Iran-US tensions likely to hamper Ukraine plane crash probe

Iran says it will not give the black box recorder of a Ukraine International Airlines jet that crashed near Tehran on Wednesday to US planemaker Boeing for analysis.
All 176 people on board died in the accident.
This comes at a fraught time for US and Iran, whose military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed by a US air attack.
The crash comes on the same day that Iran fired a series of missile attacks at two Iraqi bases where US troops were stationed, but no evidence has emerged linking the crash to recent tensions.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker reports.

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Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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