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Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran
Examiner ^ | January 26, 2013 | Christopher Collins

Posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday.

The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Iran’s nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.

“The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile. The explosion occurred Monday, the day before Israeli elections weakened Netanyahu’s political control,” said Kahlili.

“Iran, to avoid alarm, had converted part of the stockpile to fuel plates for use in the Tehran Research Reactor. However, days after the recent failed talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian officials announced the enrichment process will not stop even “for a moment.”

"The regime’s uranium enrichment process takes place at two known sites: the Natanz facility with more than 10,000 centrifuges and Fordow with more than 2,700. The regime currently has enough low-grade (3.5 percent) uranium stockpiled for six nuclear bombs if further enriched."

“However, more time is needed for conversion of the low-grade uranium than what would be needed for a stockpile at 20 percent. It takes 225 kilograms of enriched uranium at the 20-percent level to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb. However, according to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow, an explosion on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Tehran time rocked the site, which is buried deep under a mountain and immune not only to airstrikes but to most bunker-buster bombs.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fordow; fordowfacility; iran; irannuclear; irannuclearblast; israel; nukes
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1 posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Are these posts today all flowing from the WND story of the other day? One interesting coincidence is Drudge reporting that Israel is standing down from planning an air assault on Iran. If the reports of this explosion are accurate there would be less need to attack. Do the Israelis know because the explosion is the work of Mossad?


2 posted on 01/27/2013 8:54:43 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Another natural gas leak tragedy.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 8:54:53 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Post Israeli election result?


4 posted on 01/27/2013 8:56:29 AM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: blueunicorn6

Ironic or is it Iranic?


5 posted on 01/27/2013 8:56:56 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: xkaydet65

How sad(snicker)


6 posted on 01/27/2013 8:57:22 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: xkaydet65

My first thought


7 posted on 01/27/2013 8:57:48 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; justa-hairyape; onyx; SunkenCiv; blam; SierraWasp; Grampa Dave; GeronL; ...
Happened last Monday....multiple threads and reports on Google searches....all come back to same Reporter at WND.
8 posted on 01/27/2013 9:00:29 AM 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

God works in mysterious ways protecting Israel.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 9:01:07 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
.. to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb ..

I read somewhere that an actual bomb requires enrichment quite a bit higher than 90% ...

10 posted on 01/27/2013 9:01:26 AM PST by Ken522
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Heard this on John Batchelor’s show. Hope it is true, and hopefully all the trapped staff cannot be rescued - the “scientists” working on Auschwitz II in bomb form.


11 posted on 01/27/2013 9:02:20 AM PST by montag813
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To: blueunicorn6

The were digging underground and hit shale containing hydrocarbons..../s.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 9:03:51 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: blueunicorn6

“Another natural gas leak tragedy.”

or workplace violence.


13 posted on 01/27/2013 9:03:51 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It is amazing how many disasters this program of Iran has had. They lost the top military leaders while trying to mount a warhead to a missile. This is the second time in a couple months for Iran. Last year it was a virus. It looks like Israel is not going to be able to find a site to bomb.


14 posted on 01/27/2013 9:05:15 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: montag813

John Batchelor seems to have some vvery deep connections.....and I always believe him.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 9:05:59 AM 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

oops


16 posted on 01/27/2013 9:10:06 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: xkaydet65; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle
There is this thread which seems interesting:

Davos 2013: Kissinger says Iran nuclear crisis close

17 posted on 01/27/2013 9:10:47 AM 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; All

http://youtu.be/cJ83FanXp7c


18 posted on 01/27/2013 9:11:10 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; onyx; MestaMachine; GOPsterinMA; SkyDancer
Successful Troll is Successful!

This Pleases Netanyahu.

I bet Ubama is quite mad.


19 posted on 01/27/2013 9:12:19 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Don’t suppose that N. Korea missed and hit Iran?


20 posted on 01/27/2013 9:15:06 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: KC_Lion

These deep bunkers make excellent tombs. Let’s all hope these reports are true and that we have a big smoking hole in the ground with lots of radioactivity and corpses. Maybe they hit a gas pocket while digging some new tunnels..


21 posted on 01/27/2013 9:18:02 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: KC_Lion; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ah, I see said the blind man.


22 posted on 01/27/2013 9:19:21 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: xkaydet65

If that is what you think, maybe you shouldn’t broadcast it


23 posted on 01/27/2013 9:21:15 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: xkaydet65

People ridicule WND and dont give it credit as a ‘worthy’ news outlet, but they had this story days ago...


24 posted on 01/27/2013 9:21:22 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice underground installation ya got there...be a shame if something were to happen to it.


25 posted on 01/27/2013 9:23:15 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Does, ‘The previously secret nuclear site’ now = ‘big-@ss hole in the ground?’

Hope so! :)


26 posted on 01/27/2013 9:23:15 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That'll teach them not to serve beans in the cafeteria!

Whoops!

27 posted on 01/27/2013 9:26:11 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: onyx
What I mean is that the Israelis are halting the Iranians Nuclear Programs with or with/out Ubama, The UN or any other agency Blessing.

Bibi is defying them and getting results.

:)

28 posted on 01/27/2013 9:26:22 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have an alibi. It wasn’t me.


29 posted on 01/27/2013 9:28:45 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: KC_Lion

I understood that completely.


30 posted on 01/27/2013 9:30:49 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Even if they make it all up that gives them as much journalistic standards as the MSM.


31 posted on 01/27/2013 9:32:26 AM PST by Kadric
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To: onyx
Oh sorry my Dear,

I thought that little Lymrick meant someone DIDN'T understand it.

Opps.

32 posted on 01/27/2013 9:34:37 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

You’re always crystal clear!
:)


33 posted on 01/27/2013 9:35:27 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I would offer this observation...from the 240 folks deep below....they probably are among the best and brightest. So, it might be three years before you could assemble another team of such caliber from Iran, and go to the next round. It’d be like an NFL plane going down with an entire team...taking several years for them to rebuild.


34 posted on 01/27/2013 9:37:46 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, here’s a thought.

Why doesn’t somebody look up the Earthquake activity for the DAY in question and see if there seemed to be some significant ‘activity’ in that area, that day ???

I don’t see any significant activity a week ago (using Earthquake 3D), but it might not be listed on the source I’m using. Perhaps it was very weak. It should still show up on the logs.


35 posted on 01/27/2013 9:37:46 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: blueunicorn6

almost as bad as the canoe accident where I lost all my guns....../s


36 posted on 01/27/2013 9:38:14 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bkmk


37 posted on 01/27/2013 9:40:03 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: blueunicorn6

Bad falafels from the lunch wagon that day.


38 posted on 01/27/2013 9:41:52 AM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Does this surprise anyone? I’ve gotta imagine this “accident” has been years in the making.


39 posted on 01/27/2013 9:44:50 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
"God works in mysterious ways protecting Israel.
true...& the Mossad..he does; when ppl. have the confidence to
"help/assist" themselves...great tidings to whom it may concern.

40 posted on 01/27/2013 9:44:55 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I hope He’ll decide to protect the USA soon.

But then again, we may not be worth protecting in His opinion when we are trying, ever which way, to offend Him.


41 posted on 01/27/2013 9:48:23 AM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Ken522
I read somewhere that an actual bomb requires enrichment quite a bit higher than 90% ...

Nope. You can use lower enrichment with no problem, as long as you use the right component design (gun-type or implosion) and mass of enriched uranium.

The Hiroshima "gun-type" bomb used 64 kg of uranium. 50 kg were enriched to 88%, and 14 kg were enriched to 50%. The average enrichment was just under 80%.

The critical mass for 85% enriched uranium is approximately 50 kilograms / 110 lbs. This is a sphere about 6-3/4" in diameter.

The Hiroshima bomb, as a gun-design, was not even tested prior to dropping. The design concept was deemed so reliable it was considered guaranteed to work.

Approximately 21 to 30 ounces (est.) of the core mass actually converted into energy in the explosion. The explosive force was equivalent to 32,000,000 lbs of TNT - (16 kt = 32 million pounds).

42 posted on 01/27/2013 9:49:24 AM PST by muffaletaman (IMNSHO - I MIGHT be wrong, but I doubt it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nuclear fracking?


43 posted on 01/27/2013 9:55:28 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: xkaydet65
The origin of the story was Reza Kahlili
reporting on Thursday John Bachelor show.

He mentioned that Stuxnet was involved.


44 posted on 01/27/2013 9:56:48 AM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

God protects those who protect themselves.


45 posted on 01/27/2013 9:58:47 AM PST by aquila48
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To: yldstrk

I believe any party involved already KNOWS how this happened and the speculation on a right wing forum would have the impact of a spitball on the frontal armor of an Abrams tank. I don’t ascribe even that impact to any post I make here.


46 posted on 01/27/2013 10:00:07 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: onyx

hmmmmm....let me guess:

1. The Ox cart delivering the falafels had a little extra sauce in it. Iranian syrup has a certain “kick” to it.

2. Al-Qaeda suicide bombers got their addresses mixed up.

3. Yoko Ono blames it on fracking.

4. Iron Man and Thor were in the neighborhood...what the heck, test out the new weapon systems....Thor has a wicked backhand.

5. Achmed the dead terrorist cut the wrong wire....again!!! Dang it!!! Silence....I KILL YOU!!!!

6. Reports of a middle aged man stroking a white cat have not been confirmed.


47 posted on 01/27/2013 10:02:07 AM PST by Kolath
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "all come back to same Reporter at WND."
Yeah. I notice that to.
48 posted on 01/27/2013 10:08:52 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: yldstrk

“Do the Israelis know because the explosion is the work of Mossad?”

“If that is what you think, maybe you shouldn’t broadcast it.”
****************************************************

“In related news, Luxembourg, the Principality of Monaco, Barbados and the Republic of Kiribati have all been ruled out as suspects.”

Need I say it? /sarc


49 posted on 01/27/2013 10:10:30 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: morphing libertarian
"Ironic or is it Iranic?"

Israelic

50 posted on 01/27/2013 10:10:38 AM PST by blam
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