On November 27, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a prominent Iranian professor of physics, was assassinated in an attack near the Iranian capital of Tehran. According to Israel, Fakhrizadeh was an officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the head of the Iranian nuclear weapons program.
The car of Fakhrizadeh was targeted by a car bomb in Absard city of Damavand County, Tehran Province. After the explosion, attackers opened fire at the car.
According to the media office of Iran’s Defense Ministry, Fakhrizadeh, “was severely wounded in the course of clashes between his security team and terrorists and was transferred to hospital,” where he succumbed to his wounds.
The Iranian Defense Ministry added that Fakhrizadeh was the head of its Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND).
Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned the attack, saying there were “serious indications” of the Israeli role in the assassination.
“Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators,” he said in a tweet.
Hossein Salami, chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards, appeared to acknowledge the attack:
“Assassinating nuclear scientists is the most violent confrontation to prevent us from reaching modern science,” Salami tweeted.
Hossein Dehghan, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader and a presidential candidate in Iran’s 2021 election, vowed revenge in Tiwtter.
“In the last days of their gambling ally’s political life, the Zionists seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran to wage a full-blown war,” Dehghan wrote likely referring to US President Donald Trump. “We will descend like lightning on the killers of this oppressed martyr and we will make them regret their actions!”
Photos from the scene:
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The attack, which was likely carried out by Israeli or Israeli-US agents, took place amid numerous reports that US President Donald Trump was preparing some ‘decisive action’ against Iran before he leaves the White House in 2021. (despite numerous reports about the vote fraud in the United States, it does not seem that Trump would win the legal standoff. This is why Joe Biden will likely become the next president) According to reports, the Trump administration was even considering a strike on Iran. Nonetheless, it seems that it opted to follow its route of political assassinations. This attack was likely coordinated with Israel. Tel Aviv’s interests and conflict with Iran are the cornerstone of the Trump policy in the Middle East.
On January 3, 2020, a US drone strike killed the commander of the Iranian Qods Force, Qasem Soleimani, at Baghdad International Airport. Then, this attack, which killed several prominent Iraqi commanders, almost led to the war with Iran. US bases in Iraq were even targeted by an Iranian ballistic missile strike. Now, the Trump administration and its Israeli allies are once again instigating tensions in the region in an attempt to gain as much as possible before the expected end of the Trump presidency.
An alleged car bomb after the explosion:
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