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Iran Unveils New Missile Named for Jewish Oasis Overrun by Muslims

New domestically-made missile has 1,450 km range
New Iranian "Kheibarshekan" missiles are seen in an undisclosed location in Iran, in this picture obtained on February 9, 2022. IRGC/WANA
New Iranian “Kheibarshekan” missiles are seen in an undisclosed location in Iran, in this picture obtained on February 9, 2022. IRGC/WANA

Iran unveiled a new domestically-made missile with a range of 1,450 kilometers on Wednesday, state TV reported, a day after Tehran and Washington resumed indirect talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran, which has one of the biggest missile programmes in the Middle East, says its ballistic missiles have a range of up to 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and are capable of reaching its arch-foe Israel and U.S. bases in the region.

State TV displayed the new surface-to-surface “Kheibar Shekan” (Kheibar buster) missile, which refers to an ancient Jewish oasis called Kheibar in the Arabian Peninsula’s Hijaz region that was overrun by Muslim warriors in the 7th century.

“This long-range missile is domestically manufactured by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) … It has high accuracy and is propelled by solid fuel and is capable of penetrating missile shields,” Iranian state media reported.

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