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Iran's Missile Test Photos Photoshopped

Yesterday Iran tested what is apparently a medium range Shahab-3 ballistic missile. The fear (or the fear they hoped to induce) is that they can...




Yesterday Iran tested what is apparently a medium range Shahab-3 ballistic missile. The fear (or the fear they hoped to induce) is that they can now strike Israel. It's all part of the saber rattling going on between our hawkish leaders and theirs.

But the pictures of the test that Iran's state Sepah News provided to Agence France-Presse have clearly been doctored with Photoshop (or maybe open-source Gimp software; ha!). Apparently the point of the manipulation was to cover up a %25 failure rate in this test (one missile hasn't fired in the unaltered photo).


The manipulated shots made it on to the front page of the L.A. Times (among other papers) before the tampering was noticed. Sepah News later provided what appears to be an unaltered shot with no explanation.

As one commenter at the NYTimes says "I know that these missiles are part of a threat to wipe Israel off the map, but now they've proved that they have the Photoshop capabilities to do it." We wouldn't say their Photoshop skills are quite that far along yet.
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