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Iran said its warplanes can reach Israel.

Iranian warplanes have had their range extended and now have ranges of up to 1,800 miles, Tehran state television quoted air force chief Ahmad Mighani as saying Sunday.

At their closest points, Israel and Iran are about 500 miles apart.

The report, which gave no technical details, was greeted with skepticism from independent experts who noted that Iran’s air force is largely antiquated.

As international scrutiny grows on Iran’s nuclear program, its leaders have recently made a series of saber-rattling comments, apparently in hope of warding off any preemptive strikes by Israel or the United States.

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