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Iran shows off new cruise missile

TEHRAN — Iran’s president claimed on Tuesday that the country’s military can cripple enemies on their own ground as Tehran put a new Iranian-made cruise missile on display, the latest addition to the nation’s expanding arsenal.

The state TV reported that the new missile, showcased at a ceremony in Tehran, is designed for sea-based targets, with a range of 124 miles and is capable of destroying a warship. It can travel at low altitudes and is lighter with smaller dimensions.

“The best deterrence is that the enemy does not dare to invade,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during the ceremony.

As he spoke, state TV showed footage of the weapon, dubbed “Ghader,” or “Capable” in Farsi.

Iran has an array of short and medium range ballistic missiles capable of hitting targets in the region, including Israel and U.S. military bases in the Gulf.


Hezbollah: Libyan rebels can solve 30-year case

BEIRUT — Hezbollah has called on the Libyan rebels to help uncover the fate of Moussa al-Sadr, a charismatic Shiite cleric who disappeared during a trip to Libya more than 30 years ago in a case that many blame on Moammar Gadhafi.

The mystery of the missing imam remains a keen issue for Shiites in Lebanon, including leaders of the powerful Hezbollah movement.

Framed photos of Mr. al-Sadr adorn the shops and homes of Lebanese Shiites, and the day he was last seen, on Aug. 31, 1978, is marked annually in Lebanon.

Most of Mr. al-Sadr’s followers are convinced Col. Gadhafi ordered him killed in a dispute over Libyan payments to Lebanese militias, but the imam’s family argues he could still be alive in a Libyan jail.

Now that Col. Gadhafi’s regime appears to be crumbling, Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah told the rebels that the Lebanese “are looking to you” to locate the imam and his traveling companions.

From wire dispatches and staff reports