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March 18, 2004
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Egypt and Iran may be close to launching spy satellites. According to a report by, Cairo’s satellite program is two years away from completion, and Israeli experts believe an Iranian satellite announced by Tehran in January could be ready by 2005. Israel is the only Middle East country to have launched satellites — both for reconnaissance and telecommunications purposes — and Jerusalem has lobbied hard to prevent Western-owned space companies from selling images of its military installations to Israel’s enemies.

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