Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Imam Ali Base, Khoramabad

Imam Ali Base is situated 35 km away from Khorram Abad on the road to Koohdasht. The base's location is in the south of Mount Seffid Kooh in a mountain pass called Heroor Pass. Imam Ali base belongs to Al-Hadid Brigade, a subordinate unit of the IRGC Missile Force. The missile launching sites are mobile and hidden in the heights. Imam Ali Base's air distance from Khorram Abad is 20 km.

According to some sources, President Mohammed Khatami ordered the production of 15 Shehab 3 missiles, to be deployed in underground bunkers near the provincial capital Khoramabad [Khoram Abad / Khorramabad / Kuramabad].

According to reports published in Russia, apparently based on information developed by the Russian Federal Security Service, facilities located in Khorramabad is involved in the assembly of unguided missiles.

Disturbances rocked the provincial capital of Khoramabad on 30 August 2000. The unrest, which left one dead and dozens wounded, erupted after a mob stormed Khoramabad airport to block two leading critics of Iran's clerical regime from addressing a pro-reform student group.

An Iranian passenger plane on an domestic flight crashed 12 February 2002 near the southwestern Iranian city of Khorammabad. The plane, a Russian-made Tupolov-156, left Tehran at 07:30 local time (0400 GMT) while heading for Khoramabad city. There were 119 people on board. The crash led to the resignation of the country's civil aviation chief.

Khoram Abad is 494 km from Tehran. This city is located in mountainous area and Simreh river passes through its west side. The climate of Khoram Abad is mild in mountainous areas and warm in southern parts adjacent to Khoozastan plain. Khoram-Abad is located at 1200 Meters above the sea level in the Lorestan province and surrounded by the Zagros Mountain chains.

The Lur Tribes, are probably the most intact tribes of Iran is living in this area. They are mostly cultivators and shepherds and occupy the high grounds of Lurestan. The Lurs are thought to be a division of the ancient Kurds, both tribes being considered true descendants of the Medes. The Mamasani of Fars are one of the most important clans.

The Falak-ol-Aflak castle is stand on a rocky Prominence in the center of city Of Khoramabad.This castle Belongs to the Sassanid era (226-651AD) and repair works have been done in it in various Periods. The Atabag rulers did some comprehensive repair work some 700 years ago.The castle used to have 12 towers. It is 22860 meters in perimeter and its tallest wall is 22.5 meters high. In the past the whole castle enjoyed one single courtyard however in later stage a number of rooms was built in its center hence dividing it into two separate curtyards.

As of 11 April 2000, Russian 2-meter resolution KVR-1000 imagery coverage was not available via the SPIN-2 service on TerraServer, nor was archived Space Imaging IKONOS 1-meter imagery of this facility available on the CARTERRAT Archive.


Satellite Imagery of Khoramabad
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