Iran released this photo in July 2008 of missiles being test-fired in the desert. Trouble is, the photo had apparently been digitally altered to show four missiles rising into the air, when in fact one never left the pad.
In an announcement more apt for a dinner party than a defense memorandum, Romania has agreed to host a new U.S. missile shield in its territory aimed at protecting Western interests from the “emerging threat” of Iranian ballistic missiles. —JCL
Romania has agreed to host missile interceptors as part of a new US defence shield, its president says.
President Traian Basescu said the plan was approved by the defence council. It still needs parliamentary approval.
The US scrapped a previous missile shield, based in Poland and the Czech Republic, which had infuriated Russia.
Instead the new system would provide better defence from “the emerging threat” of Iranian short- and medium-range missiles, a US official said.