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Image shows Iranian missile site was destroyed
WaPo ^ | 11/28/2011 | Jason Ukman

Posted on 11/28/2011 12:15:58 PM PST by mojito

Two weeks after a mysterious explosion at an Iranian missile base, a Washington-based research group has released a satellite image showing extensive damage to the site.

The image of the compound, near the city of Malard, doesn’t provide any clues as to what caused the Nov. 12 explosion, which Iranian authorities described as an “accident” involving the transport of ammunition. But it does make clear that the facility has been effectively destroyed.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 201111; 20111112; explosion; iran; iraniannukes; malard; missiles; wmd
Not the Isphahan site from today, but the one from a couple of weeks ago.

Looks like professionals were in charge.

1 posted on 11/28/2011 12:16:07 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

checking the warheads with a hammer , not a good idea


2 posted on 11/28/2011 12:18:11 PM PST by molson209
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To: mojito

Ahh, that’s a shame. Bummer. Man, you can never be too careful, can you?


3 posted on 11/28/2011 12:20:03 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: mojito

...yeah, let’s take this with a grain of salt. I think when the Israelis stand down, it’ll be for sure.

I can see this being a propaganda move by: Iran, or Hussein, or maybe just an accident.

No doubt Hussein will take credit for it if possible...he wants to show the world he is “tough”, yet sensitive...


4 posted on 11/28/2011 12:22:34 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: GreenAccord

Shin Bet, “The shield that no one sees.”


5 posted on 11/28/2011 12:22:55 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: mojito

Israel apparently has the most cunningly brilliant team of saboteurs ever assembled on the ground there. God Bless and Godspeed.


6 posted on 11/28/2011 12:24:45 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mojito
When performing work with missiles, there are a variety of “volatile processes” that could cause an explosion, Brannan said.

You don't say...

7 posted on 11/28/2011 12:25:33 PM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Yes, it is not smart to check a wire by grounding it.


8 posted on 11/28/2011 12:27:44 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: mojito
This will fix their missile site.

9 posted on 11/28/2011 12:28:00 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Beware the Iranian F4

10 posted on 11/28/2011 12:29:19 PM PST by TSgt ("Romney" means "rino cult" in Kenyan)
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To: mojito
Looks like professionals were in charge.

Things happen when you use an oil latern to check the fuel levels.

11 posted on 11/28/2011 12:29:48 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: mojito

How many North Koreans were killed?


12 posted on 11/28/2011 12:31:17 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: mojito
Before:

After:

I don't think that was some random accident......

13 posted on 11/28/2011 12:36:32 PM PST by norcal joe
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To: norcal joe

Maybe the Israelis have this unbelievable secret weapon that can cause this amount of damage, and they were sending the Iranians a warning.


14 posted on 11/28/2011 12:44:06 PM PST by Signalman
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To: mojito

Here’s the recipe:

Stuxnet 2.0
Real Time Control
One spy monitoring the facility for important visitors

Mix well and push the button at just the right time.


15 posted on 11/28/2011 12:46:27 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: All

That secret weapons name: God.


16 posted on 11/28/2011 12:48:45 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: mojito

Shalom.


17 posted on 11/28/2011 12:53:11 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: mojito
Just a preview of what is in store for those who call for the destruction of 'the apple of God's eye'.

Zechariah 12:6 In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

18 posted on 11/28/2011 12:53:35 PM PST by BigFinn (The King is coming and He isn't riding a donkey this time.)
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To: norcal joe
I was looking for some perspective to see how big the complex is. Assume those ting roads are 30’ wide. Considering the debris craters to the south and north, I estimate an initial blast radius of about 300’. That levels everything in a 600’ diameter with structural damage extending out beyond that. That is one hell of an explosion.

It also appears some of the clean up had started before the photos were taken. So it's hard to effectively analyze where the epicenter(s) may have been. I can't see a crater. But you can see some pockmarked earth where large debris presumably landed. Damaged buildings 1000’ away? I don't think we have anything conventional that would suggest it was a missile strike. But I am not an expert (just an engineer).

I expect a lot of people were killed depending on the timing.

I wonder if they had “No Smoking” signs posted in the munitions storage facility.

19 posted on 11/28/2011 12:55:20 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals vote like clowns walking thru a minefield, oblivious to the consequences.)
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To: Tenacious 1

I’d bet it was an inside job.
More than a few Iranians want an end to this...


20 posted on 11/28/2011 1:03:01 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mojito

We were just testing out our new missile that can land anywhere on earth in less than an hour.


21 posted on 11/28/2011 1:23:11 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: TSgt
That would be hilarious if it were real. It's like a combo of the F-4 and XB-70. Added thrust, added weight, minimal armament, and no expanded fuel capacity. Combat radius of 20 mi.
22 posted on 11/28/2011 1:40:45 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: norcal joe

Nope. Looks pretty pinpoint to me.


23 posted on 11/28/2011 1:41:58 PM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: norcal joe

Do I see a flattened pickup truck in the middle of the carnage?


24 posted on 11/28/2011 1:42:16 PM PST by jimmygrace
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To: norcal joe

I see burst patterns but no craters within the outlines of the two destroyed buildings.

Wonder how that happened? Hmm. Kinda makes ya think, don’t it? Kind of a puzzle. A brain-teaser.

I’m guessing the Mullahs are doin’ some investigatin’ these days.


25 posted on 11/28/2011 1:45:02 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: molson209

Maybe it was one of those gremlins from the Bugs Bunny cartoon.

26 posted on 11/28/2011 1:49:58 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: norcal joe

So, this is unrelated to the ‘huge explosions’ reported in Iran today? The ‘after’ image is dated Nov 22.


27 posted on 11/28/2011 1:50:04 PM PST by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Tenacious 1

Anyone have the exact location?

I found a nuke facility about 5 miles from the center of Malard.

35.730892° 51.005285°


28 posted on 11/28/2011 2:00:18 PM PST by luckybogey
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To: mojito

Looks like it got bombed by something.


29 posted on 11/28/2011 2:24:56 PM PST by rbg81
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To: mojito

Maybe a missile. If the Iranians identified it as such I think they would not admit it because it would require them to go to war way before they are ready or lose a lot of “face” which is an extremely important consideration for them.


30 posted on 11/28/2011 2:55:55 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: mojito

If Israel is behind the explosions, which is a safe bet, it means Israeli agents are operating undetected under the noses of the Iranians, which is a credible scenario.


31 posted on 11/28/2011 2:58:21 PM PST by Spok (Who Is Samuel Zemurray?)
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To: mojito

One of the two buildings listed as destroyed is where the initial blast occurred, the second building exploded sympathetically. The blast damage radiates out from those two buildings.


32 posted on 11/28/2011 3:03:26 PM PST by fso301
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To: Dogbert41

Paging Patrick McClanahan. Pick up the white courtesy phone.

I think the simplest answer is really that they cut the red wire, when they should have cut the blue wire.


33 posted on 11/28/2011 3:27:17 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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34 posted on 11/28/2011 4:00:41 PM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: Maverick68

I have hunch that it was something much more mundane, though probably as difficult to track down.


35 posted on 11/28/2011 4:31:22 PM PST by Melas (u)
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To: norcal joe

Ya know God said this would happen.
Looks like another work related asskident


36 posted on 11/28/2011 4:32:41 PM PST by Tigen (I shall raise you one .)
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To: Tenacious 1

Another indicator of scale is in the upper right hand portion of the complex there appears to be a soccer field. That was a big explosion.


37 posted on 11/28/2011 4:42:04 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: norcal joe

I dont see any crater, a fuel air bomb?


38 posted on 11/28/2011 4:55:59 PM PST by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: norcal joe

according to my better half, if it’s the same magnitude of explosion (richter scale?) as seen in the early stages of N Korea and also Iran, it’s likely testing/processing, underground type, that destroyed the buildings - photos could be compared to historical of named countries

repeatedly exploding plutonium to compress matter into denser package - turning a railcar into a cargo container into an automobile into a basketball into a golfball so-to-speak - this looks like an ooopsie. jmo


39 posted on 11/28/2011 5:00:08 PM PST by blueplum
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To: RaceBannon

I was wondering and will be interested to read the replies.


40 posted on 11/28/2011 5:12:54 PM PST by aposiopetic
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To: mojito

Gee, are they calling the explosion today an accident as well? What was that Ian Flemming line? “Once is accident, twice is coincidence, three times it’s enemy action?”


41 posted on 11/28/2011 5:17:07 PM PST by SoJoCo
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To: Buckeye McFrog

An equally likely culprit is the Saudi’s.

The plot on their ambassador was payback for the earlier incidents.

They are now responding to that act of war with war.


42 posted on 11/28/2011 5:26:16 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mojito.
Two weeks after... the Nov. 12 explosion, which Iranian authorities described as an "accident" involving the transport of ammunition... it does make clear that the facility has been effectively destroyed.

43 posted on 11/28/2011 7:56:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: norcal joe

Would you mind sharing the Google Earth coordinates for that?


44 posted on 11/28/2011 10:55:27 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: luckybogey

I see cooling towers. Where are the reactors? Looks more like a natural gas power plant to me...


45 posted on 11/28/2011 11:14:20 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

I spoke too soon. This is apparently the Montazer Ghaem Gas Turbine Power Plant using GE9001E gas turbines.


46 posted on 11/29/2011 7:11:05 AM PST by luckybogey
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To: mojito

Softening up the target


47 posted on 11/29/2011 9:09:17 AM PST by dervish (female candidates: the last frontier)
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To: luckybogey

The coordinates of the severely damaged site are:
35° 37.450’N 50° 52.422’E

It was hit with multiple strikes, likely small-diameter GBU-39/40s. The blast damage to the building just to the left of the central road is interesting. The roof was blown off the structure and either flipped or was lifted to the right of its original location. Other buildings had heavy damage. There is no way ths was local sabotage or an accident. It could only have come from the air.


48 posted on 12/01/2011 2:14:35 PM PST by Corky Boyd
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To: Corky Boyd

Thanks. I was looking north of highway 38 near Yusefabad. Interesting the “accident” happened during the middle of the day? Notice the bunker entrance about two miles to the east.

You are most likely correct on the SDB or aka “Sharp Hail”

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=194285


49 posted on 12/01/2011 6:09:15 PM PST by luckybogey
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