Thursday, July 10, 2008

Iran missile tests concern US & Israel

Iran has launched a number of medium and long range missiles creating concern in the US and Israel. Yesterday several missiles were launched and there were further test launches on Wednesday evening. The tests included the first night test of the Shahab-3 missile, said to have a range of 2,000km, along with shore-to-sea, surface-to-surface and sea-to-air missiles, state media reported.

Today pictures emerged showing military exercises in the Gulf increasing worries in Washington. Even before the tests the US Secretary of State had aired her concerns. “We are working with all our allies to make sure they can defend themselves” Condoleezza Rice said. The test come after several reports that suggest that both Israel and the US are preparing for military strikes against Iran. Gen Hoseyn Salami, the Guards' air force commander, said the tests demonstrated Iran's "resolve and might against enemies who in recent weeks have threatened Iran with harsh language. Our hands are always on the trigger and our missiles are ready for launch." [CNN / BBC / Sky News]

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