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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Iran tests long-range missile

TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Iran test fired a sub-to-surface missile in the Persian Gulf during large-scale military exercises, it was reported Sunday.

The Sagheb, or "Piercing," missile was fired from a submarine and hit a target on the surface of the water less than a mile away, Iran's official Islamic Republican News Agency, or IRNA, reported.

The test was conducted during Iran's "Blow of Zolfaqar" military exercises, named for the sword of the prophet Muhammad, which began across the country Aug. 19.

A new phase in the war games began in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman Friday, IRNA said.

The massive military exercise is being conducted in five phases and will spread across 14 of Iran's 30 provinces for about five weeks.

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