The Australian Reports Of Second Explosion In Iranian City Of Isfahan

Tyler Durden's picture

While this story has not been caught by any of the major wires, The Australian's Jerusalem correspondent Sheera Frankel reports something quite disturbing: "All eyes on Israel after second Iranian blast. CLOUDS of smoke billowed above the city of Isfahan - evidence that the latest strike against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program had hit its target." We will report more if this story is confirmed by any other news agencies because if true it means that at this point things behind the scenes are no longer happening in the shadows.

As a reminder, from Monday: Satellite Image Confirms Iranian Missile Base Was Destroyed

Today's curious news report posted by Iran's semi-official news agency Fars, which was promptly muted, only to be republished by Israel's Haaretz, of a major explosion near the Iranian city of Isfahan, has left many scratching their heads. As Haaretz reports: "Speaking with Fars news agency, Isfahan’s deputy mayor confirmed the reports and said the authorities are investigating the matter. However, after the incident was reported in Israel, the report was taken off the Fars website." Which led many to wonder: is this a real event or merely a provocation designed to make Iranians believe they were attacked? Further complicating matters is the just released news from Washington Post which shows satellite images of the aftermath of another explosion in Iran, this time from two weeks ago at an Iranian missile base. "The image of the compound, near the city of Malard, doesn’t provide any clues as to what caused the Nov. 12 explosion, which Iranian authorities described as an “accident” involving the transport of ammunition. But it does make clear that the facility has been effectively destroyed. Paul Brannan, a senior analyst for the Institute for Science and International Security, which specializes in the study of nuclear weapons programs, said it’s impossible to tell from the image whether the blast was caused by sabotage, as has has been speculated in this explosion and others at transport facilities, oil refineries and military bases in Iran. Brannan said ISIS had recently learned from “knowledgable officials” that the blast had occurred just as Iran had achieved a milestone in the development of a new missile and may have been performing a “volatile procedure involving a missile engine at the site.” So the question stands: is Iran being systematically attacked with the news being covered up for fear that it can not retaliate and thus seem week; is it being sabbotaged on a weekly basis, or is everything just one big media disinformation campaign designed to provoke Iran to lash out? We will probably know very soon, today's "oversold" and now completely disconnected from reality rally notwithstanding.

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GeneMarchbanks's picture


I thought the previous explosion was weeks ago?

CPL's picture

There's actually been 14 strikes in total in the last month.


But we're not at war remember.

strannick's picture

Bush Doctrine, Bitchez

Eally Ucked's picture

What the fuck that base was about, it looks to me like medium size Cargill cow farm, arew those greenish spots hay stacks?

dark pools of soros's picture

didn't you know?  they actually grow evil by the bushel there


eureka's picture

If - there has been numerous strikes - why are the Iranians just taking it?

Would they not have made loud statements - and retaliated already?

Isn't the notion that Iran cannot retaliate ridiculous?

Hasn't Hamaz & Hizbolla & Iranian Guards plentifully struck and retaliated in the past?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

What if a government makes a statement and no media outlet reports it?

trav7777's picture

it could have actually been an accident.  Missiles do blow up now and then.

Manthong's picture

Those Iranians should really be a little more careful with their high explosives and volatile materials.

Gee, I sure hope they don’t get their hands on anything more dangerous.

Carlyle Groupie's picture

Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was “no doubt” that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was “no accident.”

Later, an Israeli intelligence source is quoted as follows:

“This caused damage to the facilities in Isfahan, particularly to the elements we believe were involved in storage of raw materials,” said one military intelligence source.

Eally Ucked's picture

Shit tank blew up, methane build up and relief valve was covered with shit so it did not work properly. What the fucken missiles site! With all that research buildings around, security and other services - really base for missiles development site. Are they really so stupid as you think? 

DarkestPhoenix's picture

Especially ones sabotaged by the CIA.

Arthor Bearing's picture

I don't see the point of voting Trav's commnent down, it's a reasonable possibility that a missile accidentally exploded. Unless you are on the ground in Iran you should leave all possibilities open in your mind, rather than reflexively downvoting somebody's comments because he sometimes says the "N-WORD" (gasp)

Triggernometry's picture


When objects at rest blow up, the debris scatter is much more symmetrical, though rarely perfect. Examining the image after the incident, the debris is highly asymmetric, which would lead one to suspect there was a kinetic vector associated with the event. Take that as you will.

On a separate topic, you were right about the "$6 dollars to dig it out of the ground" comment, it wasn't you. My apologies.

Badabing's picture

Or the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Four decades old and can be turned to point at earth like Hubble only insted of reconisence used to focus x ray like microwave and heat up a volitile aria.

but it could still be a accident. 

oops, i accidently pointed it at Iran.

oops, i accidently pressed the button.

eureka's picture

Dr. Head - IF no media outlet, anywhere in the world, reported an Iranian government statement about something like "CIA/Mossad attacks on Iranian missile bases"...  - then:

A) all worldwide media would be asleep and or self-sabotaging - OR:

B) US would have accomplished full control of every media outlet on Earth

- in which either cases US has won the final war of the world and now controls everything without exception - and consequently we can all join the US armed forces and or HomeLand Security or go the mall or just commit hare-kiri, because there will be absolutely no further ideas, issues or battles to bother with, but only repetitious non-ideas and non-news and thus no life, but only submission, slavery and roboticism.

Hail The Home-Land Uber Alles.

Desert Irish's picture

Retaliate how? Throw a missle at Isreal and invite the West to carpet bomb them? Sink an oil tanker in the  Strait of Hormuz and give the west another excuse to attack. Isreal used the exact same tatic to destroy Syria's Al-Kibar nuclear facility and got away and to this day have not admitted to carrying out the attack. Unless Isreal openly admits to attacking Iran there is little Iran can do about it with being seen as the aggressor here.  

Jack Burton's picture

While you might not be right about what is going on in Iran, it is a real possibility. And what you say about Iran's options are also true. Being provoked into striking back is a death sentence and an open invitation for hundreds of missiles and planes from US and Israeli bases and ships to being the reduction of Iran to the 13th century.

Were you an Iranian leader and several of your assets were struck by missile or sabatoge traced to Israel, what would you do? What could you do? The consequences of self defense are oblivion. That of course is WHY they seek a few nukes!!! Plainly without them they are open to any form of attack the west chooses. That is the fact. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Iranians have all reason to seek nukes. See Iraq as an example, then wonder why Pakistan gets a free ride to a large degree, when they are terror central! Could it be the nukes? I think so!

Ag1761's picture

I'd like to see them demand Gold for Oil, that would pretty much start a reaction, no pun intended.

john39's picture

Pakistan is terror central?  I was thinking that the U.S. is the undisputed king of the hill in that catagory.

eureka's picture

Desert & Jack - where have you guys been the last 60 years?

Iranian retaliation would be exacted by terrorism - via Hizbollah, Hamaz... like so many times before.

Are you blinded by admiration for US military might...?

You do realize that Pentagon/CIA might is paid for by the People's Repulic via US bonds and deflating USD?

If you are against the FED and againts bailout, surely you must be against US empire...? 

Which is continuously bailed out by China, who for slave wages makes all the stuff US consumes...

Or - if not, you win, Pentagon/CIA wins, Mossad wins, Wall Street wins, US FED & Bernak wins - Great!

Let's go to the mall. Let's buy stocks. Let's attack Iran all out - and N. Korea too, and maybe Pakistan too if they don't accomodate US again in a hurry... of course we should fly 6000 drones over there and kill anyone who opposes us and Halliburton and Bechtel and all our other nice corporations...

It's really cool how the financially decimated US population gets a kick out of vicarious supremacy. Very Cool.  And now that US power has gone totally stealth it's even cooler. We are the best. US rules forever and ever - and unto us a son is born and a very merry Christmas to all ... 

- if it is still allowed to say the word "Christmas"....


fajensen's picture

Have some crazy jihaddi-outfit blow up the oil facilities in Ghawar, Saudi Arabia. That should put a decent dent in the growth perspectives of world e-con-me and with that going down the tubes, the US ability to print USD for war.

Kim Jong Il demonstrates perfectly that the *only* way to keep the westerner away is by being absolutely stone crazy, capable of Anything, with no possibility that Wall Street can profit on your actions. Pakistan, despite all its nukes, gets shat all over by NATO.

Oh regional Indian's picture

There is of course an untold secret about Iran as well.

It has been in the grip of anopium addiction for centuries now. Thank you Brittania. Huge problem. If you cannot get them this way, get them that. And with this Opium business, CHina was such the stencil. And it worked too. India, China and Iran, destroyed by Opium, both agriculture and consumption (in it's derivative forms).



Jack Burton's picture

Interesting! You know Russia openly accuses the west, NATO and the USA in particular of being behind the flood of heroin into Russia from Afghanistan?  They believe, and say openly, that the west seeks to destroy Russia from within by the horrible drug problem in all parts of Russia. Death on the young is commonplace. Russian leaders believe NATO protects and funnels drugs from Afghanistan to the central asian nations and on into Russia where it is destroying a generation.

This problem is very convinient for the west seeking to prevent a return of Russia power in the long run.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Yup. in fact, that ultra pure heroin is flooding the EU, causing people used to mixed stuff, to overdose. 

And in Russia, they get Krokodil. And crazy cheap homebrews of toxic alcohol.

Crazy world, really. In the grip of the lower chakras. Kept there even.


john39's picture

it is also flooding the U.S. and killing kids here... somehow it seems rather obvious that the U.S. government sees humans, any humans, as expendable.  (unless they live in Israel).

Max Hunter's picture

Great observations! I'm sure you are somehow an ignorant racist for it though.. Stop looking behind the curtain will you!

Iwanttoknow's picture

When you post from israel,do say so.

fourchan's picture

just helping them get to the afterlife, the best place ever. is that so bad?

Ahmeexnal's picture

Very well stated ORI.

And they are also behind the drug cartels in LatAm.



So you still believe you're ruling the World,
Using all your tricks to keep the picture blurred.
Scatter your enemies, confound their politics,
So you still believe you're ruling the world...
God save your gracious Queen,
Long live your noble Queen.
God save your gracious Queen,
God save you all!

So you still believe you're superior,
And all other nations are inferior,

Any sedition hushed, rebellious Scots crushed,
So you still believe you're superior,
God save your gracious Queen,
Long live your noble Queen.
God save your gracious Queen,
God save you all!

So you still pretend you're ruling the World,
Using all your tricks to keep the picture blurred...
So you still pretend you're ruling the World,
Using all your tricks to keep the picture blurred...

Oh regional Indian's picture

Whoa! Disturbing video. Nuts. 

And yes of course Ahmee. Drugs+Alcohol+Prostitution, the three mafia cannot fails.

Along with the "protection" racket of course.


SGS's picture

Gold Silver, Crude.  The rest is just a game.

kridkrid's picture

How is this possible?  Is the global media as captured as our own? 

LeBalance's picture

global...our own.





divide and conquer.

kridkrid's picture

I'm good on divide and conquer, which is why I'm a bit surprised that the globe doesn't seem to really be paying attention to the war that is ongoing in Iran.  It's either us or Israel or both, no?  So doesn't the lack of coverage imply some sort of global tacit approval?  At least by the global media... hence my question.

I don't understand surgical strikes can happen without some outrage from some corner of the globe.

Normalcy Bias's picture

It sounds like that wacky Willem Dafoe is playing with his laser designator again...

porrannor's picture

With respect to your picture, read about the guy you so proudly display. I have never understood young people's stupidity and ignorance of being fascinated by che guevera. Can you spell GULAG? 

viahj's picture

look closer, it's Che picking his nose

7point62's picture

Arabs can't take Isreal conventionally.  They tried and failed.  Egypt won't participate.  Only lunatics like Iran would consider a nuke.  That would kill their beloved Palestinians, too.  Not to mention our retaliation.

Hicham's picture

You think they love the Palestinians? Iran's leadership, and that of other islamic countries only love the way they use them as tools to score points with Israel.

7point62's picture

I don't think they love them, but they are useful.  The Israelis take better care of them then the Arabs do.

Seer's picture

We're spreading democracy, and don't you commie, pinko fags forget that! </sarc>

BW's picture

I thought they were below ground.

kridkrid's picture

The article is about 2 hours old... either it happpened today or the publication has misdated some older news.