Mysterious explosions have occurred in and around Tehran Iran since June 26, but seemingly none as great as the 10 or so explosions reported to have occurred overnight Thursday.
June 26: explosion erupts at a gas storage facility in Parchin, a known military site where Iran has conducted tests relevant to nuclear bomb detonations.
June 30: another explosion rocks a medical facility in Tehran. Reports are that improper handling of oxygen tanks is the culprit.
July 2: the Natanz nuclear facility was badly damaged by an explosion believed to have taken out centrifuges used in production of nuclear material. This explosion is thought to have put Iran’s nuclear program back at least one year.
July 4: the Shahid Medhaj Zargan power plant suffered a fire in which a chlorine leak sent dozens to an emergency room.
July 4: about an hour later, a fire broke out at Karun Petrochemical Company after a pipe ruptured.
July 6: a large explosion occurred at the Sepahan Boresh factory, supposedly caused by “negligence in filling oxygen tanks.”
July 9-10: overnight about 10 explosions rocked Tehran. Early reports claim some occurred at a missile depot operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC).
To date, no one has claimed responsibility for the explosions, and Iran, preferring to pretend either nothing happened or they were minor explosions, has provided “reasons” (oxygen tanks, for example) for the events. Others are suggesting covert operations by Israel and/or the US. Regardless, Iran’s nuclear program has been significantly impacted, setting their efforts back at least a year.
Keep your eyes open. I doubt this is the last of these types of events in Iran, particularly given the current state of affairs in the Middle East! Stay tuned…