Satellite images of Iran explosion
November 28th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Satellite images of Iran explosion

By Adam Levine

New satellite imagery shows the extent of damage to the Iranian military compound that blew up earlier this month, was extensively damaged, the Institute for Science and International Security said after an analysis of new satellite imagery.

ISIS compared a November 22 image from DigitalGlobe to one from September.

"Some buildings appear to have been completely destroyed. Some of the destruction seen in the image may have also resulted from subsequent controlled demolition of buildings and removal of debris. There do not appear to be many pieces of heavy equipment such as cranes or dump trucks on the site, and a considerable amount of debris is still present," according to the analysis posted on ISIS website.

Senior defense officials told Barbara Starr on November 17th that the U.S. believes the Iranians were mixing volatile fuel for a rocket motor for a large ballistic missile when the accident occurred.

ISIS concluded the same thing. "Iran was apparently performing a volatile procedure involving a missile engine at the site when the blast occurred," the ISIS analysis noted.

At least 17 people, including a general, died as a result of an explosion on the military base near Tehran, Iranian state media reported at the time of the explosion.

Lawmaker Hossein Garousi told state media the blast happened when a munitions depot accidentally caught fire at the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) military base in Bidgeneh village, located on the outskirts of Shahriar city and about 35 kilometers (21 miles) west of Tehran.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported that Maj. Gen. Hassan Tehrani-Moqadam, in charge of IRGC's Office of Self sufficiency, was killed as a result of the explosion.

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    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
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      December 17, 2011 at 12:50 am | Reply
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    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  8. ConsciousTumor

    Allah no like your math equations. It really goes ROCKET FUEL+FIRE=BOOM. Allahu Akbar idiots.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Rob


      December 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  9. Emperor Palapatine

    Execute order 66

    November 30, 2011 at 8:27 am | Reply
  10. Mark Levy

    Israel=Apartheid ! it is now OFFICIAL!

    A famous Tribunal in South Africa, the Russell Tribunal, delivered that verdict a few weeks ago;among the judge was one Jewish judge who voted for this verdict as well.
    Do a search on Google with these words "Russell Tribunal and Israel" and you will see many articles.
    Israel is officially an Apartheid state!

    Marl Levy, Jew for a just peace.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Larry

      Mark Levy is nothing but a Trojan horse. He uses his Jewish last name to defame Israel and inflame opinion against it. Do yourselves a favor and just Google him, and you'll see what I mean. This guy would be right at home with Louis Farrakhan and Osama bin Laden. He's a fraud, plain and simple, and a rabid anti-Semite. Don't take my word for it, check it out for yourselves.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:03 am | Reply
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      Thank you!

      December 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply

    I just defecated on a koran and burned it.
    u mad bros?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Mark Levy

      coco, you are just a stupid moron. please go drink more coca cola and eat more greasy fries for your fat ass....!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Reply
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      Not in the least. You'll probably be defecated out of the devil's as() so no need to fret.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Reply
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      December 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  12. jay

    USA just needs to get the fuck out of there country and stay in america or country is retarded and needs to learn to mind there own bussiness

    November 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • MAKO 10

      "or country is retarded" sounds like you are a mirror of your country!

      November 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Jibaro

      America retarded? Jay please, the retarded ones are all those ragheads dreaming of World supremacy through Islam. If America. How about all Muslim leaving America and Europe? That would be better.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
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        Amen. I second that.FOR THE REPUBLIC!!

        November 30, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Factual

      "Our country" is not in Iran

      December 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • test

      woah, fuck goes through?

      December 12, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
      • ConsciousTumor

        Apparently Allah no like your equations. Fire+Rocket Fuel=BOOM. Allahuh Akbar idiots.

        December 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
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