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Iranian Revolutionary Guards Test Fire Long-Range Missiles


Iranian state television says the country's Revolutionary Guards have test-fired several long-range missiles with the capability of carrying cluster bombs.

The state-owned Al-Alam network says the missiles were launched Thursday from a desert site near the central Iranian town of Qom.

The tests mark the beginning of a 10-day Iranian military exercise that will also include drills in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.

The Iranian report says the missile tests involve the Shahab-3 missile, which has a range of up to 2,000 kilometers.

The Revolutionary Guards are the ideological wing of the Iranian armed forces, and have a separate command structure from the regular army.

Iran is conducting military maneuvers after United States held naval exercises in the Persian Gulf earlier this week. The U.S.-led drills involved 25 nations and were aimed at training forces to block the transport of weapons of mass destruction.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters