Najmeh Arshad, whose father was killed on Iran Air flight 655, scatters flowers into the sea during a memorial ceremony.
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Mourners tossed flowers from a helicopter and a ferry into the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Iran Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Navy shooting down an Iranian commercial airline, which killed 290 people. The July 3, 1988, downing of Iran Air flight 655 by the U.S. Navy remains one of the moments the Iranian government points to in its decadeslong distrust of America. Today, as Iran grapples with America pulling out of the nuclear deal with world powers, officials linked their current woes to the 1988 disaster, insisting again that the U.S. cannot be trusted.The attack on the flight followed what the U.S. Navy refers to as Operation Praying Mantis, a daylong naval battle in the Arabian Gulf between American forces and Iran during the country's long 1980s war with Iraq.The U.S. says the Navy made 11 radio warning calls on different frequencies before the Vincennes fired two missiles at the airplane, bringing it down and killing all aboard.Iran ultimately would sue the U.S., reaching a $131.8 million settlement.The U.S. later would give USS Vincennes Capt.
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