Transcript for Thousands flood Iran's streets, outraged over deadly plane crash
Overseas now, and to the protests on the streets of Iran, after that country admitted it accidentally shot down that passenger plane. Protesters turned their anger away from the U.S., back to their own government. Many now avoiding stepping on the American flag painted on the street for that purpose. The protesters turning on their government and back here at home tonight, new questions about all of this for president trump. The initial strikedown, that drone strike. Here's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz now. Reporter: Tonight, Iran in turmoil, after thousands flooded the streets, outraged over their government's admission of the shootdown of a passenger jet. Security forces cracking down, using tear gas and reportedly live ammunition against demonstrators. Some chanting for the removal of Iran's supreme leader. For three days, the Iranian government claimed the Ukrainian jet crashed because of mechanical trouble, finally admitting they had mistakenly shot it down, killing the 176 civilians, only as video and witness evidence mounted. The commercial jet struck just hours after Iran attacked two american-backed military bases in Iraq. Today, U.S. Military crews sifted through the wreckage at Al Asad airbase. The attacks, retaliation for the killing of Iran's top military general, qassem soleimani. The country initially united against America's targeted killing, demanding revenge. But tonight, a complete reversal. These crowds avoid trampling on images of the U.S. And Israeli flags painted on the street. President trump calling that "Big progress." But on the targeted killing of sol Manny, president trump's secretary of defense appearing to contradict the president that four embassies were under threat. Did they have large-scale attacks planned for other embassies and if those were planned, why can't we reveal that to the American people? Wouldn't that help your case? I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies. I didn't see one, with regard to four embassies. What I'm saying is, I share the president's view that probably -- my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. Reporter: Tonight, the president pressed on the Well, first of all I think it's been totally consistent. But here's what's been consistent. We killed soleimani, the number one terrorist in the world, by every account. And Martha Raddatz live in Washington tonight. She's just back from Iran. And Martha, your sources are telling you the U.S. Intelligence community had actually been watching qassem soleimani since last spring? Reporter: Exactly, David. And that coincided with an increased campaign of violence that soleimani was planning against the U.S. To try to counter the so-called maximum pressure campaign on Iran. So, they were tracking his movements in the event he became a target of opportunity, but killing him was ultimately a decision made by the president, David? Martha, thank you.
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