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Surface-to-sea missile could target U.S. ships in the Gulf

Iran is one of the nations of the Middle East that much of the world watches closely. The country has a history of threats on those in its region and has been working to build its military might including a uranium enrichment program that has led to sanctions by the U.S. and other countries.
 
Iran has now announced that it has tested a new naval cruise missile in the Strait of Hormuz. The missile test was conducted during the final day of a 10-day military maneuver. The missile is called the Qader and it is a surface-to-sea weapon designed to destroy enemy ships. Iranian Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi said that the missile struck the intended target with precision and destroyed the target.
 

[Source: Vancouver Sun]

Iran offered the first glimpse of the missile in August of last year reports the NYT. The weapon is said to have a range of 125 miles, which would allow Iran to target some of the U.S. ships that are operating in the Gulf region. While some officials in the Iranian government have in the past threatened to disrupt shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, Mousavi has denied that the exercises have anything to do with such a blockage. The narrow Strait is a vital shipping lane for oil.
 
Admiral Mousavi said, "We won’t disrupt traffic through the Strait of Hormuz. We are not after this."
 
The firing of the Qader missile isn’t the only weapons test that occurred during the exercises. The Iranian Navy also tested a short-range surface-to-air missile called Mehrab. The Iranian state news agency IRNA quotes Admiral Habibollah Sayari of the Iranian Navy saying, "[These military exercises promote] peace and friendship for all countries in the region." He also said that the exercises send a message that foreigners had no room in the region reports the NYT.
 
Iran also recently claimed to have forced a U.S. drone to land where it wanted using a GPS hack.

Source: NYT



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RE: They are just looking for an arse woopin
By JediJeb on 1/3/2012 6:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
I would be all for the US bringing home every deployed serviceman from around the world, as long as no other country followed them right up to our borders.

Anyone who thinks that Iran or any other Islamic Theocracy does not have ambitions of ridding the entire world of the infidels who are nothing more than servants of Satan(read any person who is not of the Islamic faith)then they are dreaming of an ideal world that never has or never will exist. There are many many peaceful followers of the Islamic faith, but just as with most societies in existence right now, most of those in power have global ambitions far beyond the average citizen of their government and they are always plotting ways to leverage any advantage possible to expand their influence. The only thing holding back countries like the US and most of western Europe is they are still constrained by democratic rules where the majority of the citizens must support what they do. The biggest problem is most all governments, including the democratic ones, are slowly working to take the power out of the peoples hands and place it into the hands of the elites, and they are doing it very slowly so they can avoid a revolt of the people. If we are not careful we will either lose our countries to powers within, or to invaders from without.

As for worrying about countries like Iran, I would not bet against them following our armies right up to our borders if we ever bring them all home. It is a sad reality that even if a country is peaceful at heart they must always be strong militarily to maintain their sovereignty.


RE: They are just looking for an arse woopin
By Skywalker123 on 1/4/2012 4:06:59 AM , Rating: 2
How are the Iranians going to "follow us up to our borders? they have neither the will nor the means. Are they going to station troops in Mexico? C'mon, get real.


By ekv on 1/4/2012 5:31:16 AM , Rating: 2
I would like to point out All-American Muslim, but I doubt you'd understand or appreciate that a terrorist-sponsoring nation will merely stop at a border. [I'm so unbelievable too ... http://www.state.gov/s/ct/c14151.htm]

Instead, wasn't it Obama that said about Iran "Let me be clear, they have neither the will nor the means" to build a nuclear weapon? After all, Islam means peace, no?


RE: They are just looking for an arse woopin
By FITCamaro on 1/4/2012 9:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
Actually its been shown that Islamic terrorists are sneaking across both our northern and southern borders.


RE: They are just looking for an arse woopin
By Skywalker123 on 1/5/2012 5:09:55 PM , Rating: 1
LMAO, Hundreds have been sneaking across the borders for years? so where are the attacks all these "terrorists" are making? I call bullshit.


RE: They are just looking for an arse woopin
By JediJeb on 1/4/2012 10:28:06 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
How are the Iranians going to "follow us up to our borders? they have neither the will nor the means. Are they going to station troops in Mexico? C'mon, get real.


That is a figure of speech, but if you want to take it literally then think of it this way. With less deterrent measures from countries like the US, what will stop them from slowly taking over the countries right up to our borders?

There are so many ways they can without having a battalion of troops standing side by side along or border. Let Iran build a nuclear weapon and they would not need a bomber or ICBM to deliver it to the US, they could more easily smuggle it into Mexico then across the US border just as easily as a drug cartel smuggles drugs across.

Even Russia has trouble with Islamic groups in their outer regions. If a country that exerts as much control as Russia does over its population has trouble with such things, how are we going to avoid it with our more or less open border policies?


By Skywalker123 on 1/5/2012 5:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
and what purpose would that serve?


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