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Iran prepares a Safir for launch, then removes it from launch pad

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 11:12
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. February 7, 2017, 7:51 PM (IDT)

Fox News Tuesday obtained images from ImageSat International showing a Safir launch missile being prepared for launch. This was confirmed by US officials. A few hours later, they were surprised to discover that the missile had been removed from the launch pad. It was not immediately clear why. The Pentagon was closely monitoring the flurry of activity because Safir uses the same components as those needed to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. It was also used in the past to put a satellite in space.

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