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Iran Fordow Nuclear Facility Damaged In Explosion: Was This An Attack?
PolicyMic ^ | 01/28/2013 | Tom McKay

Posted on 01/28/2013 11:27:48 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A massive explosion rocked Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility last Monday, January 21, destroying huge parts of the installation and trapping as many as 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former Iranian intelligence official.

Some mystery surrounds the truth of the reports, which emerged through conservative website WorldNetDaily last week and were recently backed up by the Jerusalem Post, which quoted Israeli intelligence officials confirming the attack.

The blast occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning and shook buildings within a radius of three miles. Fordow’s nuclear plant is buried some 300 feet beneath a mountain, and is immune to airstrikes and most bunker-busting bombs. According to Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, two elevators were disabled and the emergency stairwells were inaccessible. One elevator descended 240 feet to chambers containing centrifuges; another went even lower to move heavy equipment and cycle uranium hexafluoride.

An explosion occurred in the third centrifuge chambers, directly above the high-grade uranium reserves, Zakeri said. Regime officials believe an explosive device was smuggled into the facility disguised as equipment or uranium.

“Israel believes the Iranians have not evacuated the surrounding area. It is unclear whether that is because no harmful substances have been released, or because Tehran is trying to avoid sparking panic among residents,” an Israeli source told the Times of London.

According to WND correspondent Reza Kahili, the previously secret plant contains some 2,700 centrifuges capable of enriching uranium to the 20% level. While Iran recently converted some of its high-grade uranium to reactor fuel, further enrichment takes just weeks; following recent failed talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian representatives refused to stop the enrichment process underway at Fordow and the larger 10,000 centrifuge complex at Natanz

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KEYWORDS: fordow; fordowfacility; iran; israel; nuclear; nukes; russia; waronterror

1 posted on 01/28/2013 11:27:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

May God protect and defend Isreal, the apple of His eye.


2 posted on 01/28/2013 11:57:00 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: SeekAndFind
May God protect and defend Israel, the apple of His eye.
3 posted on 01/28/2013 11:57:43 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Has the event been verifed as actual, not just a titalating headline from the World Nut Daily?
4 posted on 01/28/2013 12:00:45 PM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: SeekAndFind

Awwwwwwwwwwwww. I really feel sorry for the wild animals in the area who were killed or injured by the blast.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 12:09:00 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: buckalfa

RE: Has the event been verifed as actual, not just a titalating headline from the World Nut Daily?

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The event has been reported at the Jerusalem Post.

See here:

http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=301230


6 posted on 01/28/2013 12:14:08 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No proof until the OMG reports its to the masses.


7 posted on 01/28/2013 12:19:49 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sure as hell would not screw with Israel if they were my enemy.


8 posted on 01/28/2013 12:20:24 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ncfool

I remember when Israel blasted Syria’s North Korean supported Nuclear facility to kingdom come IN 2007.

There wasn’t a big deal made by the mainstream press then ( I don’t recall it making headlines here in the USA ).

Nothing at least compared to the headlines made when Israel hit in Iraq’s nuclear reactors when Saddam was still in power ( Reagan was president then ). THAT MADE HUGE HEADLINES WORLDWIDE.

So, how about this report?

It is now a should we believe Iran or Israel scenario.

See here:

http://www.ibtimes.com/iran-denies-blast-nuclear-plant-israel-inisists-it-happened-denies-invovlement-1042966

EXCERPT:

Iran Denies Blast At Nuclear Plant, Israel Inisists It Happened, But Denies Invovlement

Iran spent their Monday morning vigorously denying claims of an explosion at the Fordow uranium enrichment site in the south of the country, near the city of Qom. The IRNA news agency on Sunday said that the “West [sic] propaganda machine” was claiming that “‘An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground.’”

The deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Seyyed Shamesddin Barbroudi, told the IRNA that there “has been no explosion whatsoever in the Fordow nuclear facility.”

“The false news of an explosion at Fordow is Western propaganda ahead of nuclear negotiations to influence their process and outcome,” he added.

The International Atomic Energy Association said that they can’t confirm reports of the blast, and said that the only reports they’d seen were in the media.

The U.S. State Department said that the report of the explosion “was not credible.”

But Israeli intelligence is insisting it happened, and told the Times-UK that there are more than 200 workers still trapped in the facility.

“We’re still in the early stages of trying to comprehend what happened and the extent of its significance,” the unnamed source said, and added that it was unclear if the act was “sabotage” or an accident.

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9 posted on 01/28/2013 12:30:56 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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Getting interesting,....I believe Israel.


10 posted on 01/28/2013 12:55:24 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: SJackson; LucyT

fyi


11 posted on 01/28/2013 12:56:46 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: SeekAndFind

There was NO deal made about the Sept 6 2007 destruction of that Syrian plant because not even W wanted it talked about.

Only people who even knew about it were Pete Hoekstra and some rat on the committee, because by law they had to get a phone call.

Not bashing W, just relating what happened.


12 posted on 01/28/2013 1:10:20 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
According to the Institute for Science and International Security, two possible locations of the facility are

34.88459°N 50.99596°E and
34.94373°N 50.76056°E.

If you've got Google Earth, have at it.

13 posted on 01/28/2013 1:22:26 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: SeekAndFind
Fordow’s nuclear plant is buried some 300 feet beneath a mountain, and is immune to airstrikes and most bunker-busting bombs.

I always love reading statements like this one. Low-information low IQ types are who gravitate towards "journalism." The lower their level of knowledge about everything, the more qualified they feel to create the news.

The statement may be correct, but it ignores the fact that every entrance and exit, and every essential air vent, and power source or fuel source cannot be similarly protected.

14 posted on 01/28/2013 1:27:19 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: SeekAndFind
Nothing at least compared to the headlines made when Israel hit in Iraq’s nuclear reactors when Saddam was still in power ( Reagan was president then ). THAT MADE HUGE HEADLINES WORLDWIDE.

You got that right.
I was walking along Champs Elysees in Paris the following day and the headline was at least 4 inches tall.

Wish I knew how many "points" that is...

15 posted on 01/28/2013 1:32:38 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems like seismographs would detect an event that shakes the ground for 3 miles... Aren’t there sites that show that sort of thing?


16 posted on 01/28/2013 2:02:33 PM PST by Chewbarkah
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Isn’t this the identical article that was posted yesterday?


17 posted on 01/28/2013 2:13:16 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Marine_Uncle
Different source at least.

Multiple threads going.... many are quoting the ex-Iranian who reported on WND.

But now Isralel Intellugence is reporting esssentially the same info to the Times (UK).

18 posted on 01/28/2013 2:22:13 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Israeli official is an anonymous source, so I am a skeptic on this story.

There has been no physical evidence - satelite photos, etc., no evacuation of the area.


19 posted on 01/28/2013 3:28:45 PM PST by BlackVeil
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To: SeekAndFind

Work accident.

Happens all the time when some dim bulb decides to pile up a bunch of the enriched uranium product.

I just hope they are more careful with the bio-weapons.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 3:48:43 PM PST by darth
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21 posted on 01/28/2013 4:45:55 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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22 posted on 01/28/2013 4:47:24 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Fordow’s nuclear plant is buried some 300 feet beneath a mountain, and is immune to airstrikes and most bunker-busting bombs.”

That would be Fordow being immune from all Israeli bunkerbusters and most US bunkerbusters...except the newest one, the MOP that was officially deployed by the US two month ago:

http://www.gizmag.com/massive-ordnance-penetrator-mop-gbu-57ab/20538/

The US may have taken a page from the Israeli raid in Syria in 2007 and just “done it” with no fanfare and leaving it up to the Iranians to yelp about their humiliation. The Syrian ally of Iran chose NOT to admit that their precious nuclear facility had been obliterated.

Early reports are of an explosion deep underground at Fordow, but I suspect that future satellite pics will show the point of penetration of the B-2 delivered MOP.


23 posted on 01/28/2013 6:32:45 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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Catching up ping.

Thanks, Ernest_at_the_Beach.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 9:32:42 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: publius911
What the "300 feet below the mountain" is a tip off that aerial bombing, or missile attacks on these sites, which probably number in the hundreds, is not a sure thing. Might take more than one trip per target to put the JDAM in the air vent. A war against Iran, which is bigger than all of western Europe would not be the cake-walk many of the low-info shmoes might believe.

Hope we find out wtf really happened here. Could be VERY interesting.

25 posted on 01/29/2013 5:11:51 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Say, what the hell happened to Reggie Love? Who's in the playroom with Barry now?)
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