The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is not a one-time event, but it is a part of a string of such attacks on Iran’s nuclear scientific program.
This is a result of frequent accusations by Israel, and more recently, by the Trump Administration in the US that Tehran plans to develop a nuclear weapon, rather than what it claims is simply a civilian endeavor to provide cheaper, cleaner energy.
On November 27th, Iran’s chief nuclear scientist – Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was shot, and killed east of Tehran.
Iranian officials blame Israel, and it is little doubt who’s responsible for the killing.
Iranian Supreme Leader Khameini said the following:
“Mr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed by the oppressive enemies. This rare scientific mind lost his life for his everlasting great scientific work. He lost his life for God and the supreme leader.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the international community “to end their shameful double standards” and “condemn this act of state terror.” He added that the attack showed “serious indications of Israeli role.”
Maj. Gen. Hossein Dehghan, Khamenei’s military adviser, tweeted Saturday that “Zionists” are seeking to create “all-out war” and vowed to “descend like lightning” on Fakhrizadeh’s killers.
President Hassan Rouhani, also among the many Iranian leaders blaming Israel, promised retaliation as well, saying during a cabinet meeting on November 28th:
“The think tanks and the enemies of Iran must know that the Iranian nation and the officials in charge in the country are brave and determined to respond to the murder in time.”
The official version is that Fakhrizadeh was traveling with his wife on November 27th in a bulletproof car, alongside three security personnel vehicles, when he heard what sounded like bullets hitting a vehicle, and he exited the car to determine what had happened.
When he exited the vehicle, a remote-controlled machine gun opened fire from a Nissan stopped about 150 meters from Fakhrizadeh’s car, Fars News said.
Fakhrizadeh was hit at least three times, according to Fars News. His bodyguard was also shot. Following the gunfire, the Nissan exploded, Fars News reported, adding the attack lasted three minutes.
Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami also said that Fakhrizadeh’s car was hit by gunfire, followed by an explosion and more gunfire.
“Based on reports received from members of his security detail, Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle was initially targeted by gunfire, after which a Nissan vehicle laden with explosives was set off in close proximity to them as gunfire, targeting their vehicle, was continuing,” Hatami said, according to ISNA.
Seyed Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, compared the assassination to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
“Undoubtedly, the Islamic Republic of Iran will give a calculated and decisive answer to the criminals who took Martyr Fakhrizadeh,” Kharrazi was quoted as saying.
The wider international community and Western media is largely keeping silent and not condemning the killing at all, despite Israel having a lengthy list of assassinating Iranian officials, experts and scientists inside Iran itself.
The death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as such, is not an isolated incident.
Compared to the outcry when, for example, Alexei Navalny fell ill and was alleged poisoned. Nobody, actually, died and there was no evidence, and the outcry in the West was massive.
It should be mentioned that newly-elected US President Joe Biden vowed to revive the Iran Nuclear deal which US President Donald Trump unilaterally left in 2018.
As such, this assassination may be an attempt to throw a wrench in the works and stop that from transpiring.
Below are other Iranian scientists who were allegedly killed by Israel throughout the years, they are also listed in the infographic:
- Masoud Alimohammadi – he was an Iranian quantum field theorist and elementary-particle physicist and a distinguished professor of elementary particle physics at the University of Tehran’s Department of Physics. He was assassinated on January 12th, 2010 in front of his home in Tehran, while leaving for university. Majid Jamali Fashi was convicted of his killing and executed on May 15th, 2012.
Iran’s Press TV quoted the ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast, “Primary investigations into the assassination revealed signs of the involvement of the Zionist regime of Israel, the US and their allies in Iran.” In the same article a professor at Tehran University is quoted as having said, “It is widely believed among colleagues that he was assassinated by terrorist organizations probably supported by the United States and with connections with the Americans and the Israelis under different names.”
- Majid Shahriari – was an Iranian nuclear scientist and engineer who worked with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. On November 29th, 2010, assassins riding motorcycles planted and detonated a C-4 bomb on his car door whilst he was driving. He was instantly killed. His fellow nuclear Scientist Fereydoon Abbasi, a professor at Shahid Beheshti University was severely wounded. Dr. Abbasi’s wife was also hurt. Iranian officials have variously blamed Israel and the United States for assassinating Shahriari. Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, was quoted as saying Western nations “exercise terrorism to liquidate Iran’s nuclear scientists”.
- Dariush Rezaei-Nejad – he was an Iranian Nuclear scientist who was assassinated in east Tehran by gunmen in July 2011. He was shot five times and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in front of his home while he was with his wife after they picked up their daughter from kindergarten. His wife was also wounded in the attack.
The attack was described by an Israeli intelligence interviewed by Der Spiegel as “the first public operation by new Mossad chief Tamir Pardo”. After the assassination, the speaker of Iran’s parliament Ali Larijani stated that the United States and Israel had killed Rezaeinejad. The U.S. government, through State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, rejected the accusation.
- Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan – he was an Iranian nuclear scientist; he was also commerce deputy of “Natanz nuclear power plant”. He was assassinated back in 2012. It was via a motorbike bomb attack at half pass eight (in the morning) in the vicinity of Seyyed Khandan locality in Tehran. According to Western intelligence sources, Ahmadi Roshan was “a victim of Israel’s Mossad.”
- Reza Qashqai Fard – he was an employee of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and he was killed in the same incident as Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, he was a lower ranked employee, but still a nuclear scientist,
“The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and the work of the Zionists [Israelis],” deputy Tehran governor Safarali Baratloo said.
Witnesses said they had seen two people on the motorbike fix the bomb to the car, reported to be a Peugeot 405. The driver died of his wounds after the attack though the car itself remained virtually intact.
Such assassinations are not exactly uncommon, and Iran has also said that it has stopped such plans by Mossad, but it appears that not entirely.
Notably, in the weeks leading up to the assassination, there were numerous reports that US President Donald Trump was mulling over a strike on Iran, in order to forward an Israeli agenda forward, however, none of the sort has taken place, so far. It is likely, however, that in the last few weeks of the Trump Administration remaining in office, some more similar events might take place.
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