The riddle of the Iranian base blast

The first Western spy satellite images of the explosions at the Alghadir Revolutionary Guards base 45 km west of Tehran further deepen the mystery of their cause Monday, two days after the event. The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday proposes some intriguing answers. In seconds, the vast 52-square kilometer (20 sq. mile) area around the base was laid waste, as though ravaged by a nuclear blast – except for the absence of radioactivity. The Guards have placed the area off-limits and posted special operations units to bar entry.

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