Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian plane; Trump, Trudeau and Iraqi-Americans react

MIDDLE EAST (KUSI) – Yesterday, Iran admitted to “unintentionally” shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet.

Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 crashed Wednesday after takeoff from Tehran’s airport, killing all 176 people onboard, one of whom was a Canadian citizen studying at Alliant International University in San Diego.

The crash came hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops.

After the plane went down, Iranian citizens were seen cleaning the sight of the crash.

Meanwhile, Iranians took to the streets to protest their government in light of events the past week, demanding Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down after the Iranian government admitted to shooting down UA flight 752.

President Trump responded to the Iran protests, but differently than normal.

The president tweeted in Persian, translating to “To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. / We are following your protests closely. / Your courage is inspiring.”

Amid the tensions between the US and Iran, many Iraqis living in the US feel as though they are caught in the middle.

Iraqis have been taking to the streets to protest influence from both Iran and the US, saying they want  country that is no longer a proxy battlefield.

A former Iraqi interpreter for the US Army says he and his family can no longer go back to Iraq, as they fear they will be targets of Iran.

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