August 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A U.S. attack on Syria is likely to begin at night with fiery explosions at military installations, artillery batteries and headquarters near the capital, Damascus, and other government strongholds around the country, according to current and former U.S. officials. The strikes, involving dozens of cruise missiles launched from U.S. warships, attack submarines and possibly warplanes, would probably last up to three days. The Obama administration is seeking to punish President Bashar Assad's government for its alleged use of chemical weapons while avoiding a messy intervention in the country's civil war. U.S. planners expect Syria to activate its sizable air defense system once the attack commences, firing antiaircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles into the night sky in an effort to shoot down the low-flying Tomahawk missiles whizzing over buildings and mountains at more than 500 mph. Most of the weapons are likely to get through, though, because the U.S. will be jamming Syrian radars, analysts say. With diplomatic efforts still underway, President Obama said Wednesday that the United States had concluded the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical weapons attack last week in Damascus suburbs.
September 29, 2009 |
Days before Iran was to meet with the U.S. and other world powers over its disputed nuclear program, the nation test fired medium-range missiles today capable of reaching Israel, Europe and American bases in the Persian Gulf, according to the country's Revolutionary Guard. The missiles -- Shahab-3 and Sajjil -- were launched in the desert as part of military exercises that began before the U.S., France and Britain accused Tehran over the weekend of building a secret uranium-enrichment plant in the mountains.
October 6, 2004 |
Iran said its missiles now have a range of about 1,250 miles, a substantial extension of their previously declared reach. The old version of Iran's Shahab-3 missile had a range of 810 miles, making it capable of hitting Israel and various U.S. military bases in the Middle East.
January 8, 1985 |
Sweden joined Finland on Monday in urging the United States and the Soviet Union to discuss a ban on cruise missiles, 10 days after a stray Soviet cruise missile accidentally crashed in Finland. Prime Minister Olof Palme said Sweden would welcome a ban on the missiles, adding he hopes that the issue will play a central role in the Geneva talks between Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko and Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
May 26, 2003 |
A missile left over from Saddam Hussein's regime fell off a trailer and exploded, killing three people in Baghdad. Residents said the accident happened as Iraqi contractors were removing four Iraqi missiles left from the war. Army Lt. Col. Joel Armstrong said no U.S. soldier was involved in removing the weapons.
July 21, 1987
The Army, anticipating the Soviet Union's use of a new armor for its tanks, last month began producing a new type of TOW anti-tank missile, Maj. Phil Soucy, an Army spokesman, said. At a cost of $500 per missile, a small explosive charge has been added to the warhead of the TOW, Soucy said. Although many aspects of the program are still classified, the Army decided to release some details in part to respond to rising concerns expressed by U.S. and NATO defense experts.
December 12, 1996 |
The chief U.N. weapons inspector failed to persuade Iraq to release missile parts for inspection to verify that Baghdad is following orders to destroy long-range missiles, as required under agreements that ended the Persian Gulf War. U.N. inspector Rolf Ekeus wants to take disassembled parts abroad for analysis to confirm that they actually came from long-range missiles. He says the analysis can only be done outside of Iraq. Iraq has resisted, saying it fears the results will be forged.
August 18, 2002 |
The president of a counter-terrorism consulting firm has been charged with possessing 2,352 unregistered small military missiles, according to court documents. Investigators also found 4,000 pounds of explosives at High Energy Access Tools, an anti-terrorism and police training company that was conducting classes for students from the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, said Tom Mangan, an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
June 29, 1988
The United States and Israel will cooperate in developing an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) to help defend Israel against tactical missiles or chemical attacks, officials said. A memorandum of understanding on the project will be signed soon, the White House said as President Reagan met with Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The missile, called Arrow, is already under development in Israel, but the Israelis need funding and technological help.
November 28, 1989 |
President Bush will tell Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev at their summit conference this weekend that the deployment of surface-to-air missiles in El Salvador "is a dangerous escalation" of the conflict there, the Administration said Monday, suggesting that Central American conflicts threaten improved superpower relations.