Monday, August 21, 2006

Emboldened Iran

Iran Test-Fires 10 Short-Range Missiles
AP

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran test-fired 10 surface-to-surface short-range missiles on Sunday, a day after it launched a series of large-scale military exercises throughout the country, state-run television reported. The Saegheh missile had a range of between 50 and 150 miles, the report said. It did not specify whether the missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, but it was not believed to be.

State-run television said the missile was built based on domestic know-how, although outside experts say much of the country's missile technology originated from other countries.


Iranian military forces alight from a helicopter during a training exercise in Zahedan, in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan, Iran, on Saturday Aug. 19, 2006. Iran on Saturday launched a series of large-scale military maneuvers aimed at introducing, what is being called, the country's new defensive doctrine, state-run television reported. (AP Photo/ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi)
Iranian military forces alight from a helicopter during a training exercise in Zahedan, in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchistan, Iran, on Saturday Aug. 19, 2006. Iran on Saturday launched a series of large-scale military maneuvers aimed at introducing, what is being called, the country's new defensive doctrine, state-run television reported. (AP Photo/ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi) (Hasan Sarbakhshian -
Iran said it launched the new military exercises Saturday to introduce a new defensive doctrine.

"We have to be prepared against any threat and we should be a role model for other countries," local newspapers quoted army spokesman Gen. Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, as saying earlier this week.

The military exercises come as Iran faces heightened international scrutiny because of its contentious nuclear program and for supporting the guerrilla group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution last month calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

Iran, which claims its nuclear program is peaceful, has rejected as "illegal" the binding resolution, saying it had not violated any of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty. But it promised to offer a formal response to a package of Western incentives on Tuesday.

Iran also has denied Israeli accusations it is arming and training Hezbollah fighters but also has declared Hezbollah victorious in its battle against the Jewish state.

The Islamic Republic is concerned about the U.S. military presence in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan. It also has expressed worry about Israeli threats to destroy its nuclear facilities.

Iran already is equipped with the Shahab-3 missile, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. An upgraded version of the ballistic missile has a range of more than 1,200 miles and can reach Israel and U.S. forces in the Middle East.

Last year, former Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said Tehran had successfully tested a solid fuel motor for the Shahab-3, a technological breakthrough for the country's military.

Iran's military test-fired a series of missiles during large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf in March and April, including a missile it claimed was not detectable by radar that can use multiple warheads to hit several targets simultaneously.

State-run TV also reported that a small military training plane had crashed on Sunday. The plane was not participating in the military maneuvers, the TV said, stating the crash was due to technical failures and the only pilot in the plane parachuted to safety.

8 Comments:

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Guess where this story ranked in the New York Times.... Page eight! LOL! Not surprising, really.

Tomorrow is the Anniversary of MTP's "night journey"... Maybe they're just prepping for the Return of the Mahdi?

I guess we'll just have to wait with baited breath until tomorrow and see....LOL!

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

sure N.Korea and I-rannnnnnn flexing their muscles and what are we doing bout it?..nada..shame on us AC!

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger benning said...

Waiting for 8/22! A party? LOL

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

Today's the day (22/08)
Well, the sun is still shining.

The problem with isolated countries like Iran is - they lose their grip on reality.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I wonder what we'll be saying tomorrow about this story. Lord, I hope this date goes by without something horrible happening!

BTW, Crusader, see a comment left by Eyes All Around to my article about Robert Spencer's interview on C-Span. CAIR has objected to the interview!

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Obob said...

do you think they are that dumb? maybe good old fashioned dresden-esque bonfire might be a good attitude adjustment for the region

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

I hear about them firing rockets or something into the Kurds in Iraq. But Reuters was reporting it, so I'm not sure if it's true or now. Wouldn't that be something.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

AOW...When doesn't CAIR object to anything Robert Spencer has to say about them?
CAIR doesn't like the truth being talked about. They have most of our leaders cowed into silence.

Debbie...Iran is fearful of a resurgent Kurdistan, it is one thing that Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iraq has been trying to stop from happening. It might be the only good thing to come from the war in Iraq

 

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