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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: Which countries ?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/4/2012 10:18:54 AM , Rating: 3
How can you blatantly dismiss Iran's attempt to conquer Israel in open warfare and then say "what have they ever done??" And don't give me that crap about shadow government's and superpowers being behind Iran's actions. Iran is responsible.

That's like saying well aside from WWI and WWII, Germany has always been a peace loving international neighbor.

The author is dead on. Maybe you should look up the word "history", you idiot.

RE: Which countries ?
By Paj on 1/5/12, Rating: 0
RE: Which countries ?
By KoS on 1/5/2012 11:07:50 AM , Rating: 2
Democractically elected like Chavez? Or like all those leaders in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea? As examples!

Hell, Saddam held elections before the second gulf war...and won that election.

RE: Which countries ?
By Skywalker123 on 1/5/2012 5:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
Another idiotic post from the King of Idiots. How has Iran attempted to conquer Israel? Israel has an estimated 200 nukes as well as a better conventional military. Iran is not as stupid as you are.

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