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Iran's Missile Misfires

Does Iran have a problem with misfiring missiles?

On July 9, an image on an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps website was digitally altered to hide the fact that one out of four test rockets failed to launch.

News organizations around the world like "The New York Times"and the BBC ran the falsified photo before the fakery was discovered.

Ballistic missiles are generally no laughing matter. But this story reminded us of a somewhat humorous Iranian rocket launch video posted on YouTube that didn't go exactly as planned.

-- Bruce Jacobs

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