Iran test fires new missile

Iran revealed the new Bavar 373 air-defense missile system on Aug. 22, 2019. (File/Iranian Presidency/AFP)
Updated 24 August 2019
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Iran test fires new missile

  • Revolutionary Guard commander Major General Hossein Salami said Iran was ‘always in the arena for testing weapon systems
  • Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday

GENEVA: Iran has test fired a new missile, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency.
“Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements toward the growth of our deterrent power,” Salami said. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation.”
He did not provide any additional information about the missile.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last year and stepped up sanctions on Tehran in order to curb its development of ballistic missiles and its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq. The two countries have been exchanging threats and warnings since then.
Iran shot down a US military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June, nearly setting off a conflict with the United States. The Islamic Republic says the drone was over its territory, but Washington says it was in international airspace.
Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday.


Israeli Arab parties back Gantz for PM in break with precedent

Updated 22 September 2019
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Israeli Arab parties back Gantz for PM in break with precedent

  • Ayman Odeh published an opinion piece speaking of the move
  • It was the first such endorsement by Arab parties since 1992

JERUSALEM: Israeli Arab political parties are backing ex-military chief Benny Gantz as the country’s next prime minister in a break with precedent, they announced Sunday.
The mainly Arab Joint List alliance made the announcement at roughly the same time as its leader, Ayman Odeh, published an opinion piece on the New York Times website speaking of the move.
It was the first such endorsement by Arab parties since 1992.