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    Iranian missile expert killed in explosion

    A commander of the Revolutionary Guard killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot west of Tehran was a key figure in Iran's missile programme, the elite military force said .

    General Hasan Moghaddam was killed alongside 16 guard members on Saturday at a military site 25 miles south-west of Tehran. The Revolutionary Guard said the accident occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.

    It praised Moghaddam, saying it would not forget his "effective role in the development of the country's defence … and his efforts in launching and organising the Guard's artillery and missile units," according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

    The Revolutionary Guard is a key Iranian military force closely tied to the country's powerful clerics.

    Moghaddam headed a "self-sufficiency" unit of the armaments section.

    Iranian officials did not explain why Moghaddam was at the site at the time of the explosion.

    Saeed Qasemi, a Revolutionary Guard commander, said Iran owed its missile programme to Moghaddam. "A major part of [our] progress in the field of missile capability and artillery was due to round-the-clock efforts by martyr Moghaddam," Qasemi told the conservative news website rajanews.com.

    Another commander described Moghaddam as the "founder of the Guard's surface-to-surface missile systems".

    Parviz Soroori, an Iranian MP, was sure the blast was accidental.

    "No sabotage was involved in this incident. It has nothing to do with politics," Soroori was quoted as saying by the parliament's website, icana.ir.

    Qasemi said Moghaddam was one of a few Revolutionary Guard commanders favoured by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "The exalted leader had a special interest in him," he said.

    Iran's arsenal has missiles with a range of about 1,250 miles. The missile capability, along with Iran's nuclear programme, are among the reasons why Israel considers Iran its most dangerous enemy.

    The Revolutionary Guard, Iran's most powerful military force, is in charge of Iran's missile programme.

    Iranian missile expert killed in explosion | World news | The Guardian

    Hmmm. Do you think he had help getting to paradise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    The Revolutionary Guard said the accident occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.
    oops....

    "Live by the sword, die by the sword"

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    Well it's common knowledge the fucking things are shit anyway. They couldn't hit a cow's arse with a handful of rice, and they even photoshopped their own pictures to try and pretend there were more working than they claimed.

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    Wow, on some days we do get good news.

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    Don't get excited Ceburat, most of Iranian's decent missile designers are most likely Pakis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Parviz Soroori, an Iranian MP, was sure the blast was accidental. "No sabotage was involved in this incident. It has nothing to do with politics," Soroori was quoted as saying by the parliament's website, icana.ir.
    I,m allways suspicious when any incedent / accident occurs when people immediately go into denial / explanation mode , its not like anyone,s been accused of anything at this stage , but then again have they ?

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    Iranian missile expert killed in explosion

    Personally, I would have said that the "killed" bit kinda negates the "expert" bit........

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Parviz Soroori, an Iranian MP, was sure the blast was accidental. "No sabotage was involved in this incident. It has nothing to do with politics," Soroori was quoted as saying by the parliament's website, icana.ir.
    I,m allways suspicious when any incedent / accident occurs when people immediately go into denial / explanation mode , its not like anyone,s been accused of anything at this stage , but then again have they ?
    It's Iran. They have anti-government protests, they imprison, torture and kill protestors and they have the occasional terrorist attack.

    The MP's comments are purely to stop the opposition claiming responsibility and getting mileage out of it (along with pretty well every Sunni newspaper in the region).

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    Sabotage.

    Not a carelessly thrown ciggy, unless they're still using muzzle loaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    Sabotage.

    Not a carelessly thrown ciggy, unless they're still using muzzle loaders.
    It would not be the first pile of ammunition that blows up by accident.

    But given the timing I agree. One of their top experts present and the present crisis, big coincidence for an accident.

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    mossad ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    mossad ?
    More likely internal opposition groups, but not impossible.

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    ^ I suspect so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    mossad ?
    More likely internal opposition groups backed by the CIA and Mossad, but not impossible.
    Fixed that for ya.

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    This means trouble.
    Israeli secret service the Mossad linked to Iran military blast

    Israeli media report claims the Mossad was behind 'huge blast' at Bid Ganeh base that killed leading Iranian missile researcher

    Iran's suspected nuclear enrichment facility under construction at Qom. Reports claim the Mossad was behind a huge blast at a facility which killed a missile development pioneer. Photograph: AP

    A series of news reports linking Israel's intelligence agency the Mossad to a blast at a military facility in Iran, in which 17 people were killed and a further 15 wounded, has gained widespread coverage in the Israeli media on Monday.
    While Iranian officials insist the explosion at the Bid Ganeh base was accidental, caused by the movement of ammunition, claims from anonymous western and Israeli officials that Saturday's blast was a covert Israeli operation have gained momentum.
    Leading Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot picked up a post by US blogger Richard Silverstein claiming the Mossad had teamed up with Iranian militant group Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK) to execute the alleged attack. MEK denies involvement in the attack.
    Leftwing broadsheet Ha'aretz also led with reports that a western intelligence source quoted in Time magazine had claimed the Mossad carried out the attack in an attempt to stall Iran's development of a nuclear weapon. The official is said to have warned: "There are more bullets in the magazine."
    The blast at the base, which is reported to have been a storage facility for long-range missiles, was so powerful that it was said to have been felt 30 miles away in the capital, Tehran.
    Among those killed was Major General Hassan Moghaddam, the Revolutionary Guard Commander charged with "ensuring self-sufficiency" in armaments, and described by Iranian media as a pioneer in Iranian missile development.
    Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, responded to news of Moghaddam's death by saying: "May there be more like it."
    Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office refused to comment on growing speculation of the Mossad's involvement. Ilan Mizrahi, former head of the national security council and former deputy head of the Mossad, also would not be drawn into substantiating the claims: "I have no idea whether this blast was accidental or whether it was sabotage. But I will say God bless those who were behind it, because the free world should be doing its best to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear military capability."
    A recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report, based on the intelligence of 10 governments, presented images, letters and diagrams that suggested Iran was secretly working on nuclear weaponry.
    Both the US and France have offered close co-operation with Israel, threatening increased sanctions unless Iran responds with transparency to the nuclear watchdog report. Earlier this month, the Knesset debated the bombing of Iran to prevent further nuclear development, with Netanyahu and Barak said to supporting military strikes.
    "There is nothing in this latest IAEA report that Israel hasn't known for a long time. Their arsenal of long-range missiles is also too often overlooked. I believe a military strike is an option that should be put clearly on the table," Mizrahi said. "Something should be done to stop Iran. I think in the end [Israel] will stand alone."
    Iran's envoy to the IAEA says any nuclear development is for peaceful means and that the material evidence against has been fabricated by the US.
    Israel has been linked to several previous incidents in Iran similar to Saturday's explosion, including an explosion at a Shahab facility in south-western Iran in 2010 and a bomb attack earlier that year in Tehran, in which Iranian physicist Masoud Ali Mohammadi was killed.


    Israeli secret service the Mossad linked to Iran military blast | World news | The Guardian

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    Ha! I knew it was only a matter of time before we saw this article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    Ha! I knew it was only a matter of time before we saw this article.
    Of course.

    There has always been speculation of links between the Mujahedeen and the CIA/Mossad and the Mujahedeen have always denied it. There may be links and they may not even be aware of it.

    But this is in no way proof of involvement, merely idle speculation. Unlikely we will ever know or at least know soon.

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    Ahhh, this is more like it!

    An internal group co-operating with Mossad and US operatives.

    Quite a conspiracy, eh?

    I'm sure some nutty squirrel is gonna start doing the anti-tin-foil hat song and dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    anti-tin-foil hat song and dance.
    That exists? Links please...

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    Well let's put it this way, whatever happened it suits the Iranians to claim it was an accident and it suits the blue suede shoes to suggest that it was sabotage organised by them.


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    and the usual Israeli scum apologists like ENT are at work again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    anti-tin-foil hat song and dance.
    That exists? Links please...
    Check out a certain nutty squirrel's posts re those things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    and the usual Israeli scum apologists like ENT are at work again,
    Here we go, the tired old fascist at work again.

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