Training Exercise Results In Missile Missing Target, Leaving 19 Reported Dead and 15 Wounded


In Tehran, Iran, a test missile accidentally fired and hit one of their own ships containing 19 sailors and wounded 15 others. They claim the ship got to close to the target area resulting in a horrible accident.

This isn't their first time a missile has accidentally killed people. They have in the near past shot down a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran killing all 176 passengers on board. They clearly need to put the missiles down for a bit. That's a lot of life 'accidentally' killed.

According to ABC News:

A missile fired during an Iranian military training exercise mistakenly struck a naval vessel instead of its intended target in waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, Iranian authorities said Monday.

The bungled training exercises took place Sunday and raised new questions about the readiness of the Islamic Republic's armed forces amid heightened tensions with U.S., just months after they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran, killing 176 passengers.

It also comes soon after a tense naval encounter between Iranian and U.S. forces in the nearby Persian Gulf.

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers two years ago, launching a maximum pressure campaign against Iran that has pushed the archrivals to the verge of conflict repeatedly.

Analysts have warned regional tensions likely will increase again. This week also marks the anniversary of attacks on oil tankers near the strait that the U.S. blamed on Iran.

In Sunday's friendly fire incident, a missile struck the Iranian navy vessel Konarak near the port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran in the Gulf of Oman, the Iranian army said in a statement. Iran's regular navy typically patrols those waters, while vessels from the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard usually patrol the Persian Gulf.

To me, it seems as though someones flexing some muscles...

The result of these deaths is absolutely saddening and avoidable. The world is going through too much right now to need to be worried about missiles being handled in such a childish way.

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