Chinese Media: 'No Excuse' for Iran to Shoot Down Ukrainian Plane


China’s Global Times state propaganda newspaper took a hard line Sunday against the Iranian Islamic regime, asserting there was “no excuse” for Iran’s military to shoot down a commercial airliner and that the incident underscored the “incompetent personnel” running Iran’s armed forces.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization and formal wing of the Iranian military, took responsibility on Saturday for shooting down Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752 last Wednesday amid an Iranian attack on Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. Iranian military leaders claimed that defense operators mistook the civilian commercial flight for an American missile heading towards the capital; UIA-752 was flying out of Tehran’s international airport.

Iranian officials repeatedly denied claims that the military had shot the plane down before Saturday, stating in a preliminary report that the plane’s engine had spontaneously caught fire and insisting it was “obvious” a missile did not hit

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