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.POLICY OF TERROR: ASSASSINATIONS OF NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS IN IRAN