Iran Unveils 'Ambassador of Death'
Does not have capacity to hit Israel
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2010 7:11 AM CDT
The Karrar, or striker in Farsi, is Iran's first domestically-built, long-range, unmanned bomber aircraft.   (AP Photo/Iranian Defense Ministry,Vahid Reza Alaei, HO)

(Newser) – A day after yesterday's fun with nuclear reactors, Iran unveiled its first domestically built unmanned bomber drone. The 13-foot-long aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles, which is not far enough to reach Israel, notes the AP. "The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship," said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The president boasted that the missile was a step toward self-sufficiency and promised the drone, named Karrar or striker, would "keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases." Unmanned drones are increasingly important in modern conflicts, notes CNN. They are popular with the US military, who uses them to minimize American casualties and spy. (Click here to read about the civilian toll of US drones in Pakistan)

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Aug 30, 2010 3:50 PM CDT
Even if they can build some steaming pile of shit that flies, just look at the rest of their air capacity... Nothing to brag about. If it actually works, it's not like we don't have things that can detect/blow it out of the sky from continents away if needed. If you've got the bombs, you've got the power. And the US has the bombs. Iran is running decades behind in this game.
Aug 23, 2010 8:16 PM CDT
How's that Foreign Policy workin' out, Barry? "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"
Aug 23, 2010 7:24 AM CDT
And THIS is supposed to impress the world with Iran's "peaceful" intentions?! Iran is run by religious maniacs intent upon destroying anyone and anything non-Muslim and they make no bones about it. Remember something, in their eyes America is the "Great Satan" while Israel is the "Small Satan". In any case both represent different religious belief systems both of which are an affront to Islam. Do we really need another British Chamberlain to make "peace" with another modern day Hitler and come home with a piece of toilet paper signed by Achadminimadman and his equally crackpot ayatollahs declaring "peace in our time"? If this thing is an "Ambassador of Death", exactly whom do you think it will be aimed at? Think!