January 4, 2021 | The Hill

On anniversary of downed Flight 752, it’s time to hold Iran accountable


In the early morning of Jan. 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, following its flight route at the planned altitude and trajectory, departed Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. Minutes later, an operator with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired two surface-to-air missiles at the civilian aircraft, engulfing it in flames and downing it from the skies.

All 176 passengers and crew from six countries were killed — the lion’s share citizens, permanent residents, or others with ties to Canada. The dead included students on their way to college, newlyweds beginning their lives together, and even children under the age of 10. Over the last year, the families of the victims have faced intimidationharassment, and threats from Tehran and its agents.

This week, on the first anniversary of this attack, the United States, Canada, Ukraine, and all countries concerned about Iran’s malign activities should act to hold Tehran accountable and to secure truth and justice for the families of the victims. Failure to do so risks sending a message to Iran that there are no consequences for its behavior.

Toby Dershowitz is senior vice president for government relations and strategy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), where Alireza Nader is a senior fellow and where Dylan Gresik is a government relations analyst. Follow them on Twitter @tobydersh@AlirezaNader, and @DylanGresik. FDD is a non-partisan think tank focused on national security and foreign policy.

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