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In the Cambridge Evening News of 17 December 1998 (p.5), it was reported that
a US missile had fallen on the city of Khorramshahr in Iran, and that British
and Swiss (representing USA) diplomats had been summoned to the Foreign
Ministry in Tehran to receive an official protest. This was, apparently, one
of the missiles aimed at Basra in Iraq.

If true, this shows that, far from achieving "pin-point" or "surgical"
accuracy, as often claimed by US & UK government and military spokesmen, these
missiles cannot even be relied on to hit the right country. The possibility,
and reality, of "collateral" damage during the December war must have been

I never saw this report anywhere else in the press, nor did I hear anything
about it on the radio news, nor it was it mentioned in discussions about the
raids, even by opponents of them. But I might have missed it. Did anyone else
catch it, or was it perhaps suppressed?

                                                        Geoffrey Roper
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