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Iran Test Fires Long Range Missiles

11/2/06 By VOA News

Iranian state television says the country's Revolutionary Guards have test-fired several long-range missiles with the capability of carrying cluster bombs.

Shahab3 test firing (photo ISNA)

The state-owned Al-Alam network says the missiles were launched Thursday from a desert site near the central Iranian town of Qom.

Shahab3 test firing (photo ISNA)

The tests mark the beginning of a 10-day Iranian military exercise that will also include drills in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.

Iranian navy in Persian Gulf (photo IRNA)

The Iranian report says the missile tests involve the Shahab-3 missile, which has a range of up to 2,000 kilometers.

Missiles Test Firing (photo ISNA)

The Revolutionary Guards are the ideological wing of the Iranian armed forces, and have a separate command structure from the regular army.

Missiles Test Firing (photo ISNA)

Iran is conducting military maneuvers after United States held naval exercises in the Persian Gulf earlier this week. The U.S.-led drills involved 25 nations and were aimed at training forces to block the transport of weapons of mass destruction.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters

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