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Iran Attempts Missile Launch From Submerged Submarine; Ends In Failure

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According to reports from Fox News, Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a submerged Yono-class “midget” submarine in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday but the test ultimately failed.  Back in February, Iran claimed to have successfully tested a submarine-launched missile though it was not immediately clear if this week’s test was the first time the Iranians had attempted to launch a missile from a submerged submarine.

Of course, this missile test is the latest event in a long-running rivalry between Iran and the United States in and around the Strait of Hormuz, which guards the entrance to the Gulf. About 20% of the world’s oil passes through the waterway, which is less than 40 km wide at its narrowest point.

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