FBI probe: chemicals in Beirut blast fraction of original shipment

Chris

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FBI probe: chemicals in Beirut blast fraction of original shipment
The amount of ammonium nitrate that blew up at Beirut port last year was one fifth of the shipment unloaded there in 2013.
By REUTERS
JULY 30, 2021

The amount of ammonium nitrate that blew up at Beirut port last year was one fifth of the shipment unloaded there in 2013, the FBI concluded after the blast, adding to suspicions that much of the cargo had gone missing. As the first anniversary approaches on Aug. 4, major questions remain unanswered, including how a huge quantity of ammonium nitrate - which can be used to make fertilizer or bombs - was left unsafely stored in a capital city for years.

The blast was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded, killing more than 200 people, wounding thousands, and devastating swathes of Beirut. The FBI's Oct. 7, 2020 report, which was seen by Reuters this week, estimates around 552 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded that day, much less than the 2,754 tonnes that arrived on a Russian-leased cargo ship in 2013. The FBI report does not give any explanation as to how the discrepancy arose, or where the rest of the shipment may have gone.

more............ https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/f...ut-blast-fraction-of-original-shipment-675403
 

GHoe

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(Quote from article) "The senior Lebanese official said there were no firm conclusions as to why the quantity that exploded was less than the original shipment. One theory was that part of it was stolen."

The following is complete conjecture but it does make you think.. where is that extra 2,203 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that landed in what is now a collapsing Lebanon, that is being taken over by Iranian proxy Hezbolla and bordering God's special possession Israel... Hmm

Maybe the other 4/5 of ammonium nitrate is in Damascus... That would provide a potential explanation for Isaiah 17..

Supposedly (Quote from article) "The ammonium nitrate was going from Georgia to Mozambique on a Russian-leased cargo ship when the captain says he was instructed to make an unscheduled stop in Beirut and take on extra cargo. The ship arrived in Beirut in November 2013 but never left, becoming tangled in a legal dispute over unpaid port fees and ship defects."

Would Russia really have allowed this to occurr ? Would they not have gone back to pick up cargo and complete the deal ?

Maybe this is true, or maybe Russia needed to get ammonium nitrate to a middle east terrorist state and used the above story line to achieve its end game, whilst not alarming international community that 2754 tonnes of ammonium nitrate just landed in a bad place on behalf of Russia.

Who knows. I did see that Mozambique had 1,300 and 27,000 tonnes (by year) of ammonium nitrate imported between 2006-2014 while Lebanon far less 155-376 tonnes (by year) between 2007 and 2011, so 2,754 tonnes landing on purpose in 2013 would be quite the uptick and likely to garner some unwanted attention ?
 

GEOINTAnalyst

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A lot of that ammonium nitrate ends up in Syria where they make "barrel bombs" out of it used to be dropped from fighter aircraft
The official destination of the materials was a Mozambican explosive factory, Fabrica de Explosivos de Moçambique (FEM). An FEM representative previously told the Reuters news agency they had ordered the materials through Savaro – and therefore claimed they never owned it.

I do know you do not like links posted from Al Jazeera they can be very biased sometimes - but it does show the connections and a worthy read - https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021...inked-to-firm-that-bought-beirut-blast-matter
 
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