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That scary photo of the Iranian missile test that ran on front pages everywhere were faked, according to this analysis. The image that appeared in newspapers soon after news broke about the troublesome tests showed four missiles blasting skyward. The image, distributed by Agence France Presse, was obtained from the website of Sepah News, the PR arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Later, a nearly identical image showing only three missiles was released.
It would seem that the Iranian news agency doctored the image, cloning a missile and exhaust from other parts of the image. AFP retracted the four-missile version.
Why would Iran add the extra missile? Perhaps President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad felt that three missiles were sufficiently terrorizing. (From what I’ve heard, the new missiles are essentially updates of the old Scuds and don’t represent a great leap forward in killing technology.) –David Schonauer