Iran Missile Base Area Struck by Suspected Explosion; Speculation Surrounds Possible Israeli Involvement
An unexplained explosion rocked the area of Iranian city of Khorramabad on Monday evening, triggering speculations of a possible sabotage operation at a nearby underground missile base. Local residents reported a “terrible sound” along with ground shaking, which initially sparked rumors of an earthquake. However, officials later confirmed that no seismic activity had been recorded in the area, thus denying any explosion. Nevertheless, the source of the disturbance is currently under investigation.
The Imam Ali Base: A Potential Target
About 35 kilometers from Khorramabad lies the Imam Ali base, one of Iran’s two known underground missile silos. The base, which began operations under the orders of former president Mohammad Khatami, is renowned for the production of Shahab-3 medium-range missiles. These new variants boast a range of 2000 kilometers and are suspected of having the capability to reach Israel and carry nuclear warheads.
Speculations and Unverified Claims
Many experts, including US-based Iranian-American Middle East researcher Erfan Fard, have speculated that the incident could be the result of a successful operation by Israel’s Mossad spy agency. However, these claims remain unofficial and unverified. Israel has consistently seen Iran as a major threat and has expressed its willingness to employ military action to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. On the other hand, Iran has consistently denied seeking nuclear weaponry and has vowed to retaliate severely to any Israeli aggression.
A Volatile Situation
With the exact source of the disturbance in Khorramabad still under investigation, the situation remains uncertain and potentially volatile. Israel and Iran have long been at odds over the latter’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons. This recent incident, whether it turns out to be an explosion at an underground missile base or a natural event, is likely to add tension to their already strained relationship.
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