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Iran fires short-range missiles in Gulf war games

- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 25, 2010

TEHRAN (AP) -- Iran's state television said Sunday the country has fired a series of missiles as part of ongoing large-scale military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.

The TV report said five ground-to-sea and sea-to-sea missiles were fired simultaneously. It did not elaborate on the specifications of the missiles or say whether they are new.

However, the semiofficial Fars news agency said on Saturday that four types of short-range missiles would be launched Sunday in the war games, including Nasr 1, a short-range cruise missile capable of destroying targets up to 3,000 tons in size.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard began the war games on Thursday. The country's annual show of military strength often leads to heightened tension in the region.