Good news: Iran test fires a 2,000 km range missile

posted at 9:00 pm on December 12, 2007 by Bryan

Better news: They timed the test to coincide with the Annapolis summit. Bestest news: The range makes it capable of hitting just about any target they would be interested in “wiping off the map.”

Iran tested a newly-developed ballistic missile on the day of the Annapolis conference, Channel 10 reported Wednesday.

The Ashoura missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers and is capable of reaching Israel, US Army bases in the Middle East and eastern European cities, including Moscow, said the TV channel.

According to the report, the new missile is an improvement on the existing Shihab-3 missile. The Ashoura uses solid fuel instead of the Shihab’s liquid fuel, giving it a significantly faster launch sequence which is harder to detect.

I must have missed the warning about this development in the National Intelligence Estimate. Since the IC seems to know so much about Iran’s nuclear program and all, they just had to know about this. Right?


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Holy Toledo Our rockets will blot out the sun!!

ColdBore76 on December 12, 2007 at 9:03 PM

Well… I’m sure they’re just bluffing.

/sarc

Ugly on December 12, 2007 at 9:04 PM

Don’t worry, aggressive diplomacy should be enough to persuade the rational and logical mind of this freak.

ColdBore76 on December 12, 2007 at 9:07 PM

As hard as the CIA works to keep Iran’s weapons program a secret, the idiots have to show off any chance they can!!!!

Hening on December 12, 2007 at 9:08 PM

“Ashoura” missile. Not only do they want to show off to the West, but also to the sunni muslim world.

Jimmy the Dhimmi on December 12, 2007 at 9:09 PM

Come on Bryan, we all know the rockets are only to be used for peaceful purposes. They plan to launch large Solar Arrays into space for electrical generation for the people of Iran. Why else would they want a rocket like that if they don’t have, or plan to have, a nuclear capabality?

Helloyawl on December 12, 2007 at 9:10 PM

coincide with the Annapolis summit

It’s not as if they are thumbing their nose in our face or anything./S

abinitioadinfinitum on December 12, 2007 at 9:11 PM

You completely misinterpreted this matter.

The Ashoura missile was built to generate electricity.

Niko on December 12, 2007 at 9:12 PM

Missile maneuver of the Great Prophet

That doesn’t mean porkin’ nine year old wives anymore.

Where can I get one of those posters?

Hening on December 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM

This is just another attempt by chickenhawk, warmongering Neocons to wage war for oil. Iran is pursuing peaceful nuclear energy. And even if they were looking for nuclear weapons, it’d only be to protect themselves from the evil empire that is the United States.

/

amerpundit on December 12, 2007 at 9:15 PM

Hening on December 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM

LOL

ColdBore76 on December 12, 2007 at 9:21 PM

They’re just looking for intelligent life.

Since there’s none in Iran.

(Or on the NIE teams.)

profitsbeard on December 12, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Brinkmanship…

elgeneralisimo on December 12, 2007 at 9:26 PM

yea but.. as we were told the other day they aren’t planning on putting NuKeS on those…

Maybe they just want to use them for… Festivities or something.

amend2 on December 12, 2007 at 9:39 PM

Simply amazing.

4shoes on December 12, 2007 at 9:42 PM

What would they use a missile like that for. Maybe we should consult the NIE. It sure would make for speedy delivery.

tarpon on December 12, 2007 at 9:51 PM

Kissinger spanks the “intelligence” community

Topsecretk9 on December 12, 2007 at 9:53 PM

It’s a missile of peace…

redshirt on December 12, 2007 at 10:13 PM

That’s it. The bombing commences in five minutes.

sniff I miss Reagan.

TexasDan on December 12, 2007 at 10:18 PM

Would 2000 km from Iran reach US soil? If not? Hey Europe! You’ve got problems.

BowHuntingTexas on December 12, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Yahoo is my friend. NY City to Tehran is 9878 km.

Europe, you’ve got problems.

Good luck.

BowHuntingTexas on December 12, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Sorry, did a little more Yahoo / Google. If they’re lucky the Iranians might hit Athens. It’s only 2479 km from Tehran to Athens, Greece.

Hey Europe! Go ahead and sit on your thumbs. And good luck!

And Iran. Nuke Iraq or Israel and you’ll become a big, glowing, glass parking lot.

BowHuntingTexas on December 12, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Hmmm, solid fuel. I smell China.

Zorro on December 12, 2007 at 10:50 PM

The Israeli’s were harping about this missle two months ago. Look….here it comes…….we are telling ya it has one use and one use only…..And the world zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’d and still does.

Limerick on December 12, 2007 at 10:56 PM

So, why did “IC” so suddenly and inexplicably come into favor? I know my opinion isn’t all that important, but something about it bugs me.

DaveS on December 12, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Something tells me that someone must of spilled
coffee on the missile page in the NIE report,
and what the heck,how important could one page be!

canopfor on December 13, 2007 at 12:07 AM

Why wasn’t it in the NIE? No confidence in the range.

km on December 13, 2007 at 12:14 AM

NIE?

“Everybody plays the fool… lovin’ eyes can never see… it may be factual it may be true…”

The battle cry of the left.

WitchDoctor on December 13, 2007 at 1:38 AM

Hey! its just another peaceful space program

And their new anti personnel landmine program is for peaceful purposes

And massive purchases of Chinese armor and Russian fighter planes are for peaceful purposes

they don’t need no stinkin centerfuges

EricPWJohnson on December 13, 2007 at 8:35 AM

These are just crop dusting missiles, people.

Rod on December 13, 2007 at 8:53 AM