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Iowanian
02-16-2005, 08:17 AM
Did we just throw down the gauntlet?

Report: Explosion Rocks Iran Province
Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Iranian state television reported that an unknown aircraft fired a missile in a deserted area near the southern city of Dailam in the Bushehr province, the location of a nuclear power plant. The network later said, however, that the explosion may have been caused by a fuel tank dropping from an Iranian plane.

"A powerful explosion was heard this morning on the outskirts of Dailam in the Bushehr province. Witnesses said that the missile was fired from an unknown plane 20 km [12 miles] from the city," Iran's Arabic language Al-Alam said, Reuters reported.

Israeli security officials said their military was not involved with the blast. The Russian embassy in Tehran later said there was no attack on the nuclear power plant, Reuters reported.

On the alliance issue, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref (search), after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari, told reporters in Tehran: "We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats."

"This meeting, which takes place at this sensitive time, is important, especially because Syria and Iran face several challenges and it is necessary to build a common front," he added.


Both Iran and Syria are in the midst of international disputes with the United States.

In one sign that the situation in Syria is far from rosy, the United States on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to that country in a sign it's far from pleased with Damascus after Monday's killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Al-Hariri, credited with rebuilding post-civil war Lebanon (search), was killed in a bombing.

There are suspicions that Syria somehow was involved in the assassination. The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Lebanon catch bring those responsible for Hariri's slaying.

U.S. officials are considering imposing new sanctions on Syria because of its refusal to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Lebanon and the U.S. belief that Syria lets Palestinian militants and Iraqi insurgents operate on its soil. But the international community has to be behind those sanctions in order for them to be effective, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison told FOX News on Wednesday morning.

"Once again, it takes away a lot of the leverage of the world to try to help people who want to be free," she said, referring to how some countries see unwilling to force sanctions upon Syria.

"We don't have anyone standing up saying, 'we should have sanctions, we should act swiftly, to show Syria and the world that the people of Lebanon can stand up on their own determination.'"

U.S. officials say Syria's military presence and its political power-broking role were generally responsible for Lebanon's instability. Syria also denies accusations that it supports terrorism.

Iran is also on America and the international community's watch list.

President Bush has branded Iran part of an "axis of evil" along with pre-war Iraq and North Korea and dubbed Iran "the world's primary state sponsor of terror." He also has accused Tehran of attempting to build up its nuclear program in order to make nuclear weapons; Iran argues that its program is legitimate and only for electricity generation.

Not helping matters was The Washington Post article on Sunday that quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying the drones have been flying over Iran for nearly a year to seek evidence of nuclear weapons programs.

Iran's intelligence chief on Wednesday accused the United States of flying spy drones over its nuclear sites and threatened to shoot down the unmanned surveillance crafts.

"If any of the bright objects come close, they will definitely meet our fire and will be shot down. We possess the necessary equipment to confront them," Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Rausch
02-16-2005, 08:19 AM
Israel or accident?

:hmmm:

bkkcoh
02-16-2005, 08:23 AM
Israel or accident?

:hmmm:



<a href=" http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=13075" target="_blank">MSNBC Link</a>



Iran TV: Explosion may have been accidental
Plane may have dropped fuel tank; earlier reports suggested attack
BREAKING NEWS
MSNBC News Services
Updated: 9:19 a.m. ET Feb. 16, 2005

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian state television said Wednesday an explosion near Deilam may have been caused by a fuel tank dropping from an Iranian airplane in the region.
Iranian TV had earlier reported an explosion and the shooting off of anti-aircraft fire in the region of an Iranian nuclear facility.
"A powerful explosion was heard this morning on the outskirts of Deilam in the Bushehr province. Witnesses said that the missile was fired from an unknown plane 12 miles from the city," Iran's Arabic language Al-Alam said, according to Reuters.
A spokesman for Iran's Interior Ministry said Wednesday that he could not confirm the television reports.
"We cannot confirm the reports at this point. We are checking," said the Interior Ministry spokesman, Jahanbakhsh Khanjani.
Iran's Russian-built 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor, its only nuclear power plant, is due to start operating in Bushehr province in late 2005.
© 2005 MSNBC Interactive
URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6979561/

Iowanian
02-16-2005, 08:25 AM
It would be a damn shame if they took thier own nuke facility out themselves.

I thought maybe after Iran and Syria had been talking so much trash the past couple of days, that they got slapped accross the lips with a white glove in a closed fist.

bkkcoh
02-16-2005, 08:25 AM
<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,147764,00.html" target="_blank">Fox News Link</a>



Report: Explosion Rocks Iran Province
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

An aircraft reportedly fired a missile near the southern city of Dailam in Iran on Wednesday as both Iran and Syria said they will unite against any challenges or threats to their nations' livelihoods.
Iranian state television reported that an unknown aircraft fired a missile in a deserted area near the southern city of Dailam in the Bushehr province, the location of a nuclear power plant. The network later said, however, that the explosion may have been caused by a fuel tank dropping from an Iranian plane.
"A powerful explosion was heard this morning on the outskirts of Dailam in the Bushehr province. Witnesses said that the missile was fired from an unknown plane 20 km [12 miles] from the city," Iran's Arabic language Al-Alam said, Reuters reported.
Israeli security officials said their military was not involved with the blast. The Russian embassy in Tehran later said there was no attack on the nuclear power plant, Reuters reported.
On the alliance issue, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref (search), after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari, told reporters in Tehran: "We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats."
"This meeting, which takes place at this sensitive time, is important, especially because Syria and Iran face several challenges and it is necessary to build a common front," he added.
Both Iran and Syria are in the midst of international disputes with the United States.
In one sign that the situation in Syria is far from rosy, the United States on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to that country in a sign it's far from pleased with Damascus after Monday's killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Al-Hariri, credited with rebuilding post-civil war Lebanon (search), was killed in a bombing.
There are suspicions that Syria somehow was involved in the assassination. The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Lebanon catch bring those responsible for Hariri's slaying.
U.S. officials are considering imposing new sanctions on Syria because of its refusal to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Lebanon and the U.S. belief that Syria lets Palestinian militants and Iraqi insurgents operate on its soil. But the international community has to be behind those sanctions in order for them to be effective, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison told FOX News on Wednesday morning.
"Once again, it takes away a lot of the leverage of the world to try to help people who want to be free," said the Texas Republican, referring to how some countries see unwilling to force sanctions upon Syria.
"We don't have anyone standing up saying, 'we should have sanctions, we should act swiftly, to show Syria and the world that the people of Lebanon can stand up on their own determination.'"
U.S. officials say Syria's military presence and its political power-broking role were generally responsible for Lebanon's instability. Syria also denies accusations that it supports terrorism.
Iran is also on America and the international community's watch list.
President Bush has branded Iran part of an "axis of evil" along with pre-war Iraq and North Korea and dubbed Iran "the world's primary state sponsor of terror." He also has accused Tehran of attempting to build up its nuclear program in order to make nuclear weapons; Iran argues that its program is legitimate and only for electricity generation.
Not helping matters was The Washington Post article on Sunday that quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying the drones have been flying over Iran for nearly a year to seek evidence of nuclear weapons programs.
Iran's intelligence chief on Wednesday accused the United States of flying spy drones over its nuclear sites and threatened to shoot down the unmanned surveillance crafts.
"If any of the bright objects come close, they will definitely meet our fire and will be shot down. We possess the necessary equipment to confront them," Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said.

Cochise
02-16-2005, 08:26 AM
Since when do those fuel tanks get dropped when they're still full?

bkkcoh
02-16-2005, 08:30 AM
Since when do those fuel tanks get dropped when they're still full?


Pilot error!

It wasn't mentioned what type of plane it was, maybe it was fighter jet that accidently dropped an extrernal tank.

I like the fact that Israel quickly denied having anything to do with the action....

Radar Chief
02-16-2005, 08:31 AM
Pilot error!

It wasn't mentioned what type of plane it was, maybe it was fighter jet that accidently dropped an extrernal tank.

I like the fact that Israel quickly denied having anything to do with the action....

Wasn’t me!!

bkkcoh
02-16-2005, 08:32 AM
Wasn’t me!!

Has anyone heard from B2chiefsfan????? :hmmm:

Bwana
02-16-2005, 08:58 AM
Iran's intelligence chief on Wednesday accused the United States of flying spy drones over its nuclear sites and threatened to shoot down the unmanned surveillance crafts.
"If any of the bright objects come close, they will definitely meet our fire and will be shot down. We possess the necessary equipment to confront them," Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi said.




We have admitted flying drones around the area, it's common knowledge. A drone should be easy to shoot down, lets see how they do against B2 stealth bombers and cruise missiles. :) Just keep it up with the nuke crap and you will have your chance to take your best shot Baghdad Bob Jr.

beavis
02-16-2005, 10:12 AM
Who else thinks mememe is furiously surfing DU right now looking for "hard evidence" that it was us that did this?

Bootlegged
02-16-2005, 10:16 AM
Who else thinks mememe is furiously surfing DU right now looking for "hard evidence" that it was us that did this?

DU is too soft for her. She is on www.tehranobserver.com stirring it up on the message boards.

Bootlegged
02-16-2005, 10:17 AM
DU is too soft for her. She is on www.tehranobserver.com stirring it up on the message boards.

wow...I had no idea this is a real site. Interesting.

Loki
02-16-2005, 10:17 AM
Israel or accident?

:hmmm:


that's what i was thinking...

(if it was us, we would have hit the target... ;) )

StcChief
02-16-2005, 10:23 AM
that's what i was thinking...

(if it was us, we would have hit the target... ;) )

Exactly. Isreal would not have missed.

Accident until proven otherwise.

Loki
02-16-2005, 10:28 AM
Exactly. Isreal would not have missed (either).

Accident until proven otherwise.

fixed that for ya...

Braincase
02-16-2005, 10:36 AM
I'm betting it was North Korea.

Taco John
02-16-2005, 10:37 AM
Who else thinks mememe is furiously surfing DU right now looking for "hard evidence" that it was us that did this?



I don't understand why the first thing you people think about is Denise. I can't remember once ever wondering what Denise is thinking.

Penny for your thoughts?

Taco John
02-16-2005, 10:42 AM
Iran explosion linked to dam construction work - reports


http://home.eircom.net/content/irelandcom/breaking/5020433?view=Eircomnet

Taco John
02-16-2005, 10:42 AM
Jumpy fuggers, aren't they?

Cochise
02-16-2005, 10:43 AM
From what I read, Iran only has one nuclear reactor and it is supposedly not even going to be in operation until later this year.

It would be a shame if some unfortunate explosion occurred before then to render it useless.

KCTitus
02-16-2005, 11:22 AM
Have a drone fly over and drop a brick of Black Cats...that'll get em hopping!

redbrian
02-16-2005, 11:59 AM
Since when do those fuel tanks get dropped when they're still full?

Since they put an Iranian in the pilot seat.