Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announce they have successfully launched the country’s first military satellite, at a time of fresh tensions with US forces in the Gulf. (AFP)

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IRGC shoots Iran’s first military satellite into orbit

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has successfully launched and placed the country’s first military satellite into the orbit

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Iran’s Guard says it launched satellite amid US tensions

There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the satellite, which the Guard called “Noor,” or light. The U.S. State Department and the Pentagon, which contend that such launches advance Iran’s ballistic missile program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On its official website, the Guard said the satellite successfully reached an orbit of 425 kilometers (264 miles) above the Earth’s surface. The Guard called it the first military satellite ever launched by Tehran.

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