Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Itchy trigger finger

[AFP wire] -- A Patriot missile was launched accidentally from a US military base in the Gulf state of Qatar, landing in a farm but causing no casualties, Al-Jazeera television reported on Tuesday.

"A Patriot missile landed on a farm belonging to a Qatari national after being fired by accident from the As-Sailiyah camp," the Doha-based satellite channel said.

The US military said it was looking into the apparent misfire, but declined to give any further details.

Among the salient facts about Qatar: it's just across the Gulf from Iran.

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