Iran blames bad communication, misaligned battery for jet shootdown

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TEHRAN, IRAN — Iranian investigators are blaming a misaligned missile battery and miscommunication between soldiers and their commanders for the Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing 176 people. The report released late Saturday by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization comes months after the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran, which authorities for days denied having hand in. The shootdown happened the same night Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting U.S. soldiers in Iraq, its response to the American drone strike that killed Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Fifty-five Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents were among those on board.