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What's Really Going On Behind The Scene in Tehran? (Part I)

Mysterious Explosions

By David Eshel

A powerful mysterious blast that took place two weeks ago in the Tehran suburb of Khavarshahar near a Revolutionary Guards munitions warehouse and wrecked a convoy of Revolutionary Guard Corps vehicles that was allegedly carrying arms to Hezbollah. Although the blast was clearly heard throughout Tehran, the Revolutionary Guard imposed a complete clamp-down on any reports on the incident, and the Iranian media have also remained strangely silent about this incident . Intelligence sources have mentioned lately, that there has been a significant rise in the movement of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah in recent months, especially via Syria and even Turkey .


Supporting the Hezbollah

Those sources indicate a number of ways for the IRGC to deliver weapons to Hezbollah. One is overland - by means of Iranian trains and trucks crossing Turkey and reaching Syria, where they unload the weapons and transfer them directly to Hezbollah via the border between Syria and Lebanon. In May 2007, a shipment of Iranian weapons bound for Hezbollah was discovered after the Iranian train that was carrying them derailed as it passed through Turkey.
Another means of delivering weapons is believed to be by air. Iranian planes loaded with munitions are flying over Turkish air space to land at Damascus International Airport, where the weapons are unloaded. From there they are transferred in trucks over virtually unguarded Lebanese border, or by organized smuggling routes through the mountains .

Jerusalem's is Alarmed

So concerned over this trend is the Israeli government, that two weeks ago the security cabinet convened a special meeting to discuss Hezbollah's continued arming process, which is regarded highly disturbing, due to it's size and quality. Of growing concern are suspected air defense weapons, which allegedly could endanger Israeli reconnaissance flights over Lebanon, which Israel regards vital for it's real-time intelligence monitoring efforts .

According to reports, which seem coming from sources close to Israeli and other western intelligence agencies, the Khavarshahar explosion was just one of several mysterious incidents, which happened recently inside Iran. One occurred on April 12, at a mosque in the city of Shiraz, killing at least 12 people and wounded about 200. The London based Arab newspaper A-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that the explosion was caused by residual ammunition in the mosque following a recent military exhibition, commemorating the 1980-88 war with Iraq which had been held in the mosque. Another incident, which remains unexplained, happened earlier at an IRGC missile site that killed dozens of Iranian technicians .

Mysterious Blasts at an Iranian Missile Base

Reports emanating from Iran in January 2007 indicated a huge explosion in the Kerman area at the edge of the Kavir Lut. The Deputy Governor General of Kerman province Abulghassem Nasrollahi told a news agency of an unexplained crash, which was followed by an explosion and a thick spiral of smoke. Iranian authorities were investigating the crash, described witnesses watching an explosion "caused as a result of the crash of a radiant unidentified flying object onto the ground". There are several secret military sites in the Kerman Province, among them a military plant which started assembling Chinese Cruise missiles, M-11 missiles with a range of 300 km, as well as CSS-2 missiles with a range of up to 1,000 km.

Last June, another mysterious explosion happened at Bidganeh near the town of Shahriar 40 kilometers east of Tehran. It occurred at a military installation, with Iranian authorities claiming the blast was caused by a "gas leak". Western military sources are skeptical and believe the authorities are trying to cover up some sort of sabotage. In fact, a similar cover-up occurred back in 2005 following an explosion blast at Daylam, near the Bushehr nuclear site.