In March 2011, while many of the arms depots belonging to the government of Libya were being looted, we wrote about how the weapons taken from Libyan government stockpiles could end up being used to fuel violence in the region and beyond. Since then we have seen Tuareg militants, who were previously employed by the regime of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, leave Libya with sizable stockpiles of weapons and return to their homes in northern Mali, where they have successfully wrested control of the region away from the Malian government. Read the rest of this entry »
Taipei: Defence Minister Kao Hua-chu rebutted Friday [29 July] remarks by a Beijing official that China’s missiles are not aimed at Taiwan, saying that “it is hard for Taiwan’s people to buy his story.” Read the rest of this entry »
Iran said on Saturday it test-fired two long-range missiles into the Indian Ocean earlier this year, the first time it has fired missiles into that sea, according to state television.
Iran and North Korea are tightening their relations after a lull, defense sources have told Haaretz. Israeli defense officials are concerned about the development, saying it may reflect an expansion of North Korean aid to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea tested a short-range missile last week in an apparent effort to improve its missile capabilities, a South Korean official said Wednesday amid renewed tension on the Korean peninsula.
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez mocked U.S. concerns about Venezuela’s ties with Iran on Tuesday, joking that while his adversaries worry about Iranian-made missiles lining his country’s coast his government is actually erecting windmills there.
The socialist leader at first said missiles could be launched at Washington and other U.S. cities, then held up a photograph of windmills along the South American country’s coast, saying “here they are.”
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North Korea established a sophisticated missile launch site on its west coast near its border with China late last year, in apparent preparation to test-fire a ballistic missile that could threaten U.S. territory, reports said.
The site in Dongchang-ri in North Pyeongan Province is five times larger than the one in Musudan-ri in North Hamgyeong Province where the communist state test-fired the Taepodong-2 missile in April 2009, according to the Chosun Ilbo.
The launch pad is 1.5 times larger than that of the Musudan-ri site. It is also 18 meters taller than the 32-meter-tall launch pad in Musudan-ri, enabling the test launch of intercontinental-range missiles, which are taller than 40 meters.
Israel said Tuesday it seized a cargo ship loaded with weapons sent by Iran to Palestinian militants in Gaza, including sophisticated land-to-sea missiles that officials said could change the balance of power in the area.
The takeover in the Mediterranean Sea was the latest in a series of Israeli naval raids meant to counter the growing influence of Iran, which Israel accuses of supplying rockets and other arms to Israel’s bitterest enemies.
According to recently released Wiki Leak articles, experts say that Iran has purchased around 19 Musudan Missile from North Korea. These missile have many capabilities. These extremely dangerous missiles are believed to be able to hit Moscow, and target many key cities in Western Europe.
Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi told the Fars News Agency the upgraded missile system is capable of destroying advanced airplanes in low and mid altitudes and has the ability to hit a number of targets simultaneously.
“The Mersad missile defense system is comprised of different target tracing and tracking radars, soft and hardware networks, launch pads for Shahin missiles and a command and control center,” Vahidi said.