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Blast at Secret Syrian Missile Site Kills "Dozens" (Iranian Advisers)
The Times ^ | September 20, 2007 | James Hider in Jerusalem and Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Posted on 09/23/2007 4:31:31 PM PDT by DGHoodini

An accidental explosion in a secret weapons facility in Syria killed dozens of Syrian and Iranian military engineers as they were attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile, according to an authoritative military journal.

Fifteen military personnel and “dozens” of Iranian advisers died when the fuel for the missile caught fire and the weapon exploded, according to unnamed Syrian sources quoted by Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The report said that the explosion sent out a cloud of chemical and nerve gases, including the deadly VX and Sarin agents as well as mustard gas, across the facility in the northern city of Aleppo. The claims could not be verified independently by sources in London and the United States.

The official Syrian news agency, Sana, reported that 15 Syrian military personnel were killed and 50 others injured in an accident involving “very explosive products” on July 26. It made no mention of Iranian officers also being killed in the blast, which it said was not an act of sabotage.

Jane’s claimed that the engineers were trying to weaponise a Syrian-made Scud missile with a range of about 300 miles (480km) when the explosion occurred. The Syrians and Iranians are thought to have been working closely together on developing a more effective chemical warhead for the Scud ballistic missile system.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: attack; bomb; israel; scud; sept62007; syria
Those peace lovin Mullah!...
1 posted on 09/23/2007 4:31:33 PM PDT by DGHoodini
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To: DGHoodini
Too bad it wasn’t more.
2 posted on 09/23/2007 4:32:14 PM PDT by pnh102
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To: DGHoodini

There have been several threads about this somewhat ancient news.


3 posted on 09/23/2007 4:33:33 PM PDT by RightWhale (25 degrees today. Phase state change accomplished.)
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To: DGHoodini

And more were supposedly killed when Israel bombed the Syrians the other day.


4 posted on 09/23/2007 4:33:53 PM PDT by nuconvert ("Terrorism is not the enemy. It is a means to the ends of militant Islamism." MZJ)
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To: DGHoodini
attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile,

And the UN is going to call them on it and have them 'splain - NOT

5 posted on 09/23/2007 4:34:26 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: DGHoodini

Argh.

Dieing by VX nerve agent is about the most horrid thing I could possibly imagine.


6 posted on 09/23/2007 4:36:03 PM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built)
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To: DGHoodini

Were they all wearing “Milk Factory” shirts?


7 posted on 09/23/2007 4:36:30 PM PDT by Radix (When I became a man, I put away childish things!)
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To: DGHoodini

naaah... it was an “ass-burn” factory...


8 posted on 09/23/2007 4:37:41 PM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: RightWhale

This is one news item I’m happy to see posted over and over and over :)


9 posted on 09/23/2007 4:38:01 PM PDT by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs)
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To: DGHoodini

Couldn’t have happened to a better set of folks. Do you think they could do it again? Keep your fingers crossed


10 posted on 09/23/2007 4:41:28 PM PDT by Combat_Liberalism
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To: DGHoodini
Just give them a few more toys to play with and watch them blow each other into the 52 Virginians of the Gardens of Paradise.

There they can amuse themselves without playing whack-a-jewdle.

The Syrians are going to get smashed first, and the Iranians second. North Korea is third out and then the inning will change for the heavy hitters of the home team, and that means....game over, Mr. Ahminajihad.

What a needle dinked bug f**ker that little Islamic Hitler is. He too will soon join the 52 Virginians.LOL

11 posted on 09/23/2007 4:43:20 PM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: DGHoodini
Whoopsie!


12 posted on 09/23/2007 4:44:19 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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To: roaddog727
"Dieing by VX nerve agent is about the most horrid thing I could possibly imagine."

No doubt the shout was heard from those poor souls, "Don't VX me, bro!"

13 posted on 09/23/2007 4:44:49 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

I’m betting that all the victims were exposed to the WMD and the fuel explosion was just a quicker way to dispose of the problems both metaphorically and actually.


14 posted on 09/23/2007 4:49:12 PM PDT by Thebaddog (My dogs are asleep paws up)
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To: DGHoodini
ENGINEER: WHAT HAPPEN?
SHAITAN: YOU NOT KNOW WHAT YOU DOING.
ENGINEER: IT'S YOU!!
SHAITAN: HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN!!
SHAITAN: ALL YOUR SOUL ARE BELONG TO US.
SHAITAN: HA HA HA HA....
15 posted on 09/23/2007 4:52:00 PM PDT by RichInOC (ENGINEER: WHAT YOU SAY!!)
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To: RightWhale

Yeah, this ain’t breaking news......


16 posted on 09/23/2007 4:52:37 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The Flyin' Imams Since 11/20/06)
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To: DGHoodini

7th century assholes shouldn’t be playing with 21st century devices.....


17 posted on 09/23/2007 4:53:30 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: DGHoodini

Toooooo bad! :)


18 posted on 09/23/2007 5:07:30 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: river rat

North Korea, with the help of Russian Engineers started building Scuds back in the late 70’s through the late 80’s and began selling them to Iraq.

“the explosion sent out a cloud of chemical and nerve gases, including the deadly VX and Sarin agents as well as mustard gas”

No idea where that could have come from! /s


19 posted on 09/23/2007 5:12:35 PM PDT by BerryDingle
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To: river rat

7th century cultures with $trillions in oil revenues to play with. We should have “read the label on the box” before purchase. :^/


20 posted on 09/23/2007 5:14:05 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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To: river rat

Their OSHA Days without an accident board is now ..........0.

Come on guys, let’s be more careful.


21 posted on 09/23/2007 5:15:31 PM PDT by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: DGHoodini

Purchasing concrete from North Korea is a dangerous practice.


22 posted on 09/23/2007 5:17:55 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress; DGHoodini; RightWhale
"Purchasing concrete from North Korea is a dangerous practice."

True. They might have originally gotten it from China.

Who knows what could be in it?

23 posted on 09/23/2007 5:27:40 PM PDT by NicknamedBob ("The enemy of my enemy is an anemone." -- Nemo, and Nemo's father.)
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To: RightWhale
"There have been several threads about this somewhat ancient news incident."

Yes there have.

From different perspectives and different sources.

This is the first time this article has been posted as far as I can see.

It's not a bad thing that you and some others get all the information you need about a particular story with just a few of the first threads posted here at FR, but some of us like to flesh out the story from all sources available, and continue to watch for new stories and developments.

That is the purpose Freerepublic serves for myself and thousands of others.

24 posted on 09/23/2007 5:30:32 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: DGHoodini
Good article, thanks for posting it.

It’s nice to see the spin put out to cover up the real story of what happened there.

I notice in this sanitized version approved by the Syrians, Iranians and the North Koreans that there is no mention of the Korean and Iranian Terrorists killed in this “accident.”

25 posted on 09/23/2007 5:33:14 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Thanks for the bnackup Snchro. :o)

But I feel sure no insult was intended.


26 posted on 09/23/2007 5:38:40 PM PDT by DGHoodini
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To: DGHoodini
Image hosted by Photobucket.com maybe a .50" hole into the fuel tank helped it along some...
27 posted on 09/23/2007 5:40:46 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: Chode

Now *there’s* a pleasing thought! >BO)


28 posted on 09/23/2007 5:45:23 PM PDT by DGHoodini
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To: roaddog727

Yep. It is a horrific way to die. And if my old NBC training serves me correctly the stuff can stay potent for up to 14 days after release.


29 posted on 09/23/2007 5:49:14 PM PDT by CCGuy (USAF (Ret.))
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To: CCGuy
The Scud fuel system appears to be IRFNA and kerosene. Inhibited Red Fuming Nitric Acid would eat up just about everything in the immediate area.

That's not to say that VX and sarin and mustard weren't deadly, too. Gawdawful mess.

30 posted on 09/23/2007 5:57:35 PM PDT by stboz
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To: DGHoodini
>"a cloud of chemical and nerve gases, including the deadly VX and Sarin agents as well as mustard gas"

Damn Tooth Fairy giving syria all those WMDs!

31 posted on 09/23/2007 5:59:57 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Should beating an unconscious and bleeding person reaaaallly be a crime??? Fire the Jena 6)
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To: DGHoodini
...Iranian advisers died when the fuel for the missile caught fire and the weapon exploded,...

The 50 BMG sniper rifle is a wonderful thing, expecially when used against material targets.

32 posted on 09/23/2007 6:07:00 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: DGHoodini

Hope they were on the ground writhed about for a few hours.


33 posted on 09/23/2007 6:17:38 PM PDT by fso301
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To: DGHoodini

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34 posted on 09/23/2007 6:37:24 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, Fred, Run. :^)
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To: Chode

Those mean ‘ol Isrealis!


35 posted on 09/23/2007 6:46:35 PM PDT by dusttoyou (FredHead from the git go)
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To: DGHoodini

Iran knows Israel and maybe US is coming soon. They are gearing up to all out attack on Israel along with their puppet Syria.


36 posted on 09/23/2007 6:55:19 PM PDT by free_life
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To: LZ_Bayonet

Or it might have been a “gurgle, spaz, flop” kind of moment...


37 posted on 09/23/2007 7:08:41 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: skepsel

37 posts and no has said:

“Someone set us up the bomb! All your base are belong to us!”


38 posted on 09/23/2007 7:14:44 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: DGHoodini
But I feel sure no insult was intended.

Oh neither did I!

I imagine you are referring to my post #24. I was just expressing my views regarding the necessity of reading various viewpoints and articles about an important subject.

And my thanks to you for posting this article.

39 posted on 09/23/2007 7:15:58 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: DGHoodini
Re: "accidental explosion"

Are we really sure it was an "accident?" Maybe we (the good ol' U.S.A.) has some assets taking care of business (TCB as Elvis use to say) in far off lands with terrorist intent.

40 posted on 09/23/2007 7:25:09 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: DGHoodini

Karl Rove.... George Bush.... planted WMD's..... Rosie O'Donnell help us!!!!!!

41 posted on 09/23/2007 7:30:55 PM PDT by End_Clintonism_Now (<==== NOW MORE THAN EVER !!!!!)
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To: skepsel; RichInOC

Read more carefully. In particular post #15.


42 posted on 09/23/2007 7:31:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: DGHoodini

Children playing with matches.


43 posted on 09/24/2007 12:05:50 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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