28 January 2013

Explosion in Iran; What's the "Real" Story

Beyond reading the headline, I didn't pay too much attention to reports of an explosion in Iran at a nuke site. As expected, much of the article is the usual "blah blah blah; random fact; Iranian denial; blame Israel" blather.

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".

At least, that's what I was expecting, except that I was still a bit floored by the opening 'graph (emphasis mine)

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.


By: Brant

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