There may be a “cease-fire” between Georgia and Russia, but Russia is moving missile launchers into South Ossetia.
WASHINGTON — Even as Russia pledged to begin withdrawing its forces from neighboring Georgia on Monday, American officials said the Russian military had been moving launchers for short-range ballistic missiles into South Ossetia, a step that appeared intended to tighten its hold on the breakaway territory.
The Russian military deployed several SS-21 missile launchers and supply vehicles to South Ossetia on Friday, according to American officials familiar with intelligence reports. From the new launching positions north of Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, the missiles can reach much of Georgia, including Tbilisi, the capital.
An anti-mullah site is reporting a series of massive explosions at a Revolutionary Guard missile complex in southern Tehran.
NCRI - Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, November 13) a series of explosions rocked Parchin Military Site (where missiles, including Cruise missiles, are manufactured) in southern Tehran. As a result, several military personnel of the site were injured.
The explosions reportedly started in missile industries section of the Site. When shrapnel of the explosions hit another sections, eight other warehouses located next to each other were engulfed in flames.
The fire, which began at 2:00 p.m. and was put out at 8:00 p.m., was so extensive that fire fighters from seven fire stations rushed to the scene. Four of the injured were Mostafa Nourizadeh, Alireza Verdi-lou, Nasser Rezai, and Morteza Motahari.
The clerical regime is trying very hard to prevent the news of the incident to leak and claimed that it was a normal fire. To this effect, in a memorandum to its staff and other relevant organs, it was stipulated that since the area is of military nature, no information should leak. The regime has also established a crisis headquarters to deal with the situation.
Parchin, located 30 kilometers south of Tehran, is a sprawling 60 square kilometer site. Centers and defense related industries located in Parchin belong to the Ministry of Defense (The Defense Industries Organization, Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization, and Institution for Research and Training of the Defense Industries.)
UPDATE at 11/16/07 8:55:34 am:
It should be noted that the NCRI (source of the above article) is an organization affiliated with the MEK, listed as a terrorist group by the US—although that designation is rather controversial. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for National Council of Resistance of Iran, with more information.
Following the conviction of five Muslims on conspiracy and terrorism charges, the UK government has also announced that a Muslim who tried to buy SAMs to shoot down airplanes was recently sentenced to nine years in prison.
A Briton who allegedly tried to buy missiles to shoot down airliners has been jailed, it has emerged following the Old Bailey fertiliser bomb trial.
Reporting restrictions covering the conviction of Kazi Nurur Rahman have been lifted.
Rahman, 29, was arrested in November 2005 after trying to buy three Uzi sub-machine guns in a police sting. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for nine years but details were kept secret because of his links to the defendants.
Rahman was arrested only four months after the 7 July attacks in London and when sentencing him in May last year (2006) the judge, Mr Justice David Calvert-Smith, said: “These negotiations were conducted in the immediate aftermath of the worst terrorist outrage ever perpetrated on these shores.
”What was intended was the deaths of large numbers of people in this country.“
When Rahman’s home in Manor Park, east London was searched police found literature relating to the 9/11 ”martyrs” and details of guerrilla warfare and how to execute prisoners.