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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Iranian Shehab-3 missiles were destroyed by... the Mossad?

Two weeks ago, I reported on a 'work accident' at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard facility in which Shehab-3 missiles were destroyed. The report hinted that nearby Kurds who were hostile to Iran may have had some connection with the incident.

Now, an Israeli site, basing itself on 'foreign sources' (apparently the French newspaper Le Figaro) (link in French), is reporting that the Mossad was behind the explosion that killed 18 members of the Revolutionary Guard (link in Hebrew). The one detail the Israeli site seems to have gotten wrong is that they have placed the facility close to Tehran, whereas the earlier reports put it 300 kilometers (about 180 miles) away.

Maan has picked up the story and translated it into English. Except that Maan says it was 500 kilometers from Tehran....
According to the news site, Mossad, Israel's spy agency, recruited Iranian agents who penetrated an ammunition storage area in the top-secret base in the city of Khoramabad, 500 kilometers southwest of the capital, Tehran.

The news site reported that Iran's Shehab-3 medium-range missile launchers were stored in the arms depot, "stocked for striking Israel in the event of war."

The Iranian government-backed IRNA news agency reported that the blast was caused by a fire that had reached the storage area, with most news sites saying the explosion was an accident.

A day after, Iranian MP Reza Rahiminasab told The Tehran Times that the blast was not a "terrorist incident."

“Other reports about the incident are rumors and should not be heeded,” he added.


At 4:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

No one's saying.

Your guess is as good as mine as to who might have been responsible for the destruction of those Shebab-3 missiles.


At 5:18 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

Conflicting, confusing, contradictory information makes it that much more difficult to pin blame on any particular actor. I'd be disappointed if it was otherwise.


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