MENA File: Iran’s fundamentalist Islamic regime faces second day of protests after military admits it mistakenly shot down Ukrainian Int’l Airlines Flight 752 on Jan. 8, killing 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and others; LA Times reports hundreds (but in reality probably thousands) of protesters converge on Azadi Square in downtown Tehran on Jan. 12, block roads as authorities dispatch riot police, demos spread to other cities, inc. Shiraz, Ahwaz and Babol; regime opponents condemn country’s top officials for disaster, inc. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “Our shame, our shame, our stupid supreme leader,” “Death to the dictator!” “We don’t want an Islamic Republic!”; Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of air defense unit responsible for firing Tor missile at airliner, offers contrite apology, but refuses to resign; videos on social media purport to show pro-regime gunmen shooting civilians, blood visible on sidewalk, protesters tearing down and burning posters of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, killed by US drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3; President Trump tweets solidarity (in Persian) with Iran’s aggrieved civilians: “To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching”

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Toppling the Islamo-fascist regime in Tehran would eliminate one of Russia’s key allies in the region.


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