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Powerful blast in Iran
Sunday Times.au, Australia ^ | 2/16/05 | Siavosh Ghazi

Posted on 02/16/2005 8:20:54 AM PST by Valin

A POWERFUL blast occurred near Iran's Gulf port of Daylam today and witnesses reported seeing a missile being fired from an unidentified plane, local television reported.

The blast came at a time of high tensions between the US and Iran, which is under intense international pressure over its nuclear activities.

Local officials have been dispatched to the site to identify the cause of the explosion in an uninhabited area in the south of the country, according to Arab-language television Al-Alam.

A government source told the television the explosion could have been the result of a fuel tank falling from an Iranian plane, contradicting reports that it was a missile.

Daylam is about 150km from Bushehr, where a controversial nuclear plant is being built with Russian help.

The United States has warned of possible military action over Iran's nuclear activities, charging that its efforts to develop nuclear fuel are a cover for an atomic weapons program.

News of the blast sent the US stock market lower.

US media reports have said the US has been flying drones over Iran since April 2004, seeking evidence of nuclear weapons programs and probing for weaknesses in Iran's air defences.

Earlier today, Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali Younessi confirmed the presence of "American spying instruments" in the skies over Iran and warned that they would be hit. However, he spoke of satellites rather than spy planes.

"We have the means to hit them (these instruments) and if (they) get near, our anti-aircraft defence systems will attend to it," said Younessi.

"Americans have been conducting spying activities in Iranian sky for a long time."

Washington, which accuses Iran of being a prime sponsor of terrorism, claims Iran's nuclear program is a cover for plans to build atomic weapons.

However, Iran has staunchly denied the allegations and the head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said in an US interview published today there was no evidence that Tehran was developing nuclear weapons.

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom claimed during a visit to London that Iran was six months away from having the knowledge to build a nuclear bomb, and said the problem must be tackled by the entire world.

Relations between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated since US President George W. Bush took office for the second time in January, caused principally by the nuclear standoff and Iran's alleged interference in Iraq.

Mr Bush has refused to exclude the possibility of military strikes should Iran continue with its alleged atomic armaments program.

To stave off the threat of UN sanctions, as demanded by Israel and the US, Britain, France and Germany are trying to convince Iran to stop uranium enrichment in exchange for economic and political rewards.


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1 posted on 02/16/2005 8:20:55 AM PST by Valin
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2 posted on 02/16/2005 8:22:56 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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3 posted on 02/16/2005 8:24:08 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Valin

Just out of curiosity, if the region is uninhabited, how were there witnesses? And how did they see an aircraft fire a missile 12 miles away?


4 posted on 02/16/2005 8:24:10 AM PST by Gefreiter (When seconds count, the police are minutes away.)
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To: Valin

Is this in addition to the blast that occurred earlier?


5 posted on 02/16/2005 8:24:59 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: Valin
"Earlier today, Iranian Intelligence Minister Ali Younessi confirmed the presence of "American spying instruments" in the skies over Iran and warned that they would be hit. However, he spoke of satellites rather than spy planes."

So now these blustering fools claim to have the capability to shoot down satellites?

You just can't make this stuff up!


6 posted on 02/16/2005 8:27:08 AM PST by El Gran Salseron ( The replies by this poster are meant for self-amusement only. Read at your own risk. :-))
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To: Valin

It's confusing, but there are 2 Dailams. One in north by Caspian in a mountainous area, and one in south.
This explosion was supposedly in south.


7 posted on 02/16/2005 8:30:44 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: Gefreiter

details, details.
Stop asking so many questions....;~ )


8 posted on 02/16/2005 8:33:02 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: Valin
and witnesses reported seeing a missile being fired from an unidentified plane,

Oh, I'm sure the FBI will determine that it's just a center fuel tank exlosion. < /sarcasm>

9 posted on 02/16/2005 8:35:07 AM PST by ovrtaxt (McClellan: Do away with daily press briefings! Come straight to the New Media!)
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To: All
Related threads.

Iran: Large blast in Dailam, said fired from unknown aircraft

Falling Fuel Tank May Have Caused Iran Blast (OOPS)

10 posted on 02/16/2005 8:41:55 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," - Howard Dean 01/29/2005)
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To: nuconvert

This was in the south, not too far from the coast.

I think :-)

The other Dailam is in Kurdish territory in the north of Iran....

Or so I think :-)


11 posted on 02/16/2005 8:42:44 AM PST by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit

Yeah, have to assume Australia's a bit confused.


12 posted on 02/16/2005 8:52:07 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: Eurotwit

But what's interesting, especially if you're wearing your tin foil hijab, is that northern areas have had several protests in past 6 months or so. You could develop lots of theories for a story like this. AND there is a nuke facility also up there (Chalus) though a bit far from Daylam.
Okay, take off your tin foil hijab now. ;~ )


13 posted on 02/16/2005 8:55:39 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thanks.


14 posted on 02/16/2005 8:58:55 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Valin
News of the blast sent the US stock market lower.

Yeah, right.

15 posted on 02/16/2005 9:00:04 AM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: nuconvert
A nuclear related map



and a description of the sites http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/iran/nuke-fac.htm
16 posted on 02/16/2005 9:02:38 AM PST by AdmSmith
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FOX reported that "witnesses" saw the missile fired from an "unknown plane" 12 miles away... uh, how can "witnesses" see something 12 miles away? Heh...


17 posted on 02/16/2005 9:05:58 AM PST by oolatec
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To: oolatec

Well, which is it? A missile or a gas tank that dropped off? Iran: Should we a)poll the audience (Al Jazeera); b) do a 50/50 (blame US or Israel?) or c) use our lifeline (call our friends the SYRIANS)?


18 posted on 02/16/2005 9:08:59 AM PST by princess leah (\)
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To: Valin

If we go after Iran and Syria we can expect more decent from liberals in America. Liberals don't like their socialist comrades dis-empowered


19 posted on 02/16/2005 9:11:46 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: princess leah

"c) use our lifeline (call our friends the SYRIANS)?"

In this instance, they may call their friends the N. Koreans. They seem to have similar unexplained explosions.


20 posted on 02/16/2005 9:12:10 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: El Gran Salseron
So now these blustering fools claim to have the capability to shoot down satellites?

Sure, they only to shout up "Hey, you 72 virgins, kick down that satellite with your babouches (slippers)!"

LOL

21 posted on 02/16/2005 9:15:00 AM PST by Marguerite
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To: Valin
Russians exporting fine designs like Chernobyl now ? Daylam is about 150km from Bushehr, where a controversial nuclear plant is being built with Russian help.

Not Uncle Sam for sure, we wouldn't miss by 150km :)

22 posted on 02/16/2005 9:16:08 AM PST by 1066AD
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To: april15Bendovr
If we go after Iran and Syria we can expect more decent from liberals in America. Liberals don't like their socialist comrades dis-empowered

Decent = Disent?

23 posted on 02/16/2005 9:23:14 AM PST by Go Gordon
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To: Go Gordon

thanks for the correction


24 posted on 02/16/2005 9:27:32 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: Valin

If it had been us, there would have been multiple blasts and something of value would havebeen destroyed.


25 posted on 02/16/2005 9:40:31 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Valin

If it had been us, there would have been multiple blasts and something of value would have been destroyed.


26 posted on 02/16/2005 9:40:45 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Valin

Got it... Thanks!


27 posted on 02/16/2005 10:00:12 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: Eurotwit

There is no Kurdish area in north of Iran


28 posted on 02/16/2005 10:06:51 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

There are approximately 4 million Kurds in Iran. They are the third most important ethnic group in the country after the Persians and Azarbaijanis and account for about 9 percent of the total population. They are concentrated in the Zagros Mountain area along the western frontiers with Turkey and Iraq and adjacent to the Kurdish populations of both those countries

http://countrystudies.us/iran/40.htm


29 posted on 02/16/2005 10:12:32 AM PST by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit

A muslim from the U.N. says that Iran has no weapons capability, and we are supposed to believe him?


30 posted on 02/16/2005 10:17:59 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free
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To: Eurotwit

They mostly live in west of Iran however there are some kurds in NE of Iran but not in north by the caspian sea.


31 posted on 02/16/2005 10:18:57 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

Alright.


32 posted on 02/16/2005 10:21:13 AM PST by Eurotwit
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To: trebb

Maybe a warning shot. There seems to be confusion amongst terrorists when they are struck by their own approach of deniable involvement. Whoever is behind this, perhaps a work of God, should score an additional point for making mullahs give the bizarrest of stories only second to their 10m martyrs.


33 posted on 02/16/2005 5:42:51 PM PST by Reza2004
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To: Scotsman will be Free
we are supposed to believe him?

"There is no genocide in Sudan" - Kofi Annan (only 3,000,000 dead in the past ten years)

34 posted on 02/16/2005 5:47:49 PM PST by Marguerite
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To: Marguerite

"There is no genocide in Sudan" - Kofi Annan (only 3,000,000 dead in the past ten years)


I guess the threshold is 3,000,001.


35 posted on 02/16/2005 8:24:51 PM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Eurotwit

Never argue with a fighter pilot. He WILL shoot you down. ;^)


36 posted on 02/16/2005 9:08:24 PM PST by Amadeo
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To: Amadeo

I was hoping he was one of those Iranian F14 pilots.

I've heard they have got some trouble with maintenance and all :-)

Cheers.


37 posted on 02/16/2005 9:51:25 PM PST by Eurotwit
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