Canadian CEO slams 'narcissist in Washington' over jet downed in Iran

Clay Curtis
January 17, 2020

All 176 passengers and crew members were killed on board, including 57 Canadians.

Iraqi security officials say four members of Iraq's military have been wounded by a rocket attack targeting an air base just north of Baghdad.

The head of a Canadian food giant appeared to blame US President Donald Trump for the deaths of Canadians, including an employee's wife and child, in the downing of a jetliner in Iran.

"To the leaders of Iran - DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Videos posted online Sunday night showed protesters shouting anti-government slogans and moving through subway stations and sidewalks.

On January 3, a USA drone strike in Iraq killed high-ranking Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who Washington accused of plotting terrorist attacks.

Scores of demonstrators were shown outside another university in the capital and at gatherings in other cities. The ballistic missile attack, which caused no casualties, was a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general, in a us airstrike in Baghdad.

Iranian authorities are in possession of two flight data recorders, also known as black boxes, which Ukrainian investigators had access to on Friday.

People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump called for Iran's leaders to exercise restraint.

The latest flare-up began at the end of December when rockets fired at US bases in Iraq killed one American contractor.

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Last January, the RCMP arrested 14 protesters at a checkpoint along the road, drawing coverage from worldwide media. Supporters of the leaders cut trees along a road to a Coastal GasLink work site and build a new support camp.

Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible United States retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

In remarks Monday, his first opportunity to address Iran's admission, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang did not echo the Global Times' berating of Iran for its military "incompetence". How much information gets released will be up to Iranian officials.

"The aircraft came close to a sensitive IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] military centre at an altitude and flight condition that resembled hostile targeting", the statement said.

At the end of the session, speaker Ali Larijani asked the Majles' security and foreign policy commission to examine the air disaster and how to prevent such incidents from occurring again, ISNA said.

Trump precipitated an escalation with Iran in 2018 by pulling out of a deal under which sanctions were eased in return for Iran curbing its nuclear program. "To somehow allow Iran to play the victim card with the worldwide community is just ridiculous".

Fars news agency said police "dispersed" them as they left the university and blocked streets, causing a traffic jam. He headed Iran's efforts to support and direct allied militias in the region.

Iranian officials sought to portray the plane disaster as a second blow to a mourning nation after Soleimani's death in a US drone strike.

"We have arrested some people due to their role in the Ukrainian plane's crash, the investigation is underway to find out the accident's reason", the spokesman said.

He added that the worldwide community has been "very, very clear about needing to have a non-nuclear Iran" but also in "managing the tensions in the region that are brought about by United States actions as well".

Rouhani told Trudeau that he was committed to "working together, ending the victims, defusing tensions in the region and continuing this dialogue", said the Prime Minister of Canada.

Iran's military eventually said on Saturday that the plane was shot down near Tehran "as a hostile object due to human error at a time of heightened USA threats of war", according to Iran's semiofficial Fars News Agency.

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