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Top 10 ways US tries to subvert Iran

Iran isn't the only one misbehaving. Here's a look at how the US tries to bring down Iran.

2) US shoots down a civilian jetliner in Iran

An Iranian airliner which caught fire on landing at the Hasheminejad airport in Mashhad on Sept. 1, 2006. (AFP/Getty Images)

In one of the worst aviation disasters in history, the USS Vincennes entered Iranian waters in 1988 and shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing all 290 people on board. Although the United States has never accepted responsibility for the attack — it contends it identified the plane as an attacking F-14 Tomcat — it agreed in 1996 to pay a settlement of $61.8 million to the families of those killed in the incident. 

Adding insult to injury, the United States later leveled economic sanctions on Iran that prevented the country from purchasing replacement airplane parts for its aging commercial fleet. The United States says that some of these parts could be used for military aircraft. More than 1,000 people have died in at least 20 crashes in recent years because the planes, by most standards, were unfit to fly.

A bill now before Congress would prohibit the president from allowing exemptions to the sanctions to allow the shipment of airplane parts. “This is only one of the objectionable clauses in this bill,” said Bill Beeman, a long time Iran analyst and professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota.