Revealed: Iran Photoshopped and Greatly Exaggerated Missile Tests


irans-shahab-3-missileAt first, Iran claimed it had launched three long range missiles; a pronouncement at the end of ten days of war games in the Strait of Hormuz designed to test the patience of western nations as they weigh how to sanction Iran’s oil exports.

“We are able to announce that our shore-to-sea missile systems are so powerful that we can hit any target, any time, if it’s necessary” announced Habibulah Sayari, Iranian Navy Commander.

Seyyed Mahmoud Moussavi, Iranian Military Drills Spokesman, stated “Both missiles hit the intended targets successfully.”

It turned out the missiles weren’t that long range after all.

The Qhader missile, introduced in September, has a range of just 124 miles. The U.S. Navy’s fifth fleet in Bahrain is 150 miles from Iran. Israel is four times farther.

“We’ve seen that they’ve photoshopped, for example, photographs of missile tests before to make it look more impressive than it actually is, so I would take all this with a grain of salt. I think this is mainly posturing. It’s gamesmanship. And it’s again meant to send a message that the Iranians aren’t simply going to sit back while their oil is sanctioned,” said Michael Singh, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Their leaders backed away from threats to close the strait as President Obama signed a defense spending bill on Saturday, which includes the new sanctions. It also has a national security waiver, allowing the president to withhold the sanctions if they are deemed to cause the price of oil to rise.

Singh continued “I think maybe you’ll see some symbolic sanctions. Maybe you’ll see some smaller measures. But are you likely to see big sanctions against Iran’s main oil customers? It seems unlikely given that waiver provision that’s in there.”

Iran reacted to the threatened sanctions Sunday announcing another alleged breakthrough: the manufacture of a nuclear fuel rod that is made from Iran’s own Uranium ore deposits. The rod is needed at the Bushehr Nuclear Plant and the advance could allow them to skirt restrictions on its nuclear program.

U.S. officials have not been able to assess whether the fuel rod advance is real. Just the threat of tighter sanctions targeting Iran’s crude oil sales has sent Iran’s currency into a freefall. It lost twelve percent of its value Tuesday and many Iranians are now buying gold.

{My FOX DC/ Newscenter}


  1. Surprise, surprise.

    The Iranians are blowing smoke, and if the keep it up they will soon REALLY be blowing smoke.

    Interesting article in the latest Aviation Week and Space Technology on the drone thing. We can now say in the open that the Iranians boasting about the incident was a total pack of lies.

  2. Let’s not forget that it’s “payback time” to pay back the Iranians for breaking into the American embassy in Tehran, and keeping the Americans hostage for 444 days. 52 hostages were held captive until January 1981, a total of 444 days of captivity.