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AP Publishes Incredibly Misleading Article About Ukrainian Plane Crash

The Associated Press published an extremely misleading article about the Ukrainian plane crash Thursday in writing that the latest escalation between America and Iran started when the U.S. took out Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani.

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"'This is insane. Sickening. Imagine having a family member on that plane.' What began with a drone attack on a top Iranian general rippled outward until dozens of Iranian-Canadians, and dozens of Iranian students studying in Canada, were dead," AP tweeted.

First of all, no matter how much the Left insists the U.S. started the conflict with Iran doesn’t make it true. 

Soleimani’s Quds Force is responsible for the deaths of roughly 600 U.S. servicemembers, not to mention the maiming of an untold number of others. He’s caused “mayhem” against the Syrians, Lebanese, and his own people in Iran, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said earlier this week. 

“He was a legitimate target and his time was due," Esper noted, explaining that in the months leading up to his death he had “planned, orchestrated and/or resourced attacks against the United States” and was in the process of planning more military operations.

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President Trump explained Thursday that one of those operations was a bomb plot against the U.S. embassy in Iraq.

Secondly, it was the Iranians who shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet with a Russian anti-aircraft missile Tuesday night, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board, and the U.S. is not responsible for that. Earlier that evening it was Iran that was launching dozens of ballistic missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq. 

Twitter users rightly excoriated the wire service for their misleading claim. 

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