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AP leads coverage of attack on Iranian nuclear facility

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Persian Gulf/Iran news director Jon Gambrell and Tehran staffers Medhi Fattahi,Nasser Karimi and Mohammed Nasiri used their experience and a quick response to cover the week’s fast-moving developments on an attack against Iran’s Natanz nuclear site,the second such assault amid tensions over its nuclear program. Iran initially blamed Israel for a cyberattack that caused a blackout and damage to underground centrifuges at the site,but later named an Iranian-born man as a suspect in the attack,saying he had fled the country “hours before” the sabotage happened.

The team’s stellar coverage included six alerts,satellite images of the site and unmatched access to Iran’s nuclear spokesman, who was injured on a visit to the site after what he described as “a possible minor explosion.” AP’s work drew impressive play throughout the week.

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