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Iran displays missiles on anniversary of Iraq war

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 16:20

Tehran: Iran is marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Iraq-Iran war with a military parade and a display of the country`s steadily growing arsenal of short and medium range ballistic missiles.

Like last year, Thursday`s show included the solid-fuel Sajjil.

The missile, with more than 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometres) in range, could pose a threat to Israel and US-allied Arab nations, including some that are home to American military bases.

The show comes weeks after neighbouring Turkey agreed to host an early warning radar as part of NATO`s missile defence system aimed at countering Iranian missile threats. Washington hopes to have the radar deployed in Turkey by the end of the year.

Iran has warned such a move would escalate regional tensions.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 16:20

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