Iran tests 14 missiles in war games

2011-06-28 09:36

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested 14 missiles on Tuesday, the second day of war games intended as a show of strength to the Islamic Republic's enemies in Israel and Washington.

The Iranian-made surface-to-surface missiles, with a maximum range of 2 000km, were fired simultaneously at a single target, the official IRNA news agency reported

The head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division emphasised Iran's preparedness to strike Israel and US interests in the event of any attack on Iran.

"The range of our missiles has been designed based on American bases in the region as well as the Zionist regime," Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh told the semi-official Fars news agency.

Hitting targets 2 000km away

Washington and Israel have said they do not rule out military strikes on Iran if diplomatic means fail to stop it developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies its nuclear programme is aimed at building bombs.

IRNA said the Guards fired nine Zelzal missiles, two Shahab-1s, two Shahab-2s and one upgraded Shahab-3 missile.

Iranian officials have previously announced that the Shahab 3 can reach targets up to 2 000km away, putting Israel and US bases in the Gulf within reach.

A long-time enemy of the United States, Iran has been emboldened by what it sees as US military defeats in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both countries are still home to large troop numbers and Washington has other bases in the Gulf that Iran could choose to target.

War games

"The Americans have reduced our labours," Hajizadeh told Fars.

"Their military bases in the region are in a range of 130, 250 and maximum 700km in Afghanistan which we can hit with these missiles."

The 'Great Prophet 6' war games, to be carried out on land and sea, are a "message of peace and friendship to countries of the region," Hajizadeh said on Monday.

Asked whether Iranian missiles were a threat to Europe, Hajizadeh told IRNA that while Iran had the technological capacity to build longer-range missiles, the 2 000-km range had been chosen precisely with Israel and US bases in mind.

"Except American and the Zionist regime, we do not feel a threat from any other country," he said.

  • gertie - 2011-06-28 09:41

    Ooohhhh, we're really scared now. - 2011-06-28 10:08

      You Such a CHOP.......groot bek!!!

  • chileaan - 2011-06-28 09:59

    Thank goodness we're this end in SA

      Damien - 2011-06-28 10:09

      Mind you they Probably used some from of SA technology!

      Damien - 2011-06-28 10:13

      Form sorry

      Joker - 2011-06-28 11:10

      Oh please the "canon type" nuclear weapons SA developed during the 80's were already developed in the US in the early 50's and discarded

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-28 11:29

      who said anything about Nuke weapons?

  • King Solomon - 2011-06-28 10:07


  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-28 10:14

    The 'Great Prophet 6' war games, to be carried out on land and sea, are a "message of peace and friendship to countries of the region," Hajizadeh said on Monday. Meaning, if you don't do things our way, you'll be peacefull and friendly in the hollow shells you once called cities?

      Zee - 2011-06-28 12:16

      Pretty much what the US did in Iraq and Afghanistan no?

      Fred - 2012-03-02 06:52

      Zee, as a South African do you like voting for your leaders? Why would you not want Iraqi's to have this right? Saddam Hussein denied them this right, declared war on Iran which cost ONE MILLION lives, gassed thousands of Kurds, and invaded Kuwait. Afghanistan was a lawless state used by Al-Quaida to declare and wage war on the freer world, the very world that gives YOU the right to post messages on the internet, and other basic human freedoms. Al-Quaida has killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and other places with suicide bombs and car bombs. As a Muslim you should be ashamed of Muslims in your midst doing these things. You should be crying out for them to stop, declaring they're not true Muslims, supporting every effort to end their dark, delusional campaigns of terror. Yet you ask these two misdirected questions. It's disappointing to say the least.

      malibho - 2012-03-02 08:09

      Ya Fred. Thats why the US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Oh wait. or was it the WMD's that could be deployed in 5 minutes? Why dont they invade Zim?

      Fred - 2012-03-02 17:02

      What's your point?

  • Will2.0 - 2011-06-28 10:17

    US claims they are building nuclear bombs and threatens military action if they don't stop. Earlier this century there was a very similar scenario in that region. We all know how that turned out. I'm a westerner and all, but good on you, Iran. NATO, the UN and the ICC obviously aren't willing to rein in the US warmachine; maybe a military threat will. Not so easy to bomb a million muslims if they're going to bomb you back, is it?

      Lee - 2011-06-28 10:59

      My word falling for media BS. Saddam had WMD's remember. Iran can have as many poxy 2000km missiles as it likes. It still stands no chance and your all swallowing the next build up to a war over oil. Iran is no threat. The west just wants you to think it is. I have 5 medals and 10 yrs of no life spent in the middle east. It's all BS.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 06:47

      The rogue Iranian regime is more and more distinct from the Iranian people. IT is a threat to world peace, not the freer world. What are you thinking?

  • Lee - 2011-06-28 10:18

    Ha ha stealth bombers alone would deal with this threat. Iran is no threat and should it build a nuke it won't leave Iran.

      Lee - 2011-06-28 10:46

      From Iran, Yes. From terrorist, No.

      Joker - 2011-06-28 10:53

      @mik keep dreaming

      elroy petersen - 2011-06-28 11:56

      any nation that has a nuclear weapon is a treat, What did USA done to North Korea? USA aint so smart and mighty as they think

      elroy petersen - 2011-06-28 11:59

      media is still the best investigators, specially on those that the government try to hide

  • Joker - 2011-06-28 10:49

    Iran is small fry for the likes of Israel and the US. They are more used to dealing with the Soviet Unions nuclear arsenal during the cold war. I doubt that anybody's shaking in their boots

      Zee - 2011-06-28 12:17

      Me thinks you'd be surprised!

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-28 10:58

    A typical case of penis envy.

  • mik - 2011-06-28 11:07

    @joker. Not dreamin. The US just bomb themselves and Israel test their weapons on innocent civilians... David will still take Goliath out.

  • Banned - 2011-06-28 11:14

    Good on Iran, the less wars there, the cheaper the petrol

      elroy petersen - 2011-06-28 11:52

      any xcuse is use to increase oil prices, electric cars is a treat

  • JT4 - 2011-06-28 11:46

    Yet another arab country sabre rattling ... followed by retreat at the first sign of trouble!

  • elroy petersen - 2011-06-28 11:49

    why are USA so concern about Iran's nuclear? They should demolished they own first...They not quit honest themselves

      Fred - 2012-03-02 06:44

      The rogue Iranian regime is a threat to world peace. It rigs elections, funds terrorism, has threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and denies the occurrence of the Holocaust, which was the single biggest attempt at genocide in human history.

  • The huntchback - 2011-06-28 12:06

    Proppaganda! Irans Missiles are no threat to American civilization or their army bases. This is just another excuse to wage war (like Sadam`s weapons of mass destruction)

      Fred - 2012-03-02 06:43

      They are a threat to Israel and world peace, if ever they move to develop nuclear weapons, which the freer world absolutely will not allow.

  • RAYSEMBE - 2011-06-28 13:17

    The more wars created by the US and its allies in the oil rich regions of the world the more the price of oil goes up = to more money for the the imperialists.

      Fred - 2012-03-02 06:42

      Funny! So you're saying the US is lining the pockets of the oil-rich countries who are "the Imperialists". I agree with the latter because these oil-rich countries are unelected dictatorships.

  • Ilan - 2011-06-28 15:11

    Lots of threats from Iran. Israel has demolished multiple Arab nations on numerous occassions. The next time will be for keeps! Do not test Israel, they will cook you IRAN!

      George Pecku - 2011-07-28 21:02

      Israel should come clean with its stash of nuclear weapons.I support Israel as much as I support Iran to have its own nukes

      Fred - 2012-03-02 06:40

      George, the Iranian regime is a rogue state that rigs elections, funds terrorism, has threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and denies the occurrence of the Holocaust, which was the single biggest attempt at genocide in human history. How on earth can you equate the two?

  • Ballito - 2012-01-03 12:13

    definatly iran russia and china big allies cause if america trys to bomb iran which means all oil and gas is theirs like iraq.remember the documentary the hyster driver on the oil rig which was american gets paid twice more than the amercian soildier shows the oil is worth more than the soildiers.i think russia and china will also attack thats why america is scared to attacj iran they could have flattened them along time ago buti gues they are also scared of the allies.remember george bush screaming iraq had weapons of mass destruction lol were is all these weapons did they finf any.any person that tellm me this is not about oil is blind folded trust me look at what mugabe did to the whites he literally and brutally flattened them out but did he get they say the biggest fuel is media they are here to blindfold us i dont think israel has the balls to attack iran remember one iran missile and israel is flattened like i told israel is to scared to go alone they have to wait for the americans remember israel fueled this war at middle easr when they intially told saddam was a threat and as some of you have told i myself also thinks of israel being a snake

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