Iran admits to unintentionally shooting down Ukrainian plane

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No American or coalition forces were present at Balad Air Base at time of the attack

No American or coalition forces were present at the Balad Air Base in Iraq at the time of the attack today, according to a US military official.
Eight Katyusha rockets hit the base, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, according to a statement released by the Iraqi military.
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No coalition personnel were impacted in Balad Air Base attack

The US-led coalition tells CNN that “no coalition personnel was impacted” in the Balad Air Base attack today in Iraq.
Earlier today: Eight Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Balad Air Base, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, according to a statement released by the Iraqi military. Balad Air Base hosts US troops and foreign contractors. It is located about 46 miles north of Baghdad.
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Iranian military official offers apology for Ukraine plane crash

During an open session of Iran's parliament in Tehran today, Hossein Salami, the chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), apologized for the mistake committed by the country’s defense system for shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane. 
“We did made a mistake. Some of our compatriots were martyred because of our mistake but it was unintentional," Salami said about Iran admitting it unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian plane. 
The IRGC commander added: “In my all lifetime I haven’t been as sorry as much as now. Never.”
“I wish I had been on board and burned with them," Salami said. “May God forgive us and then after than Iranian people and the family of the victims forgive us. And we for this incident, we were determined all the more to make it up."
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Iraq's Balad Air Base struck by several rockets

Eight Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Balad Air Base today, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, according to a statement released by the Iraqi military.
Balad Air Base hosts US troops and foreign contractors. It is located about 46 miles north of Baghdad.
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Iran supreme leader blames US for "turbulent situation," calls for increased cooperation in the region

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the US for the “current turbulent situation” and called for the strengthening of relations between countries in the region, in excerpts of a statement posted today.
According to excerpts posted on Khamenei’s official website following a meeting with Qatar’s leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Iran’s Supreme Leader said.
 "The reason for the current turbulent situation in our region is the corruptive presence of the US. and its cohorts. The only way to confront this is to depend on cooperation within the region," Khamenei said. 
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Adam Schiff on CBS: Esper and Pompeo are "overstating and exaggerating what the intelligence shows"

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House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff responded to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's interview, calling Esper's characterization of the classified briefing on Iran "just plain wrong," Schiff said, "On Face the Nation" this morning.
Schiff went on to say there was no discussion of their being four embassies under threat and he doesn't recall the briefers giving any specifics about a plotted attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.  
Schiff said that Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are "overstating and exaggerating what the intelligence shows," warning that is dangerous. Schiff said that other members of the "Gang of Eight" were unsatisfied with the evidence the administration presented suggesting attacks were imminent.   
Other topics discussed: The interview briefly touched on impeachment, dodging a question on whether he will be one of the House's impeachment managers, saying it is Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision and that he will play whatever role she has planned for him. Schiff also said the House is "considering" subpoenaing John Bolton, President Trump's former national security adviser, to testify. 

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