U.S. officials: Syria using more accurate Iranian-made missiles
A military truck parades the surface-to-surface Fateh 110 during an annual military parade which marks Iran's eight-year war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran on September 22, 2010. At least nine people were killed in an attack on a provincial military parade, marking the same occasion.
December 28th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

U.S. officials: Syria using more accurate Iranian-made missiles

By Barbara Starr

The Syrian regime this week fired at least two Iranian-made, short-range ballistic missiles in what appears to be an effort to more precisely target Syrian rebels, two U.S. military officials tell CNN.

The Fateh A-110 missiles are more accurate than the older Scud variants that Syrian government forces have used in recent weeks.

The U.S. military officials declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information. The Iranian government has not commented on the issue.

The Fateh trades range for accuracy. It can travel about 125 miles, while the Scud can go about 185 miles. But the Fateh has a "circular error probable" or - CEP - of 330 feet, while the Scud's CEP is 1,480 feet. CEP is defined as the radius of a circle in which half of a missile's lethal payload falls and is the standard measure of a missile's accuracy.

The firings did not reach near Syria's Turkish border. But the regime's use of ballistic missiles is the reason NATO is planning to send U.S., German and Dutch Patriot missile batteries to Turkish military installations: to protect the southern regions of that NATO ally. All six Patriot batteries are expected to be in place by the end of January.

A NATO official could not confirm the use of short-range ballistic missiles this week, but NATO did detect the launch of such missiles inside Syria on a few December days, more recently on the 22nd.

"The fact that Scud-type missiles were used in Syria emphasizes the need for effective defense protection of our ally Turkey," the NATO official said. "This is why, earlier this month, NATO allies decided to deploy Patriot missiles in Turkey to augment Turkey's air defenses. The deployment, which will start within weeks, is defensive only. Its aim is to deter any threats to and defend and protect the population and territory of Turkey."

U.S. officials say they believe the Syrians are firing ballistic missiles to preserve their aircraft, some of which have been shot down by rebels.

soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. rabbani

    Against USA enemies.God I hope Saudia Arabias and Qatar's oil runs out. These are the useless good for nothing dog tyres who are behind all of this

    February 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  2. massoud

    Jo you are a Troll a Maggot a Liar a Fraud and a disgrace need I say more ?

    January 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  3. utrdghutfhutr

    (...)"TALKING" IS NOT EASY I FIND IT ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE MOST TIMES FOR MANY REASONS BUT IT MUST HAPPEN. SATAN IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND A COUNTRY IS NOT SATAN(...)

    January 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  4. Plopped

    I also heard Mohhammed invented "ass to mouth" way out there in the desert somewhere under a blue moon.

    December 31, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  5. massoud

    2 jo talk things out of context much you azzhole go eff off punk

    December 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  6. trdxcbjkuhhn

    SHOTING AINT TALKING AS SUCH BUT TALKING MUST HAPPEN FOR THE SHOTING TO STOP

    December 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  7. sam kohen

    Interesting weapon, but at the end of the day it is the army that has the better soldiers with a rifle that wins the war.

    December 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  8. jonny

    let them kill each other, if the west steps in they will blame us for everything anyway probably happen no matter what we do. Let the middle east sort out there own mess seems all they want is death and misery let them have there wish.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
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    December 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  10. NNN

    "CEP is defined as the radius of a circle in which half of a missile's lethal payload falls ..." – was not aware the payload breaks up like that. Try CEP is circular radius within which the missile has 50/50 chance of hitting.

    December 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
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    December 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
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    December 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  13. bftyigfgujhghj

    (...)Obama has been using drones strikes that have killed far more civilians then intended targets.(...)(...)I don't hear anyone complaining(...)

    December 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  14. bftyigfgujhghj

    (...)Obama violated the War Powers Act with military actions against Libya.(...)(...)NO ONE was complaining about that at the time(...)

    December 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  15. bftyigfgujhghj

    (...)Obama increased the troops by 30,000 in Afghanistan(...) (...)that happened BECAUSE OF republicans(...)

    December 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Plopped

      Obama the token.

      December 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  16. Bangash

    Probably USA has objection on use of Iranian and Russian scud missilies in Syria however if they were using MIC made missiles then situation would have been different as is the case in Afghanistan and Pakistan where they use drone and latest weaponry and none in the world dare to call spade a spade.

    December 29, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
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    December 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
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    December 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
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    (...)WHAT DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE U.S. LETS HEAR IT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE GET IT OUT COME ON YOU CAN SAY IT-SEE HOW THAT WORKS...(...)

    December 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  20. Kevin

    @Joe Mccarthy, it's not propaganda you retard, it's actually facts!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  21. Joseph McCarthy

    Here we go again with more right-wing propaganda out of Washington D.C. trying to further discredit the Assad regime and stir up more war fever among the American public! I find it a little incredible over how people keep falling for this mumbo-jumbo!

    December 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • massoud

      You talk about right wing war mongering. Obama increased the troops by 30,000 in Afghanistan once he took office. Obama violated the War Powers Act with military actions against Libya. Obama has been using drones strikes that have killed far more civilians then intended targets. The DHS bought over one Billion rounds of bullets under Obama. Where have all the war protesters gone now that Obama is in office?

      December 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        Thank you, massoud. How true that is!

        December 29, 2012 at 1:18 am |
      • wjmccartan

        Massoud you lying piece of filth, stop using my name, obviously your so insecure about someone blasting your propaganda that you stoop to this. Well If you see one of those drones above your head and it drops on you, I hope you think of me, try throwing a shoe at it, stooge.

        December 29, 2012 at 7:54 am |
      • Jo

        I guess they are letting terrorists post on cnn now. Hey massoud, I would not only say it to your face I would stuff your face in a bag and drop you off at the first military post. Obama sent 30,000 more troops to squash the taliban and prevent heavier casualties on US troops. Go back to your mud hut and stop throwing acid in little girls faces because they want to go to school.

        December 31, 2012 at 10:11 am |
      • massoud

        Jo in my initial reply I was stating that both US Political party are engaging the US Military in to many foreign entanglements thats all, then initial guy attacked me and now you.You do not speak for nor represent me in your comments. I respect your military service and honestly hope you stay healthy and out of harms way, as I do for all other men and women from America who are dedicated to their mission . Just because I think that the US Military policing the world for the UN and NATO is a costly way of handling foreign policy affairs does not mean that I do not support the troops , I do support all American troops and their allies. I believe that the best foreign policy is to have a strong defense but not to be bogged down in Afghanistan for 10 years + were the coin strategy did not work I believe the US soldiers are doing the best they can but are having to go threw to many channels of command to successfully fight the enemy the Taliban..The Afghanistan people and pakistanis and others in the Taliban or who side with the Taliban do not seem to be grateful to American soldiers so I say after 10 + tears of the afghanistan war bring the US Soldiers home. I will no longer engage with you or anyone else on this site for to many people take what I say out of context and use straw man arguments and or saul alinsky tactics in misrepresenting my thoughts and beliefs. Stay safe Jo sorry I called you a name.

        December 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • massoud

        jo you are an absolute fool and pathetic pile os steaming excrement for falsely making accusations against me I am a Patriot not a terrorist so shut your piehole and do not threaten my life while your at it you lunatic freak

        January 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
      • Jo

        Yea all you terrorist wingnuts call themselves patriots

        January 3, 2013 at 6:54 am |
      • massoud

        What's up troll i see your maggot parasitic life is back Jo you are first and foremost a liar a fraud a disgrace and a sorry excuse for a human being need I say more Jo the Troll ?

        January 3, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • massoud

      @wjmccartan listen keyboard warrior you talk tough behind your computer you are a pathetic mindless soul I have no boubt you would not be man enough to spout your unwarranted insults to my face

      December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        Good Good feel the dark side yes destroy your father Luke.

        December 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
      • Jo

        Another thing massoud. I have been dealing with your kind for 6 years over here. The only way you can talk is from behind your women and children you hide and kill innocent civilians including your own children. The latest threat from your kind is, "Stop bombing us with your drones or we will deny our children Polio vaccine. Thats a win win situation we keep droning you and you kill your own future terrorists. Perfect. Do so please.
        Master Sergeant Jo
        Special Forces
        Currently deployed

        December 31, 2012 at 10:21 am |
      • massoud

        jo i think you must be on psychotrophic medications, and stop trying to put words in my mouth you are a liar and a fraud by misrepresenting my positions and beliefs you do not speak for nor represent my beliefs you mudslinging azz

        December 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • massoud

        jo you are obviously a fraud give it up loser

        January 4, 2013 at 12:59 am |
      • Jo

        Typical Rantings of an enraged terrorist. Climb back in your mud hut massoud because that whirring sound you hear are CIA Drones flying all around your house. I didn't know mud huts had electricity for your computer or are you blogging from your terrorist commanders house? Better yet! 2 terrorists for the price of one Hellfire Missile

        January 4, 2013 at 8:17 am |
      • massoud

        hey jo the troll I see that you, the Maggot has slithered back from out under your rock

        January 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
      • Jo

        Your funny massoud! for a terrorist.

        January 6, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • massoud

        On the contrary jo the troll I am a Patriot and serious in my description of you you liar maggot parasite

        January 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  22. Portland tony

    While more "accurate" missiles can target infrastructure and commercial buildings, they are not effective against ground troops or guerrilla fighters which the Assad government is up against. They may pose a psychological threat to shop keepers and housewifes, missiles.by themselves are not going to turn the tide of battle.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • NNN

      They are good for damaging the FSA staging bases across the border with Turkey.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  23. Jannai

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Servile Sheep

      Keep praying to Al la la la la la la la, it will help out lots

      December 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Well, in the future, don't s crew with Uncle Sam! OBTW...Stupid foreign policy doesn't negate the United States' economic power. Nothing failed about this state!

      December 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Thank you, Portland tony. You sound like another dimwitted Tea Partier!

        December 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Plopped

      If America is the root of all evil then shut your hole and die like a good goat-herd. Keep killing each other sunni and shiites it makes for good youtube videos. Being the root of all evil can get boring sometimes.

      December 31, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
      • HXMAjor

        Hahahahahaha.....YEAH...those utube video's are kinda of funny, some of them. :-)

        January 2, 2013 at 9:04 am |
    • HXMAjor

      Hmmmm and your point is?????? I love it when people blame the US for all that is wrong in the world. I will concede that we have mad many mistakes, especially invading Irag ,as it is a sad note that war is profitable, and the Military Industrial Complex has grown so powerfull within our country.But who else has stepped up to the plate and given the world what we have. Lets see: we saved Europe during WWI...OH.....and WWII...Hmmmm...Korea maybe, stopping the spread of communism from taking over the south and spreading further, Ok...Vietnam was a mistake, who gave the world penecillin to stop people from dying, expecially children, and many other medicines too many to name here, the Space program, the Internet, oh, and soooo many other good things. But you guys just want to focus on the negative. Like the Iranians always blaming the great SATAN for all their ills. Their takeover after the Shah has been a BIG SUCCESS hasn't it. Freedom is every where over there now, right@! And the blood thirsty killers in power in the Mid East would love to just keep killing their people and enslaving them. Maybe that culture is still not ready for our type of democracy and never will be, but the countries we support are STILL BETTER than the one's we do not. Get a life man, and open your eyes to be objective. No country is perfect, never hs been, never will be. Man is imperfect and with his deficits will always bungle things up, but our form of government has more checks and balances than any other LARGE country I can think of. It is far easier to manage a small land mass with a small population like Sweden or Holland or the Netherlands, but they have their problems also. How much money and food and medicine do we give the world's population???? Who else does that? SO while I get angry and frustrated with my government from time to time, I still see no better alternative.

      January 2, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
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    December 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
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