Iran Tests New Missile; Says Lebanon Requests Military Aid

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Iran tests new medium-range missile
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Iran tests new medium-range missile

Iran has successfully test-fired a new version of the domestically-built Fateh missile, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi told the country’s semi-official PRESS TV.

The 3.5 ton missile is the latest in new weapons the Islamic Republic has shown off in the past week, following the launching of an unmanned bomber and the announcement by Iran that it will begin to produce two missile-launching boats.

The range of the missile is estimated at around 125 miles, far out of range of Israel.

Iran also announced that Lebanese President Michel Sleiman has officially asked the Islamic Republic to help equip the Lebanese Army. 

The request reportedly came at the same time that Hizbullah supreme leader Hassan Nasrallah urged Lebanon to file a request in response to moves by the U.S. Congress to halt $100 million in military aid to Beirut. Voices were raised in the United States following the recent attack by a Lebanese soldier on an IDF position in Israeli territory, killing an Israeli officer and wounding one other.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday that Iran’s “dynamic defense industry is capable of exporting arms to over 50 countries in the world.”


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