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This unconfirmed report goes back a few months but is simply more interesting given the mounting tensions with Iran.An article from the May 2011 Jerusalem Post reports Tehran is building intermediate-range missile launch pads at a base on the Paraguaná Peninsula in Venezuela (via Die Welt).
The J-Post says the Revolutionary Guard-controlled engineering group Khatam al-Anbia is helping build the site said, that will include missile defenses, special forces units, and control stations.
Iran’s oil revenue is reportedly going to the construction of bunkers, watch towers, barracks, and 65 foot deep rocket silos.
The article points out that the base will allow Tehran to conduct missile strikes at “Iran’s enemies” if Iran is attacked.
From Caracas to Miami is about 1,300 miles, maybe a couple hundred more than from the Peninsula — possibly within the range of Iran’s Ashoura medium-range ballistic missile that can cover a distance of over 1,200 miles.
While interesting, the Die Welt story was dismissed by CNN in May 2011 as false when CNN’s wire staff reported that both the U.S. and Venezuela said there was no evidence of the missile base’s existence (Thanks to our reader Tmac).
Update: latlongpacific sent a paper with with a more comprehensive analysis of the possible Venezuelan site along with coordinates for a possible location. The exact location from Google Earth is pictured here. The download offers details on the base and missiles that Iran would likely park there, including the Ghadr-100A with a possible range of 3,000 km or about 1,800 miles.
Iran isn’t limiting its apparent efforts to counter U.S. initiatives to South America. The Sydney Morning Herald reports Tehran has renewed its efforts to align itself with the Taliban.
The dialogue between the two Mid-East regimes is a testament to what can happen when groups share a common enemy — Iran and the Taliban nearly went to war in the 1990s and have only gotten civil after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
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