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Iran Fires Ballistic Missiles During Drills in Warning to Israel

The country’s Revolutionary Guard says the exercises were designed to respond to threats made in recent days by Israel.
Iran fires ballistic missiles during drills in warning to Israel
A missile is launched during Iran’s military exercises called the ‘Great Prophet 17’ [West Asia News Agency/Handout via Reuters]

Al Jazeera

Iran’s paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has fired 16 surface-to-surface ballistic missiles at the close of five days of military drills that generals said were a warning to archenemy Israel.

The official IRNA news agency on Friday reported that the names of the missiles fired during the military exercise across the country’s south were Emad, Ghadr, Sejjil, Zalzal, Dezful and Zolfaghar and that their ranges vary between 350km and 2,000km (220-1,250 miles).

It said the missiles successfully hit one target at the same time as 10 drones simultaneously hit their targets. State TV showed missiles launching in the desert.

“These exercises were designed to respond to threats made in recent days by the Zionist regime,” Iran’s armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri told the state television.

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