Satellite pic 12 Nov 2011 Blast at Military Base in Iran

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by Paul Brannan

November 28, 2011

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ISIS has acquired commercial satellite imagery of a military compound near the town of Bid Kaneh1  in Iran where a large explosion occurred on November 12, 2011.  Compared to an earlier picture of the site, an image taken on November 22, 2011 shows that most of the buildings on the compound appear extensively damaged (see figures 1 and 2).  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.  About the same number of trucks are visible in the image after the blast as in an image from approximately two months prior to the blast.  Thus, most of the damage seen in the November 22, 2011 image likely resulted from the explosion.

ISIS learned that the blast occurred as Iran had achieved a major milestone in the development of a new missile.  Iran was apparently performing a volatile procedure involving a missile engine at the site when the blast occurred.

 

Figure 1.  November 22, 2011 commercial satellite image showing extensive damage at a military base in Iran resulting from a November 12, 2011 explosion.  Most of the buildings on the compound are extensively damaged or destroyed.

 

Figure 2.  September 9, 2011 commercial satellite image of the same military base in Iran, for reference, approximately two months before the blast occurred.

 

 


1Allen Thomson, former intelligence analyst, located the geographic coordinates for the town of Bid Kaneh.

Iran News Summary – 28 Nov 2011

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01h00
Myanmar's model for Iran Morteza Kazemian http://t.co/Co8dcn1n
04h00
#Iran threatens to bomb Turkey if U.S. or Israel attacks its nuclear installations  http://t.co/H4HAV02U
05h00
Iran newspaper staff file charges against attackers http://t.co/jNGTmFq6 
Coordination Council calls for 'new initiatives' ahead of Student Day http://t.co/uMMwy01a
12h00
Iran – MehrAbad Airport in Tehran to be closed; Khabar http://t.co/wqQWmxNT (fa)
PHOTOS Iran – 'Antigone' of Jean Anouilh staged at Tehran's Molavi Hall  http://t.co/xf1uw87U
Poet & literary critic MohamadAli Sepanlou: I have 3000- 4000 pages of books at the censor's office  http://t.co/6dK04otK
17h00
Reports of a huge explosion in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Waiting for confirmation.
Hungary forbids Iranian FM's plane to pass http://t.co/TzoIFITx (fa)
Very loud explosion heard in Isfahan today at 2:40pm local time http://t.co/Pkn1gyFf
18h00
Indictments issued for former Saderat Bank CEO Jahromi over $2.6b fraud case  http://t.co/lB7156xG (fa)
27 more people connected with the bank embezzlement case have been arrested (FA)  http://t.co/91rZgEHs
Successful end to hunger strike in Yazd Prison http://t.co/0pg7m5sw
Sunni Molana Hafez Mohamad Ali Shahbakhsh was summoned by Cleric's Court in Mashhad 11/23 & arrested 
20h00
Telegraph-Alireza Zakeri, governor of #Isfahan: Blast took place during military exercises at a military airbase http://t.co/fvLPbj8Z
22h00
Eteraze Daneshjuyan Daneshgahe Azad Varamin! November 28, 2011" YouTube  http://t.co/G0gNcWK9 
Abdolfazl Tabarzadi denied prison leave to take exam http://t.co/lO7dFUQi
23h00
Satellite Image Showing Damage from November 12, 2011 Blast at Military Base in Iran  http://t.co/CuxIiZie

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Iran News Summary – 27 Nov 2011

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02h00
Workers and retirees in East Azerbayjan province protest the draft of reform of labour laws http://t.co/jPxMkBrA 
03h00
The leadership of 'monkey' in the 'animal farm' of IRI Arash Bahmani http://t.co/i1LnJ3qD
04h00
important NYT article on #MEK #MKO http://t.co/PDSwGIIH – The American advocates have been well paid $10,000 to $50,000 for speeches on behalf #MKO – The M.E.K. has hired high-priced lobbyists like the Washington firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld - officials expressed frustration at the American supporters’ credulous acceptance of MEK claims of representing the Iranian opposition & of embracing democratic values – Mr. Mukasey said he had been paid his standard speaking fee $15K to $20K to talk at M.E.K.-related events – it's extremely disturbing that such lobbying forces can easily buy ex-officials who were in charge of the security of the US 
05h00
Iranian arrested in #Indonesia for smuggling #refugees http://t.co/7ZpfJmxi 
06h00
Abduction and detention of Mohammad Rashid Hedayati, Azad University student -( Fa)  http://t.co/ADoo2G64
08h00
Babak Dad suggests recent explosion in military base was an assassination attempt on Khamenei  http://t.co/jb6lcKUt 
Iran's parliament voted Sunday to downgrade diplomatic & economic ties w/ Britain in retaliation for fresh Western sanctions- IRNA
09h00
AFP – Iran parliament votes to expel British ambassador http://t.co/T2LFbAz1
11h00
Iran Feature: So How Big is the Bank Fraud? http://t.co/c9q5zTJkShould add some Rafsanjani & IRGC banditry for real big bucks
whipped with cable; Jailed labor activist Afshin Osanloo transferred to hospital  http://t.co/UgKee8Mr (fa)
myAmnesty virtual event – Campaign for jailed Iran #HumanRights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh  http://t.co/3BPaAzq6
12h00
Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour begins serving his sentence in Ahvaz prison  http://t.co/mIrcJMqM
13h00
Mostafa Daneshjou, lawyer of Gonabadi dervishes, transferred to common ward in Evin  http://t.co/NMCd50Pz
Shahoo Ahmadi, Kurd living in Marivan, sentenced to 7 years in prison http://t.co/uPvKOXII
Kuwait’s MP accused of role in Iran nuke program; arabtimes http://t.co/8kTpuUVS
Iran adopts "wait and see" policy on ally Syria's crisis; Reuters http://t.co/40in1ZxQ
14h00
HRANA: A man convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Qom Sunday morning 
15h00
4 Iranian artists: Farhad Moshiri, Shirin Neshat, Afshin PirHashemi & Reza Derakhshani, among 2010/2011 TOP 500 Contemporary artists http://t.co/nHmf4Xhn
18h00
Guardian – #UK Foreign Office vowed to react "robustly" if #Iran expels British ambassador  http://t.co/zlenMQTs
19h00
#Iran Ambassador in Lebanon asks Lebanese &Palastinian groups (eg Hamas, Hizbollah)2support Assad worldy and physically http://t.co/q9eFQYBB
22h00
The role of Iranian women in civil society Mehrangiz Kar http://t.co/BwoBTAXT
23h00
AlArabiya – Special Basij unit unveiled and ready to suppress any potential protests in #Iran  http://t.co/y2CfqDF2

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Iran News Summary – 26 Nov 2011

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very interesting IR analysis of situation in #S yria, on why IRAN has to save Assad!!  http://t.co/ysNOsTN9
11h00
peyk – Qom clerics to receive Bachelor degrees http://t.co/AoqSczT8
12h00
CSMonitor – CIA arrests in #Iran? Allegations point to smoldering covert war with #US  http://t.co/I8562gHK
14h00
Another Bahaï arrested in Rasht http://t.co/QypvFcOc
 18h00
Blogger Rojin Mohammadi Under Increasing Pressure in Evin http://t.co/QtlrjHcf
Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution barred from elections http://t.co/qAafBepd
19h00
Journalist Siyamak Ghaderi: My Head Was Pushed Into A Dirty Toilet To Force False Confession http://t.co/tsWb6IrBMy young cellmate was in solitary 7 months just for sending SMS & Emails & now suffers from psychiatric disorder – If you dare, just let Mousavi speak to the people for five minutes - Arrests of 1000x of Mousavi & Karoubi supporters 2+yrs after election is proof of their popularity – If you truly believe Mousavi & Kaoubi’s unpopularity, why are you so frightened to free them? – Post-2009 election 30,000 government employees have lost their jobs for opposing Ahmadinejad – There are prisoners in Evin that in a taxi merely criticized & expressed opposition to government’s policies
20h00
Labor activist Afshin Osanlo has transferred to a hospital(FA) http://t.co/xq8xuPOL 
21h00
#UN page on #Iran http://t.co/YklLzTq9 (Fr) http://t.co/bmd97X9f (En)
23h00
Iran: La diplomatie française face à un tournant http://t.co/QbODNu1k
Irandidban | Iraq officials, tribal leaders press conference calls for expulsion of MKO  http://t.co/Wd57ylcg

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