Syrian bomb blast 2.6 on the Richter scale--that's a MOAB!
Coincidence? There are no coincidences in politics or war. There is a fog of war, true. The plan of battle disappears with the first shot. But certain things are just to large to be ignored. Last week in Syria (this should be the title of a soap opera if it weren't so tragic).
Q has been writing about BOMBS and, especially for this month MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs). This applies to non-nuclear devices, the most likely type is a thermobaric weapon. Perhaps we may remember the one dropped on the Tora Bora cave complex in Afghanistan over a decade ago. Very lethal but didn't do Osama in.
A thermobaric weapon is a type of explosive that uses oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion, and in practice the blast wave typically produced by such a weapon is of a significantly longer duration than that produced by a conventional condensed explosive. The fuel-air bomb is one of the best-known types of thermobaric weapons.
A bomb was exploded in Syria last week which, despite a small initial explosion, achieved a 2.6 Richter rating after a slight delay.
The culprit behind the bombing may be Israel but this is unconfirmed.
On Sunday, Syria got rocked by a missile attack that appeared to ignite a munitions depot hard enough to register as a 2.6 magnitude earthquake and is believed to have killed dozens of Iranians. Experts say the strike was most likely carried out by Israel.
Though Tehran has denied that Iranians died in the strike, a more aggressive posture toward Iran by Israel could bring about a major clash that experts say might lead to the biggest war the Middle East has ever seen.
The perpetrator of Sunday's attack hasn't been confirmed. Israel rarely takes credit for strikes within Syria, though it maintains that it will strike at any Iranian activity there that it deems a threat.
Why such a big explosion, likely occurring at an underground facility thought to be operated by Iranians near Russian air defense locations? U1-related payload in the facility? Iranian bomb-making facility in Syria, positioned as both a decentralization and to deflect direct attacks on Iran?
Standing in front of a massive screen, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday gave a PowerPoint presentation on Iran's nuclear program.
He reached one conclusion: Iran had lied about its nuclear ambitions.
"Iran is brazenly lying" Netanyahu said. "The nuclear deal is based on lies."
Speaking first in English, Netanyahu said Israeli intelligence had obtained, in "a great intelligence achievement," about 100,000 "secret" files outlining what he described as a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi appeared to signal Monday the country’s imminent withdrawal from the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015.
“The Iran nuclear deal is no longer sustainable for Iran in its present form, without regard to a US exit,” Araghchi stated Monday, according to the Iranian Students News Agency.
Araghci added that Iran is “preparing all necessary options for any scenario.”
The deputy foreign minister’s comments came just before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech claiming that Iran had been in violation of the nuclear deal.
Why would Iran pull out now? They already received billions of U.S. cash due to Obomber, who, along with soulmate Killary, gladly sold this country out for money--and not for the first time. What would Iran gain? Allegedly, Iran is due to get two more U.S. payments of $250 B each next year in January and June if it continues to "abide" by the treaty.
Strikes in northwest Syria on Sunday night could bring retaliation from Tehran if Iranian personnel were killed, former Israeli Defense Force intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said on Monday.
Yadlin, a retired army general, said the intensity of the blasts at military bases near Hama and Aleppo — so big they caused what felt like a minor earthquake— indicated they were likely not carried out by Syrian rebels, who are under attack by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad and its partner forces.
"Either the United States augmented the attack it led about two weeks ago, and if it wasn't the United States, that leaves one possibility that I can't confirm," Yadlin told Israeli Army radio.
Of course, it is unknown who fired the bomb and whence they came. At first Iran blamed Israel but later said the attack came from coalition forces. Why?
Don't you sometimes wish you were somewhere else?