Iran test-fires missiles

Updated 31 December 2012
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Iran test-fires missiles

TEHRAN: Iran’s navy said yesterday it test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing maneuvers near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.
IRNA quoted Adm. Amir Rastgari, spokesman for the exercise, as saying the Iranian-made air defense system Raad, or Thunder, was among the weapons tested, along with various torpedoes and underwater and surface-to-surface rockets as well as anti-ship missiles. Iran said it also deployed locally-made hovercraft during the operation.
The Raad system was on show during a military parade in Tehran in September for the first time. Iran says it is more advanced than its Russian predecessor and is designed to confront fighter jets.


Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil govt building in Iraq’s Kurdish region

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Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil govt building in Iraq’s Kurdish region

  • Security forces have cleared the streets around the building, which is located in the busy city centre, said the security officials
  • These types of attacks are rare in Erbil, one of the most stable cities in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq: Gunmen entered the governorate building in Erbil, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq on Monday and began firing from windows at Kurdish security forces, a deputy governor of the city and Kurdish security officials said.
Security forces have cleared the streets around the building, which is located in the busy city centre, said the security officials.
“At around 7:45 am two gunmen approached the entrance of the governorate and opened fire at the guards. They managed to enter and now they are on the third floor,” said the deputy governor, Tahir Abdullah.
“Security forces have surrounded the building and entered the ground floor, preparing to attack the assailants.”
The gunmen seized weapons from the guards. The men were shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest), said a spokesman for the KRG.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack.
These types of attacks are rare in Erbil, one of the most stable cities in Iraq.
Daesh, which has been largely defeated in Iraq, has carried out bombings in Erbil in the past. The group has targeted Kurdish forces and civilians in recent years.