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Iran Ties Ballistic Missile Test To U.S. Navy Missile Defense Test

November 12, 2008

Iran test-fired a new missile in the western city of Marivan, near the border with Iraq during a military maneuver, the government television network Press TV reported Tuesday. The Samen missile was fired Monday, along with artillery and rocket launchers. Iran warned American forces in Iraq last week that American helicopters were spotted flying close to Iran’s airspace. The semiofficial Fars news agency reported that the test followed a Nov. 3 ballistic missile test by United States forces in the Third Fleet.

By Nazila Fathi 
The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/world/
middleeast/12briefs-MISSILETESTF_BRF.html

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The Telegraph, London
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The English-language Press TV said the Iranian-made missile, named as the Samen, was successfully tested on Monday by the elite Revolutionary Guards in the western border city of Marivan.

They also tested artillery and rocket launchers, Press TV said on its website.

Iran’s armed forces have staged frequent manoeuvres in recent months, coinciding with speculation of possible US or Israeli strikes against the Islamic Republic over its disputed nuclear ambitions.

In a move that further heightened tension, Iran in July test-fired nine highly advanced missiles, including one which reportedly could reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East.

Iran’s army last Wednesday said US helicopters had been seen flying close to Iran’s border and that it would respond to any violation, a message analysts said seemed directed at US President-Elect Barack Obama more than at American troops in Iraq.

The Nov 5 statement followed a cross-border raid last month by US forces into Syria, an action that was condemned by Damascus and Tehran.

The United States and its Western allies suspect Iran is seeking to build atomic bombs, a charge Tehran denies.

Mr Obama, like outgoing President George W Bush, has not ruled out military action although he has criticised the outgoing administration for not pushing for more diplomacy and engagement with Iran.

Iran has said it would respond to any attack on its territory by targeting US interests and Washington’s ally Israel, as well as closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital route for world oil supplies.

Iran Test-Fires New Missile Near Iraq Border

November 11, 2008

Iran successfully test fired a new missile Monday in a fresh effort to enhance the country’s military might, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported.

The Samen missile, which was reportedly designed and manufactured in Iran, was shot during an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps drill in the border city of Marivan, Kurdistan, Fars reported. No other information on the missile was immediately available.

From Fox News

While Iran claims that its ballistic missiles — which can strike targets more than 1,200 miles away — are for defensive purposes, Tehran has warned that it would strike American bases in the Middle East in the event of an attack from the U.S. or Israel.

But Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday that Tel Aviv is “convinced that Iran continues to try to build a nuclear weapon,” according to Fars.

Related:
Iran Ties Ballistic Missile Test To U.S. Navy Missile Defense Test

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450144,00.html