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      Report: Jerusalem Within Range of New Iranian Missile

      Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of reaching major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 9/11/2012, 1:11 PM

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      Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of being launched “from land, sea, and air” and reaching major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem, Iranian media reported.

      Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Mehdi Farahi announced the existence of the long range Iranian missile, dubbed “Meshkat,” over the weekend, the Mehr News Agency reported.

      According to the report, the missile, with a range of 2,000 kilometers, or 1,250 miles, could easily reach Israeli cities, including Jerusalem.

      The weapon will serve as “the upper hand of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. … [The] Meshkat cruise missile, which Allah willing will be unveiled soon, has a range of more than 2,000 kilometers,” the report quoted Farahi as telling Iran’s Press TV.

      The cruise missile will also be capable of hitting targets as far away as the vital American military base at Diego Garcia, described by the U.S. military as the “tip of the spear” for U.S. military operations in the Persian Gulf, with lies 2,400 miles from Iran.

      Diego Garcia hosts the strategic B-1 bomber and is a major U.S. military depot, Mashregh news, a media outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards intelligence division, reported.

      The report said the GPS-equipped cruise missile, with a precision fault of less than 32 feet, is equipped with components to counter anti-cruise missile defenses.

      The Iranians unveiled several cruise missiles in the last two years, some called game changers in the Gulf as having the capability to sink an aircraft carrier.

      Iran has armed all of its vessels with long-range ballistic missiles and plans to navigate into the Atlantic Ocean and near the Gulf of Mexico.

      Many of Iran’s missiles are reported to be in underground silos across the country, and even if its ships and aircraft come under fire, many of the ballistic and cruise missiles could be launched before the “enemy” can target them, Mashregh news reported.