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A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise
The Australian ^ | 11/30/2011 | Sheera Frenkel

Posted on 12/02/2011 1:11:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind

AN IRANIAN nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran's military and atomic sites are under attack. Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.

The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident".

The explosion at Iran's third-largest city came as satellite images emerged of the damage caused by one at a military base outside Tehran two weeks ago that killed about 30 members of the Revolutionary Guard, including General Hassan Moghaddam, the head of the Iranian missile defence program.

Iran claimed that the Tehran explosion occurred during testing on a new weapons system designed to strike at Israel. But several Israeli officials have confirmed that the blast was intentional and part of an effort to target Iran's nuclear weapons program.

On Monday, Isfahan residents reported a blast that shook tower blocks in the city at about 2.40pm and seeing a cloud of smoke rising over the nuclear facility on the edge of the city.

"This caused damage to the facilities in Isfahan, particularly to the elements we believe were involved in storage of raw materials," said one military intelligence source.

He would not confirm or deny Israel's involvement in the blast, instead saying that there were "many different parties looking to sabotage, stop or coerce Iran into stopping its nuclear weapons program".

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.com.au ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: accidents; dogofislam; economy; explosion; industrial; iran; mutthamed; nuclear; nukes
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1 posted on 12/02/2011 1:12:00 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe it’s that laser from Real Genius...


2 posted on 12/02/2011 1:13:44 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

oops!


3 posted on 12/02/2011 1:14:53 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: nuconvert

Ping.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 1:15:00 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those guys just can’t seem to put together a quality nuclear facility, can they?


5 posted on 12/02/2011 1:15:32 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Third World War began long ago. It’s great to see that someone, perhaps the Mossad, knows how to fight it, instead of with American troops dying to support “Islamic Republics.”


6 posted on 12/02/2011 1:16:50 PM PST by hellbender
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To: SeekAndFind

Article date is NOV 30, NOT DEC 2. The Nov 30 incident has been reported by numerous threads.

Mods need to pull this as thread title makes it appear as if its a new strike, today.


7 posted on 12/02/2011 1:17:47 PM PST by Justa
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To: WayneS

LOL!


8 posted on 12/02/2011 1:18:22 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I stand with Mr. Cain!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m looking forward to the before-and-after satellite images of this latest “denial”.


9 posted on 12/02/2011 1:18:27 PM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: SeekAndFind

If anyone ever deserved asymmetric warfare it is this Iranian government. Like them, I wonder where it is coming from?


10 posted on 12/02/2011 1:19:11 PM PST by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is old news...yuo should pull this thread.


11 posted on 12/02/2011 1:19:57 PM PST by O6ret (for)
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To: SeekAndFind

...he, he, he...


12 posted on 12/02/2011 1:21:39 PM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There was a thread today on 5 new weapons, a couple of which involved non-explosive, high speed kinetic energy projectiles/ cruise missiles. I don’t know how much in the way of identifying marks one of those would leave in the debris, and I doubt this has been done, but it is interesting that the article on these weapons surfaced this week. A little psy-ops maybe??


13 posted on 12/02/2011 1:22:30 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Oh, those pesky work accidents . . . .

Israel has its back against the wall. If this administration won't help, they will resort to self-help, and we will be kept in the dark.

Obama, alienating our best friends in the ME and forcing them to go it alone - although not entirely alone . . .


14 posted on 12/02/2011 1:22:58 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: SeekAndFind

Darn. What bad luck.


15 posted on 12/02/2011 1:23:38 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: justlurking


16 posted on 12/02/2011 1:25:07 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t you just hate when that happens?


17 posted on 12/02/2011 1:26:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: EEGator


18 posted on 12/02/2011 1:27:47 PM PST by GQuagmire ('Don't Piss The Lady Off'...)
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To: Bitsy
oops!

That's a lot of workplace accidents in such a short period of time. Probably aught to send OSHIA over there to have a look around. :)
19 posted on 12/02/2011 1:28:35 PM PST by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumbass Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: UCANSEE2

It looks like the soccer field is still in good shape!


20 posted on 12/02/2011 1:29:23 PM PST by Ken522
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