Monday, December 12, 2011

Mysterious explosion kills 7, injures 16 in Iran

Explosion occurred in Yazd, a city where reports have indicated the existence of covert nuclear facilities.

A mysterious explosion took place in a steel factory in Iran overnight Sunday, killing seven people, the latest in a series of blasts that have rocked the Islamic Republic over the last month.

The deaths occurred in an explosion and subsequent fire at a steel factory in the central Iranian province of Yadz, Iran's IRIB news agency quoted Yazd Governor Azizollah Seifi as saying on Monday. He said that some of the those killed in the blast were foreign nationals.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear but reports over the years have indicated the existence of covert nuclear facilities in the city of Yazd and it's surrounding areas.

While there was no evidence available to support this possibility, Iran has used seemingly innocent civilian factories before to hide its illicit nuclear activity.

Some reports have claimed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps had built underground nuclear facilities in the Yazd region. The Iranians are known to have a mine there used to extract raw uranium and that a nearby facility is where the uranium is turned into yellowcake a key component in the nuclear fuel cycle.

It is also possible that the steel facility was strictly a steel facility without a military or nuclear application. It is possible though that the factory manufactured steel parts for missiles or even centrifuges, used to enrich uranium. In either case, sabotaging such a facility could contribute to efforts aimed at delaying Iran's nuclear and missile programs.

The blast on Sunday night came after, last month, a mysterious explosion took place in the city of Isfahan, which is home to a nuclear facility involved in processing uranium fed to the Natanz fuel enrichment facility.

The London Times reported that the explosion had damaged the nuclear facility but the Institute for Science and International Security in the United States published satellite images which showed extensive work underway at the facility but not damage from an explosion.

Two weeks earlier, on November 12, an explosion hit an Iranian military base near the town of Bid Kaneh, killing 17 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Maj.-Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, chief architect of the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program.

Israel’s Mossad was accused of orchestrating the blast which took place as the officers were reportedly assembling an advanced long-range ballistic missile. The explosion is believed to have significantly delayed the development of that missile.


Russian and Chinese drone experts??


Anonymous Anonymous said...

More wild conspiratorial thinking---- these mysterious explosions seem to be happening during or soon after the Air Force space plane missions. I read a few years ago about an experimental weapon system called the Rods of Thor that were nothing but solid missiles of tungsten or other heavy metal dropped from orbit. No explosives and minimal electronics, just kinetic energy from supersonic impacts leaving no evidence. Just saying......

And I heard a report today that confirmed what I was told--- drones are programmed to orbit until contact is re established, or, if it can't, return to it's home base as the fuel level reaches the point of no return, or crash if it can't accomplish either. This thing apparently did something that was not in it's programming telling me it was hacked or hijacked, which the Pentagon source says was increasingly likely to have been the case.

7:46 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

You know that had crossed my mind, but I think it would be detectable, leave craters and the such, just like the idea that we were bombing the sites, F22's, drones, or something, they would be detected?? It must be sabotage, inside jobs, or defective equipment the Israelis sold them..

I'm sure anything can be hacked, the next question would be if they could turn one to attack back on us?

I guess you still have to consider system or human failures. The pilot may have just thought he was landing the thing, maybe the Iranians marked a runway with english markings ...FOLLOW ME THIS WAY...

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rods of Thor were in the news a decade ago and not much since, but the idea was that when they impact at mach 10 all of the components are vaporized. There is nothing left to indicate a weapon except, maybe, a crater, but if used against explosive targets you would be left with the question of what caused the explosion, not the crater. The main problem with the concept was coming up with a way to maintain the kinetic energy without having the thing burn up before impact. I'm proposing capturing asteroids and attaching propulsion and guidance to place them in certain areas of the world. enough of them, or one big enough, would solve the global warming issue if you think such a thing truly exists and solve issues of terrorist states at the same time.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a former 3 star general on Fox today saying that he has been told by contacts in the Pentagon that the only way that drone could have landed intact in Iran is if an operator had control and guided it to a landing strip. The fact that the Iranians displayed the drone but hid the landing gear with flags just confirmed that opinion because the landing gear could only extend by direct command or as the final part of a routine that would first involve returning to one specific programmed site. It could not skip all the other steps and extend the gear. He also said the the Pentagon is furious that the WH refused to allow them to destroy the drone on the ground which they were ready to do before the thing had even landed. According to him, this is the worst loss of technology in decades. Not just the stealth tech, but the sensor and encryption tech on that drone is the best there is and held only by the US, until now. He also said he couldn't comment on whether these remaining drones have been grounded, but he didn't have to.

2:53 PM  

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