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Unconfirmed explosion in Iran? A big deal or not?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:42 am    Post subject: Unconfirmed explosion in Iran? A big deal or not? Reply with quote

Numerous unconfirmed reports.
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Talk of bombing Iran surfaced in the news late last week when Israel's departing defense minister, Ehud Barak, said his country had written off plans to attack Tehran on its own in the face of a "surgical" plan put forth by the Pentagon.

Unconfirmed reports then surfaced within days that Iran's Fordow nuclear facility was severely damaged and up to 240 workers trapped inside. The explosion was reportedly confined to the plant, suggesting that if it was an airstrike, it doesn't get more "surgical" than that.

The Jerusalem Post cites a report by Reza Kahlili who said: “The blast shook facilities within a radius of three miles. Security forces have enforced a no-traffic radius of 15 miles, and the Tehran- Qom highway was shut down for several hours after the blast.”
Iran's official news agency IRNA promptly denied the explosion, claiming the news was simply the result of the Western media fueled "propoganda machine".

That might have ended the story there, but The Times of London's Israel correspondent Sheera Frenkel is confirming the incident through her own independent sources:

An explosion is believed to have damaged Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, which is being used to enrich uranium, Israeli intelligence officials have told The Times. Sources in Tel Aviv said yesterday that they thought the explosion happened last week. The Israeli Government is investigating reports that it led to extensive structural damage and 200 workers had been trapped inside.

One Israeli official said: “We are still in the preliminary stages of understanding what happened and how significant it is.” He did not know, he added, if the explosion was “sabotage or accident”, and refused to comment on reports that Israeli aircraft were seen near the facility at the time of the explosion.

Frenkel goes on to mention that Tehran has yet to evacuate the surrounding area, but it's unclear if that's because no harmful substances have been released or if the government is trying to avoid panicking local residents.

http://www.businessinsider.com/massive-explosion-reported-at-irans-fordow-nuclear-facility-2013-1

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Mystery over 'explosion' at Iran's Fordow nuclear site
Israeli and Iranian officials have both failed to explain the mystery of a reported explosion said to have rocked the notoriously impregnable Fordow nuclear site in Iran.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9831282/Mystery-over-explosion-at-Irans-Fordow-nuclear-site.html

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A report claiming that a mysterious blast rocked the Fordow uranium enrichment facility in Iran last week made headlines in Israel on Sunday, but remained unverified.

http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=301184

Iran says no, there wasn't.

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Iran denies explosion in Fordo enrichment facility. There has been no explosion in Fordo nuclear Facility, the deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Seyyed Shamseddin Barbroudi said on Sunday.

http://www.irna.ir/en/News/80517515/Politic/Iran_denies_explosion_in_Fordo_enrichment_facility

Thoughts? Since it hasn't been confirmed, nothing to get worked up about or is something really going down?
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12ax7



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's too early to tell. I'd wait and see what the satellite pictures have to say. I think caution is needed given the fact that the story was broken by an American conservative web publication (WND), the timing of it (shortly before talks involving Iran), and its source (Israeli intelligence).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, nothing to see here unless we tell you otherwise.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No explosion.
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