. Although he did not tag or name him, Rouhani's message was in response to US President Donald Trump.

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Trump also reported on Twitter that the United States has chosen 52 targets to attack if Iran launches an attack from retaliation to liquidate their general and the Kuds of Iran's Revolutionary Guard commander, Kasim Suleimani. The 52 targets were selected, Trump explained, to “represent the 52 US hostages that Iran abducted many years ago.” Ruhani replied, “Those who refer to number 52 should also remember the number 290. # IR655 Never threaten the Iranian nation.”

290 – The number of passengers on a plane that Americans have accidentally knocked down

Namely, 290 is the number of passengers killed in the collapse of another passenger plane almost 32 years ago. That plane was shot down by US forces. And not to be confused about that, the flight number of that plane was IR655, the same one that Ruhani added as a hashtag in his tweet.

Those who refer to the number 52 should also remember the number 290. # IR655
Never threaten the Iranian nation.

– Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 6, 2020

The parallels between the two tragic cases are numerous and a bit creepy: the Iranian passenger plane was shot down on July 3, 1988 by mistake, as it flew across the Persian Gulf from Iran to Dubai.

The commander of the USS Vincennes warship has mistaken this Airbus A300 for a military aircraft flying towards it.

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“Tanker War” in the Persian Gulf

Iran and America were also on the brink of war. The Iran-Iraq war was still ongoing, and one of its fronts was the so-called so-called “Iraqi” war. “tanker war.” Iran has blocked Iraqi naval traffic through the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, rocketting Iraqi tankers and cargo ships to stop the supply of Iraqi forces, thus overpowering the enemy. Iraqi forces in turn began attacking Iranian tankers.

CNN reports that the US Navy has become involved in protecting maritime traffic through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

On May 17, 1987, an Iraqi F-1 Mirage aircraft replaced the USS Stark frigate for an Iranian tanker and struck it with two anti-ship missiles, despite radio warnings from Americans. The ship was not sunk, but one missile hit the crew rooms and killed 37 U.S. sailors.

Then, on April 14, 1988, an Iranian anti-ship mine hit the USS Samuel B. Roberts frigate and nearly halved it. Four days later, US warships in turn destroyed an Iranian oil rig, sinking an Iranian missile boat that fired a deadly Harpoon anti-ship rocket at them, which could have sunk a U.S. ship to hit it.

The aircraft took off from the airport where military aircraft were located

On July 3, 1988, an Iranian passenger plane took off from a joint military-civilian airport in Bandar Abbas. Iranian air forces transferred some of their F-14 fighter jets to the airport from the time when Iranian Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi and the US were allies before it was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

According to Americans, these planes were equipped with 16-kilometer-long Maverick rockets. One of these Iranian F-14 fighter jets was warned the day before because he was getting too close to a U.S. ship.

On the morning of July 3, a USS Vincennes-guided missile cruiser and USS Montgomery guided missile entered an armed clash with Iranian missile boats threatening a Pakistani Gulf tanker.

An Iranian plane did not respond to a U.S. ship alert because it did not even hear it

The incident continued when the Iran Air plane took off on flight 655, with a half hour delay, from Bandar Abbas. IR 655 presented itself as a civilian flight to air control, but the Iranian pilot was not alerted to the conflict in the area over which he was flying. He also transponder transmitted IFF signals specific to civilian rather than military aircraft. U.S. warships sent a warning to an Iranian plane, but its crew did not monitor the channel on which the alert was sent because it did not expect danger.

USS Vincennes captain William Rogers III received from subordinates misinformation that an unknown non-answering aircraft could be an Iranian F-14. He had less than five minutes to decide what to do because, in the case of the Maverick F-14 armed with missiles, would come close enough to attack.

Six Yugoslavs were killed in the demolition

After the attack on the USS Stark, the orders were tightened to protect the Americans. Captain Rogers decided he could not take the risk and issued an order for firing.

An Iran Air plane was hit by anti-aircraft missiles seven minutes after it took off. It crashed into the sea. All 290 passengers and crew were killed, of which 238 were Iranians, 13 Emirates nationals, 10 Indians, 6 Pakistanis, 1 Italian and 6 – Yugoslavs.

The US military acknowledged responsibility and called this a “tragic and regrettable accident”. Iran sued the US government before the International Court of Justice in 1989. In 1996, they agreed: The US, although it did not accept legal responsibility and did not officially apologize to Iran, “recognized the aerial incident on July 3, 1988 as a horrific human tragedy and expressed its deep regret for the loss of life “and agreed to pay $ 61.8 million to the victims' families.

The Russians also shot down a plane from the Netherlands in 2014, but still deny it all

Today, almost 32 years later, the Iranian regime has admitted that its military misplaced Ukraine International Airlines aircraft on flight 752.

Dubiosis and alternative theories surrounding this accident that have been born in recent days have now been broken by the recognition of Iran. Unlike, for example, Russia, which continues to blatantly deny responsibility for crashing Malaysia Airlines (MH17) aircraft in 2014, though it was established in 2016 by an international investigation led by the Netherlands, the country from which the plane took off and where the largest number of casualties originate , as many as 193 of them 298.

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The Netherlands has also indicted the leader of Russian separatists from eastern Ukraine, Igor Girkin, known as Igor Strelkov and three others. In this case, too, the passenger plane was destroyed by mistake because it was replaced by a Russian military aircraft by Russian separatists, who were actively involved in the war in Ukraine, supplied by the Buk anti-aircraft system.

Iran's responsibility in this case is unquestioned, compounded by the incredible recklessness of the authorities that allowed normal civilian air traffic the morning after, for the first time in history, the military bases of the world's largest military force were rocketed from retaliation for liquidation of General Kasim Suleimani. But the 1988 accident is a reminder that this has happened to other countries: Russia, but also America.

And America 32 years ago knocked down an Iranian passenger plane with 290 people

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