September 13, 2009 |
Colombia and the United States have a recurring worry: This country's largest rebel group succeeds in acquiring surface-to-air missiles and forces the government to alter a strategy that has knocked the insurgents on their heels and turned the tide in a decades-long conflict. There are reasons for concern. Last month, a Syrian arms trafficker was arrested in Honduras as he tried to sell missiles and other weapons to U.S. undercover agents posing as members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
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.
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.
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.