A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has said there were just 10 seconds for the antiaircraft officer to decide whether to fire when a Ukrainian passenger plane was accidentally shot down on January 8. "Unfortunately, he made a bad decision," said aerospace division head Amirali Hajizadeh at a briefing in Tehran on January 11.
Saturday 11 January 2020
Hundreds of protesters chanted anti-American slogans in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, on January 10. Many held portraits of assassinated Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone attack as he was leaving Baghdad airport on January 3. The protest follows a similar rally in Peshawar the previous Friday, as well as demonstrations in Karachi and Islamabad. A speaker called on the Pakistani government to ally itself with Iran against the United States. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the country will not be dragged into any regional conflict. The protesters ended their gathering by burning an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump, and chanting "death to America." Pakistan is a mostly Sunni nation, with a sizeable Shi'ite minority.