IRGC: US Terrorist Adventurism Led to Ukrainian Plane Incident
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement on the occasion of the anniversary of the Ukrainian plane downing said that the bitter tragedy took place in the wake of the US terrorist activities in the region.
Commemorating the ones that lost their lives in the incident, the IRGC statement said that a year has passed since the US terrorist attack on Iran's anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the subsequent reaction by the IRGC to hit Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq, and the incident of the Ukrainian airliner, but the great sorrow of losing our beloved children is fresh in our hearts.
After the US heightened the tensions in Western Asia by assassinating Iran's Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020, and Iran's IRGC responded to them by hitting the US Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq, a Ukrainian Boeing 737 was accidentally shot down by an Iranian rocket near Tehran on January 8, 2020.
The statement said that the IRGC has been self-sacrificing in the fight with the arrogant and defending Iran's security and national interests in the past four decades.
The tragedy that happened in the wake of the US' inhumane terror attack once again showed the wicked nature and grudge of the world arrogance against the people and government of Iran.
The IRGC statement stressed that hard revenge will be on its agenda.
The Iranian government said on Wednesday that it has allocated 150,000 dollars to each of the victims of the Ukrainian plane that crashed on the outskirts of Tehran on January 8, 2020.
“The government will pay the allocated sum to the victims' families once it is provided based on the reports,” Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneidi said on Wednesday said, adding that the Ministry of Road and Urban Development is charged with paying compensation money to their families in cooperation with other national sectors.
She stressed that Iran will pay the money to the families of the victims regardless of their nationalities in compliance with international norms.
A Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane was accidentally shot down by an Iranian rocket near Tehran on January 8, 2020.
It happened after the US terrorist attack against motorcade of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, late anti-terror Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods forces and his companions near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.
Iran reciprocated the US terrorist operation by hitting the US Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq.
Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh admitted that human error the incident.
In relevant remarks, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization announced on Wednesday that the draft copy of the final report on the Ukrainian plane crash has been prepared for the parties involved in the case.
ICAO said that all the relevant parties have been informed of the draft copy of the final report, adding that those who receive the report will have two months to present their views to ICAO and then the final report will be released.
The meeting to address Ukrainian plane crash was held virtually on December 21.
Members from US as manufacturer of the plane, Ukraine as its user, France as the provider of technical support and experts from Canada, Sweden, UK and Germany attended the event.
"The second round of talks between Iran and Ukraine on plane crash was constructive,” Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine Manouchehr Moradi wrote on his Twitter account.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8 and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.
Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.
The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.
Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.
Meantime, Iran announced in late June that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials of the US and other countries who have been involved in the assassination of the martyred General Soleimani.
"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol," Alqasi Mehr said at the time.
He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that US President Donald Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.