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Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during new military exercises

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Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency , considered to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, said the launch of the "smart and advanced" rockets came during an annual three-day maneuver which began on Monday in Iran's central desert.

Later on Monday, state TV showed footage of several rockets launching from the back of trucks in the desert.

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Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Revolutionary Guards' ground forces told the channel that rockets with ranges of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) as well as the Fajr-3, Fajr-4 and Fajr-5 rockets, all believed to have under 100-kilometer range, were all successfully tested in the exercise.

Pakpour said the tests send a message to any of Iran's potential adversaries: "We are ready to give a crushing respond to any threat."

Earlier in February, the United States said has put Iran "on notice" after the country test fired a medium-range ballistic missile.