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It’s All in the Timing: Iran Launches New Missile

An early version of the Iranian short-range Fateh missile. (Photo: SHAIGAN / AFP / Getty Images)
An early version of the Iranian short-range Fateh missile. (Photo: SHAIGAN / AFP / Getty Images)

Iranian and right-leaning newspapers are running the headline “Iran Launches New Missile.” Iran is keen to show off its military prowess. The political right is trying to show just how evil the current regime in Tehran truly is.

Iran is constantly developing new missiles such as the Fateh Mobin, unveiled on August 13. What is always worth watching is the timing of these formal ceremonies. The Iranians are under the cosh right now after a tougher U.S. sanctions package kicked in on August 6, with the country’s currency in freefall.

Presenting the new missile right now sends a clear message to the White House and Pentagon: Don’t mess with us.

High on the list of fears in D.C. and among the Arab Gulf states lead by Saudi Arabia is any Iranian threat to the Strait of Hormuz – the key waterway out of the oil-rich Gulf region.

The Fateh Mobin is reportedly capable of hitting land and sea targets, can evade radar detection and was successfully tested for pinpoint accuracy.

Here’s a video of a test of the short-range missile (it’s actual range was not made public at its unveiling):

 

 

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