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Israel denies involvement in reported missile strike in Iran
Ha'aretz ^ | 16/02/2005

Posted on 02/16/2005 6:21:55 AM PST by IAF ThunderPilot

Iranian state TV reported Thursday afternoon that an unknown aircraft fired a missile in its Bushehr province, where Iran has its nuclear power plant. Israel quickly denied any involvement in the reported strike. Iran has complained in recent weeks that American surveillance aircrafts were penetrating Iranian airspace. Six weeks ago, Iran warned that it would fire on any aircraft that entered its airspace. "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 from the city," Iran's Arabic language Al-Alam said. According to the reports, the missile targeted an area south of the city of Dailam. Earlier Wednesday, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said during a visit to London, that Iran was six months away from having the knowledge to build a nuclear bomb. Iran's Russian-built 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor is due to start operating in Bushehr province in late 2005. Tehran insists, however, that the facility is to produce atomic energy and not for a weapons program. Iran, Syria to form common front Earlier Wednesday, Iran and Syria, both locked in rows with the United States, said they will form a common front to face challenges and threats. "We are ready to help Syria on all grounds to confront threats," Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref said in Tehran after meeting Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari. Otari told reporters: "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".

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: feb16iranblast; iran; southwestasia
Something fishy is going on.
1 posted on 02/16/2005 6:21:59 AM PST by IAF ThunderPilot
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2 posted on 02/16/2005 6:22:41 AM PST by IAF ThunderPilot (The basic point of the Israel Defense Forces: -Israel cannot afford to lose a single war.)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

"Something fishy is going on."

Yes, indeed.


3 posted on 02/16/2005 6:22:58 AM PST by PilloryHillary (Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

Relax !!

Iran is now saying: " Never mind. One of our planes accidentally dropped a fuel tank."

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&ncid=578&e=1&u=/nm/20050216/ts_nm/iran_blast_dc


4 posted on 02/16/2005 6:26:28 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

Hmmmmmmm. Either Israel and the US are doing a bit of testing or Iran is fixing to pull a stunt and blame the US and Israel for it. Maybe a stealth "BAM" on the mullahs is going on?!?!?


5 posted on 02/16/2005 6:27:15 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: genefromjersey
"A local source said the explosion could have been the result of the falling of an empty fuel tank from an Iranian plane,"

how does an empty fuel tank explode?

6 posted on 02/16/2005 6:35:17 AM PST by bored at work (Barack Obama . . . Iraq Osama . . . ?)
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To: bored at work

Come now, you can't expect them to use logic.


7 posted on 02/16/2005 6:41:06 AM PST by joedelta (Those who long for peace must prepare for war)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

There will be more than one explosion if/when Israel decides to act.


8 posted on 02/16/2005 6:44:45 AM PST by Akira (Experience is a hard teacher, but fools will have no other.)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

Maybe this is the mad mullah's version of 'wag the dog' --- wag the camel, maybe?


9 posted on 02/16/2005 6:57:06 AM PST by reagan_fanatic ("Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence" - R. Kirk)
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To: bored at work

The vapors in a fuel tank are more explosive than the fuel itself. Fuel must be vaporized/atomized to explode, like in a cars carburetor or with the injectors.

Gas will burn only at the surface of the liquid, where the vapors are.


10 posted on 02/16/2005 6:59:53 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (At first it was "Relief", then "Welfare", now it's "Entitlements". What will they call it next?)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
"than the fuel itself." should read "than liquid fuel."
11 posted on 02/16/2005 7:01:38 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (At first it was "Relief", then "Welfare", now it's "Entitlements". What will they call it next?)
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To: bored at work

Only if it is a center fuel tank.


12 posted on 02/16/2005 7:01:43 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland
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13 posted on 02/16/2005 7:02:43 AM PST by SJackson ( Bush is as free as a bird, He is only accountable to history and God, Ra'anan Gissin)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot
SONG TIME -- ALL YOUR NUKE PLANTS ARE BELONG TO US
14 posted on 02/16/2005 7:03:02 AM PST by doug from upland (Ray Charles --- a great musician and safer driver than Ted Kennedy)
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To: bored at work
And how does a fuel tank fall from an airplane??? That's as crazy as saying that Flight 800 climbed after the nose of the plane fell off.

Oh no! There's that "falling" theory again!

15 posted on 02/16/2005 7:07:30 AM PST by pctech
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To: IAF ThunderPilot
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said during a visit to London, that Iran was six months away from having the knowledge to build a nuclear bomb.

No, they have the "knowledge" right now. I believe Shalom means they're six months away from completing one.

16 posted on 02/16/2005 7:10:13 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: IAF ThunderPilot
"Something fishy is going on"

Yes indeed, as the article stated "Iranian state TV reported Thursday afternoon"
17 posted on 02/16/2005 7:14:14 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: Convert from ECUSA
Hmmmmmmm. Either Israel and the US are doing a bit of testing or Iran is fixing to pull a stunt and blame the US and Israel for it. Maybe a stealth "BAM" on the mullahs is going on?!?!?

Your guesses make a lot of sense. News reports say that we've been "testing" Iran's airspace for a year now. But did you notice how QUICKLY the Mad Mullah's claimed that an enemy was responsible? I'm wondering if they are going to pull a stunt as you say, and then try to blame the US or Israel? I feel sorry for the average Iranian who is saddled with such scum pretending to be their government, sigh.

18 posted on 02/16/2005 7:14:47 AM PST by Reborn
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To: bored at work
Well,if it is not quite empty,and it falls at 32fps squared,I would imagine it goes

BOOM !!!

19 posted on 02/16/2005 7:37:48 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: reagan_fanatic

More like 'wag the gherkin"..


20 posted on 02/16/2005 7:41:24 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Reborn; IAF ThunderPilot; SJackson; SirLurkedalot; sheik yerbouty; dennisw

One thing that seems to be common about the mutual enemies of Israel and the USA - they will do anything and say anything to put the blame on Israel and the USA for everything that has gone wrong since Adam and Eve. And blowing something up and saying the US and/or Israel did it to try and start trouble is an action I wouldn't put past any of them to do to us.


21 posted on 02/16/2005 7:55:32 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: PilloryHillary; IAF ThunderPilot

Other than the fuel tank theory being stated here,any of these scenarios are also likely,unless the Iranians staged it-

1.A token American or Israeli strike-highly unlikely or worthless in the longterm.

2.The Iranians shooting down a UAV-likely,but they have yet to show any proof of it.

3.One of Iran's aging anti-aircraft missiles like the Hawk or more recent Russian/Chinese purchases malfunctioning & crashing while trying to engage a contact-now that's highly likely,but very embarassing to accept!!!


22 posted on 02/16/2005 8:10:07 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

IDF bump!


23 posted on 02/16/2005 8:31:10 AM PST by onedoug
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To: genefromjersey; IAF ThunderPilot

My only regret is that the U.S. or Israel did not take out Iran's nuclear program. It needs to be done and done soon.


24 posted on 02/16/2005 8:37:00 AM PST by anotherview ("Ignorance is the choice not to know" -Klaus Schulze)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

The bad thing is the missile missed.


25 posted on 02/16/2005 9:00:54 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: anotherview

From what I've seen on the Global Security site,that would be a daunting task. It's pretty hard to get at underground facilities without some sort of bunker-busting nuke.

To brighten our day, Iran and Syria have just signed some sort of formal mutual defense agreement.


26 posted on 02/16/2005 9:07:27 AM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot; Berosus; blam; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; ValerieUSA

"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 from the city,"

sounds like the Iranians had a little accident, and cooked up the airplane story.


27 posted on 02/16/2005 9:11:24 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Ted "Kids, I Sunk the Honey" Kennedy is just a drunk who's never held a job (or had to).)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

Falling Fuel Tank May Have Caused Iran Blast (OOPS)
reuters | 2-16-05
Posted on 02/16/2005 6:34:31 AM PST by Indy Pendance
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1344342/posts


28 posted on 02/16/2005 9:18:33 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Ted "Kids, I Sunk the Honey" Kennedy is just a drunk who's never held a job (or had to).)
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To: SunkenCiv

the yahoo link now says it was explosive work at a Damn under construction......


29 posted on 02/16/2005 9:31:20 AM PST by is_is (VPD of Lcpl Daniel - USMC - Iraq)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot
Something fishy is going on.

Sounds to me more like the mullahs are just plenty jervous and nerky :)

Bwah hah hah hah hah.

30 posted on 02/16/2005 9:33:06 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: pctech

drop tank from an Iranian military aircraft.


31 posted on 02/16/2005 10:33:11 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: IAF ThunderPilot

Maybe this was a warning shot.


32 posted on 02/16/2005 10:45:28 AM PST by QQQQQ
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To: USNBandit

ahhhhhhhh, ok, I thought they were referring to a military aircraft


33 posted on 02/16/2005 5:05:59 PM PST by pctech
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To: pctech

Ever see the movie "1941"? Imagine the Iranian version.


34 posted on 02/16/2005 5:08:17 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: pctech
And how does a fuel tank fall from an airplane??? That's as crazy as saying that Flight 800 climbed after the nose of the plane fell off. I know what you mean about the FLT 800 part, that was just insane.

However, IF it was a fuel tank that fell, it was from an Iranian Air Farce plane. Those can be and generally are equiped with "drop tanks" to extend the range of an aircraft. Most of ours can carry 3- 1 under each wing and 1 slung centerline.

Besides extending the range, the drop tanks have another advantage. When the aircraft takes off, they are burning fuel from the drop tanks. Then, if they get into a fight, they drop the tanks & start fighting with a "full load" of fuel.

35 posted on 02/16/2005 6:27:54 PM PST by joedelta (Those who long for peace must prepare for war)
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To: joedelta

I appreciate your explanation. That does help make things clearer to me.


36 posted on 02/16/2005 6:44:20 PM PST by pctech
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To: USNBandit

I remember that movie, man, but it's been a lonnnnnnng time ago!


37 posted on 02/16/2005 6:44:56 PM PST by pctech
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To: pctech
Not a problem. Glad to help.

Don't believe the mullahs for a second, but it is "possible."

38 posted on 02/16/2005 7:08:49 PM PST by joedelta (Those who long for peace must prepare for war)
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"Something fishy is going on."

Haaahaa!! Yeah, hopefully Israeli/American intelligence and military elements messing with the mullah's weak little minds!  !





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39 posted on 02/16/2005 7:21:19 PM PST by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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40 posted on 02/17/2005 5:04:55 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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