- uploaded: Nov 28, 2011
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New satellite imagery shows the extent of damage to the Iranian military compound that blew up earlier this month. The DigitalGlobe image was analyzed by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).
ISIS compared the November 22 image to one from September and concludes there was was extensive damage.
"Some buildings appear to have been completely destroyed. Some of the destruction seen in the image may have also resulted from subsequent controlled demolition of buildings and removal of debris. There do not appear to be many pieces of heavy equipment such as cranes or dump trucks on the site, and a considerable amount of debris is still present," according to the analysis posted on ISIS website.
Senior defense officials told Barbara Starr on November 17th that the U.S. believes the Iranians were mixing volatile fuel for a rocket motor for a large ballistic missile when the accident occurred. ISIS said that the explosion came as a "major milestone" was achieved by Iran in the development of a new missile.
"Iran was apparently performing a volatile procedure involving a missile engine at the site when the blast occurred," ISIS analysis noted.