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Breaking News: Iran Fires Ballistic Missile

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Iran has reportedly test fired a ballistic missile amid escalating tensions with the US and UK in the Gulf.

The Shahab-3 missile travelled 1,000km, but did not pose a threat to shipping or US bases, according to a Pentagon official.

Iran is believed to have tested the medium-range missile on Wednesday in a bid to improve the “range and accuracy” of its weapons.

News of the provocative test emerged after Boris Johnson ordered the Royal Navy to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.

The ramping up of the navy’s protection mission by the new PM comes in the wake of Iran seizing Brit tanker the Stena Impero.

It marks a dramatic escalation of the crisis with Iran following weeks of heightened tensions in the region. (The Sun)

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