Is This The Start Of Something Big?

Unless the Iranians are insanely careless when moving ordnance around an “ammunition depot”, it’s unlikely that an explosion of this size was an accident, especially if reports are true that this was actually a highly secret missile base, a senior Guard commander was killed and/or that two consecutive explosions occurred in two IRGC bases.

Mystery surrounds deadly blast at Iran ammunition depot

Mystery surrounds yesterday’s explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot that was so large it was felt and heard almost 30 miles away in Tehran.

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The Fars News Agency, which is connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reported on Sunday that the IRGC “strongly dismissed certain baseless reports” that the explosion was “related to nuclear tests or transport of missile warheads.”

“The blast happened during the transportation of [conventional] ammunition,” said the IRGC press chief General Ramazan Sharif. Some 15 soldiers had been “martyred,” he said, dialing down initial estimates of 40, though some of the wounded were in critical condition.

See also:
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Accidental explosion at Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot kills 17 west of Iran’s capital
Iran explosion at Revolutionary Guards military base
17 killed in Iran base blast
Iran exile group claims blast near Tehran hit closely guarded missile base
Iran exile group claims blast hits missile base
Iran exile group claims blast hits missile base
Iran Exile Group Claims Blast Hits Missile Base
Iran Guards: Officer killed in blast a ‘martyr’
Iran: Dead Guard commander was missile expert
Massive explosion in Iran kills 17
17 killed in massive explosions at munitions depot near Tehran
Iran: Top Revolutionary Guard commander among those killed in blast
US blog: Mossad behind Iran blast
Israelis wonder about deadly Iranian missile-site explosion

Was this Israeli orchestrated sabotage of an Iranian test, related to Iran’s nuclear weapons program or, perhaps, a U.S. B-2 strike, based on timely intelligence? Either possibility could be a plausible explanation for what occurred. One thing’s for damn sure, if it turns out that, indeed, two separate IRGC bases were hit near simultaneously, it wasn’t an accident.

/in any case, keep the Iranian “accidents” coming, they’re much easier to sell to the international community and much less disruptive to world markets than belligerent acts of war by foreign powers

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Our Friends, The Crazy Ass Saudis

How bad is the Saudi’s irrational, paranoid Jew hatred? Pretty bad.

Saudi Arabia ‘detains’ Israeli vulture for spying

Saudi Arabian officials have “detained” a vulture on accusations of being a spy for Israel, media reports say.

The griffon vulture was carrying a GPS transmitter bearing the name of Tel Aviv University, prompting rumours it was part of a Zionist plot.

Israeli wildlife officials dismissed the claims as ludicrous and expressed concern about the bird’s fate.

Last month, Egyptian officials implied the Israeli spy agency Mossad was to blame for shark attacks off its coast.

Finally, reality creeps through the delusions.

“Spy Vulture” Cleared Of Espionage Charges

Following widespread (and embarrassing) news coverage, the vulture captured in Saudi Arabia and reportedly “arrested” on charges of espionage will be released. Israelis told Sky News that associating the migrating vulture with Mossad – one of Israel’s intelligence agencies – was a product of an “overactive imagination.”

Emirates 24/7 meanwhile quotes Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud, who acknowledged that the GPS bracelet fitted to what is actually a bald eagle is legitimate, and not “Israeli spy systems arsenal.” He accused local media of sensationalizing the story without checking the facts.

See also:
Saudi Arabia ‘detains’ Israeli vulture for spying
Saudis Expose Dastardly Zionist Vulture Plot
For the Birds: Saudi Arabia ‘Detains’ Vulture for Possible Espionage
Vulture Spy Arrested in Saudi Arabia
Vulture held as Mossad spy by Saudi Arabia
Israel denies vulture detained by Saudis is a spy
Bird expert calls for release of ‘vulture spy’
Saudis to free Israeli vulture
‘Zionist Spy Vulture’ to be freed
Saudi Arabia Releases ‘Zionist Spy’ Bird of Prey
Saudi Arabia frees vulture suspected of spying for Israel
Mossad vulture free to fly away

Free the Jew bird! You just can’t make this stuff up.

/and remember, we’re dependent on these loonies for our oil

Who’s Killing Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?

Is it the CIA, MI6, Mossad, Iran itself? Who knows? It really doesn’t matter, as long as they keep turning up dead it’s all good.

Bomb Attack Killed Distinguished Iranian University Professor

Two separate terrorist attacks on Iranian professors in Tehran today killed a distinguished university professor and injured another academician, IRNA reported.

Professor Majid Shahriari lost his life after unknown assailants driving a motorcycle attacked his car when he was on his way to Shahid Beheshti University accompanied by his wife who is in good condition at a nearby hospital.

Another attack directed against professor Fereydoun Abbasi also occurred at about the same time by unknown assailants. Abbasi received some injuries after the attack but he is in stable condition.

Today’s incidents resemble a similar attack on Iranian nuclear scientist Masoud Alimohamadi last January in front of his home. He was killed by a booby-trapped motorcycle parked near place of resident.

See also:
A physicist killed, another injured in terrorist explosions in Tehran
Spokesman Blames West for Involvement in Assassination of Iranian Scientists
West behind recent terror acts in Tehran, Iran says
West behind latest attacks, Iran says
Iran Accuses Israel of Attacks on Scientists
‘Iran bomb attacks show enemy despair’
Iranian nuclear scientist ‘killed by Mossad or the CIA’
Iran blames British Secret Intelligence Service for attack on nuclear scientists
Report: Revolutionary Guards behind attack on nuke scientist
Is the Mossad Targeting Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?
Yossi Melman: Mossad, MI6, the CIA and the case of the assassinated scientist
Missing or killed Iran scientists

If you’re an Iranian nuclear scientist, you’ve got to be thinking long and hard about your safety right about now and possibly even defecting to the West. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if these Iranian scientists have been contacted by Western intelligence services and given the choice, work for us or else.

/assassination, doing the work that Stuxnet can’t

Who Are These People And Where Are They Now?

Recognize anyone?

/AFP

Dubai police identify 11 suspects in Hamas official’s death

Dubai police Monday identified 11 people suspected in the killing of a top Hamas official last month and vowed “to hunt them down.”

At the same time, police offered a chilling scenario of how Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founding member of Hamas’ military wing who had survived at least three other previous attempts on his life, was killed in his hotel room January 19 just hours after arriving in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The 11 suspects identified Monday include one woman and 10 men. All of them hold valid European passports — one from France, three from Ireland, six from Britain, and one from Germany. None of the suspects has been arrested or charged in the killing.

According to police, the suspects arrived in Dubai the day before the killing. Five of them carried out the crime while the remaining six served as lookouts, police said.

Police identified a man from France as the logistical mastermind. Police allege the man stayed at a luxury hotel in Dubai, but also booked a room at the al Bustan Rotana hotel where al-Mabhouh was killed. The French suspect requested room 237 — directly across from where al-Mabhouh was staying in room 230, police say, but the suspect apparently never stayed there. Instead, police say the rest of the group used the room to plot the killing and the alleged mastermind left the country before it was carried out.

Footage on security cameras at Dubai International Airport show one of the suspects following al-Mabhouh after he landed, police said. Two others followed him once he arrived at the hotel, police said, taking the same elevator and ensuring al-Mabhouh was staying in room 230.

Police said they believe the suspects entered al-Mabhouh’s room about 8 p.m. after the hotel cleaning crew finished their rotation on the floor, using an electronic device to gain entry.

Al-Mabhouh entered his room at 8:25 p.m., hotel security cameras and an electronic readout of his room key show. Police say the killing took no more than 10 minutes before the suspects left the room and headed immediately to the airport where they boarded flights to various cities in Europe and Asia, police said.

Before leaving, police said, the group took great care to make sure the room looked orderly, removing anything that might indicate that al-Mabhouh resisted. The suspects also deliberately turned the safety lock on the room door from the inside in order to suggest the death was normal, police said.

Police did not provide details about the nature of the killing in its statement Monday, but authorities have told al-Mabhouh’s family that there were signs of five or six electric shocks on his legs, behind his ears, on his genitals and heart. Blood on a pillow led police to believe he was suffocated.

See also:
Dubai: Hamas man assassinated by 11 mercenaries
UAE: European team killed Mabhouh
Anatomy of an assassination
Hamas probing Dubai murder with help of Iran and Syria
Victim was tailed upon arrival
Dubai To Issue Arrest Warrants For 11 Suspects Over Hamas Leader’s Killing
11 European suspects behind Hamas official’s killing: Dubai police chief
Dubai accuses British passport holders of killing Hamas chief
Dubai claims Irish passports used in killing of Hamas chief
Video: Dubai police release footage of alleged Mabhouh killers
Medical Report Confirms Assassination by Strangulation- Al-Mabhouh’s Brother
Report: Mabhouh’s bodyguards couldn’t get plane tickets
Israel: Hamas commander killed in Dubai was key arms smuggler
Slain Hamas commander helped smuggle arms into Gaza, officials say
Slain Hamas Leader Tied to Arms Group
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

Gee, I wonder if the Mossad had anything to do with this assassination? You know they’re going to be blamed for it anyway.

/in any case, good riddance to bad Hamas rubbish, don’t [expletive deleted] with Israel

Consensus Building

As the dust continues to settle, a more consistent narrative is taking shape and setting up.

Missing channel pirate ship carried Russian arms for Iran

A CARGO ship that vanished in the Channel was carrying arms to Iran and was being tracked by Mossad, the Israeli security service, according to sources in both Russia and Israel.

The Arctic Sea, officially carrying a cargo of timber worth £1.3m, disappeared en route from Finland to Algeria on July 24. It was recovered off west Africa on August 17 when eight alleged hijackers were arrested. The Kremlin has consistently denied that the vessel was carrying a secret cargo. It claims the ship was hijacked by criminals who demanded a £1m ransom.

The official version was challenged by sources in Tel Aviv and Moscow who claimed the ship had been loaded with S-300 missiles, Russia’s most advanced anti-aircraft weapon, while undergoing repairs in the Russian port of Kaliningrad.

Mossad, which closely monitors arms supplies to Iran, is said to have tipped off the Russian government that the shipment had been sold by former military officers linked to the underworld.

The Kremlin then ordered a naval rescue mission which involved destroyers and submarines. Any evidence that the Kremlin had let advanced weaponry fall into the hands of criminals or be sold to Iran would be highly embarrassing, so military officials believe a “cover story” was concocted.

“The official version is ridiculous and was given to allow the Kremlin to save face,” said a Russian military source. “I’ve spoken to people close to the investigation and they’ve pretty much confirmed Mossad’s involvement. It’s laughable to believe all this fuss was over a load of timber. I’m not alone in believing that it was carrying weapons to Iran.”

The alleged hijackers, four Estonians, two Russians and two Latvians, will go on trial in Moscow. According to the Kremlin’s account, they boarded the Arctic Sea in the Baltic by claiming their inflatable craft was in trouble and then took over the ship at gunpoint.

Sources in Moscow suggested Mossad may have played a part in the alleged hijacking by setting up a criminal gang, who were unlikely to have known anything about a secret cargo. “The best way for the Israelis to block the cargo from reaching Iran would have been to create a lot of noise around the ship,” said a former army officer.

“Once the news of the hijack broke, the game was up for the arms dealers. The Russians had to act. That’s why I don’t rule out Mossad being behind the hijacking. It stopped the shipment and gave the Kremlin a way out so that it can now claim it mounted a brilliant rescue mission.”

According to Israeli military sources, Israel received intelligence that weapons bound for Iran were being loaded in Kaliningrad, a port notorious for gun runners. “A decision was then taken to inform the Kremlin,” said the source.

Had the S-300 missiles been delivered, Iran would have significantly strengthened its air defences. An Israeli air force source said that in the event of an attack on Iranian nuclear installations, such missiles could increase Israeli casualties by 50%.

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Sources who suspect Mossad’s involvement point to a visit to Moscow by Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, the day after the Arctic Sea was rescued. Peres held four hours of private talks with Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president. Although the Israeli foreign ministry would not be drawn on the Arctic Sea, it confirmed that the two leaders had discussed the sale of Russian weapons to countries hostile to Israel. According to Israeli officials, Peres received verbal guarantees from the Russians that they would not sell advanced weapons systems to Iran or Syria.

“Clearly the Israelis played a role in the whole Arctic Sea saga,” said a Russian military source. “Peres used the incident as a bargaining chip over the issue of arms sales to Arab states, while Israel allowed the Kremlin a way out with its claims to have successfully foiled a piracy incident.”

See also:
Arctic Sea ghost ship ‘was carrying weapons to Iran’
Was Russia’s ‘Hijacked’ Ship Carrying Missiles to the Mideast?
‘Times’: Mossad staged Russian ship hijacking
Ship hijack mystery deepens despite arrests
Russian Military Says to Check Arctic Sea Cargo
Best Explanation Yet, But Is It The Truth?

Okay, so the Mossad gets wind of a plot by Russian mobsters to illegally smuggle and sell sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Israel tips off the Russian government, but there’s a problem. If word of this illegal arms sale gets out, the Russian government will be highly embarrassed and lose face. So, a cover story unfolds whereby the Mossad arranges for a “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea which throws a monkey wrench in the mobsters’ plan and allows the Russian Navy time to swoop in and “rescue” the ship. It’s a win win for both Israel and Russia. The Israelis help stop the sale of advanced missiles to Iran, which would drastically complicate any future Israeli airstrikes against Iran and, instead of of looking like incompetent dumbasses, unable to keep track of the inventory of their most sophisticated weapons, the Russians come off looking like heroes, having recovered their ship and crew (and the missiles) from the “hijackers”. The Mossad dissapears and the Russians throw a thick security blanket over the whole episode and its aftermath, maintaining plausible deniability that there was ever any illegal attempt to smuggle and sell S-300 missiles in the first place.

/makes sense to me

Best Explanation Yet, But Is It The Truth?

‘Arctic Sea’ was carrying illegal arms, says general

A general close to the investigation into the mysterious voyage of the Arctic Sea has told a Russian newspaper that he suspected the ship was carrying a secret cargo of illegal weapons, as many conspiracy theorists have suggested.

The newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda, interviewed what it described as a senior general in the Russian Navy who had been close to the investigation. The general said that he knew far more than he could say openly at this stage, but his testimony, if genuine, represents the first concrete information to come out of the investigation, which has been shrouded in mystery.

He said the theory that the ship might have been carrying drugs was excluded from the beginning, but that the investigation had focussed on a possible weapons shipment, in particular S-300 or X-55 missiles bound for Iran, and sold by a “weapons mafia” involving top Russian officials but operating outside of the law.

The efforts which Russia put into recovering a ship that had a stated cargo worth less than £1m, has led many to suspect that there may have been a secret, embarrassing cargo.

“I think that if this journey had been successful, Russia could have ended up in a huge international scandal,” he said. “I think that for this reason the order was given from the top to start this huge naval operation. We caught the boat to make sure we didn’t end up in a nasty situation.”

See also:
Pirated ship ‘had missile cargo’
‘Ghost Ship’ Stash
Hidden in Plain View
The truth is adrift with the Arctic Sea
Russian press allege Mossad connection to ‘Arctic Sea’
Did Mossad hijack Russian ship to stop Iran arms shipment?
Op-ed hints Mossad snatched Russian ship
S-300PMU
S-300
X-55 Long Range Cruise Missile
Raduga Kh-55
New Day, New Story

Well, the illegal smuggling of sophisticated Russian missiles destined for Iran would certainly explain why the Mossad might be interested in the cargo and why the Russians would mount such a large naval operation to recover the ship. It certainly makes infinitely more sense than believing all this fuss unfolded over a wayward shipment of lumber. But is it the whole or even partial truth, who the hell knows?

/with the Russians and, allegedly, the Mossad involved, we may never get a straight answer that resembles the actual truth