Iran’s Guards knew missile to blame on same day Ukrainian airliner crashed

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A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Saturday he knew a missile had brought down a Ukrainian plane the same day it happened and accepted full responsibility, saying his force had acted in error while on alert for “all-out war.” Iran had for days denied a missile hit the Boeing 737-800 on Wednesday shortly after taking off from Tehran, sending it crashing to the ground and killing all 176 people aboard. “I wish I could die and not witness such an accident,” the head of the Guards‘ aerospace division, Amirali Hajizadeh, said on state television. The commander said the Guards had requested commercial flights be halted but he said the requests were not acted upon. He also said he had been informed about the missile strike on the Ukrainian passenger plane on Wednesday.