Mysterious Iranian Dissident Group Claims Fire at Uranium Site

Sabotage caused fire in 'industrial shed'

A flurry of speculation surrounding an early morning fire that broke out at Iran’s Natanz enrichment site is being matched only by the claims of responsibility by a heretofore unknown group calling itself the Cheetahs of the Homeland.

So little is known about the Cheetahs that indeed it’s not entirely clear that the group even exists. They took credit for the sabotage that led to a fire, which officials say did minimal damage, caused no casualties and did not risk radioactive leaks.

Iranian officials say that the fire was confined merely to a small industrial shed. It’s not clear how the sabotage was put together, and officials say that the overall enrichment operations continue as before. This keeps the mystery of what happened all the more puzzling.

The Cheetahs, after all, presumably intended this first public attack as a chance to establish themselves as a player in Iran’s dissident groups. The attack was on a big target, but seems to have accomplished little.

Author: Jason Ditz

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