Sunday, August 20, 2006
IRAN TEST FIRES 10 SHORT RANGE MISSILES
By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 20, 9:50 AM ET
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.
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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.
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.
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