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Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:07 AM

Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran

Last edited Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:56 AM - Edit history (1)

Source: BBC

Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country's defence ministry has confirmed.

Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has condemned the killing "as an act of state terror".

Western intelligence agencies view Fakhrizadeh as being behind Iran's secret nuclear weapons programme.

He was reportedly described as the "father of the Iranian bomb" by diplomats.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-55105934



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Reply Iran's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran (Original post)
BlueWavePsych Nov 27 OP
muriel_volestrangler Nov 27 #1
BlueWavePsych Nov 27 #7
paleotn Nov 27 #2
Beakybird Nov 27 #4
paleotn Nov 27 #5
oldsoftie Nov 27 #17
paleotn Nov 27 #18
Behind the Aegis Nov 27 #19
Tarc Nov 29 #21
Behind the Aegis Nov 29 #22
Tarc Nov 29 #23
Polybius Nov 27 #12
muriel_volestrangler Nov 27 #3
BlueWavePsych Nov 27 #8
rickford66 Nov 27 #6
Bayard Nov 27 #10
Ponietz Nov 27 #11
Calista241 Nov 27 #9
Hotler Nov 27 #13
BeyondGeography Nov 27 #14
Roy Rolling Nov 27 #15
McKim Nov 27 #16
usajumpedtheshark Nov 27 #20

Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:32 AM

1. On edit: OP's original link is a 2010 story

For today, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, said to have been killed, possibly by gunfire:







"Repeated gunfire followed the sound of an explosion.
- A vehicle was targeted.
- Three to four people killed, including the perpetrators.

Fars says eyewitnesses confirmed Fakhrizadeh's assassination"

BBC article on Fakhrizadeh's killing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-55105934

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:57 AM

7. Thanks for heads-up. Fixed.

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:33 AM

2. Someone really doesn't want Iran to acquire nukes.

Wonder who that could be?

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Response to paleotn (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:39 AM

4. It must be the Iranian wind energy lobby.

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Response to Beakybird (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:42 AM

5. Ha! Hadn't thought of that.



Or could it beeee........the Mossad?!

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Response to paleotn (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 01:55 PM

17. Doubt that the Mossad would have been killed in the attack too.

They're usually better than that.

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 01:58 PM

18. Good, but not perfect.

Iran is a tough nut.

On edit. Israel sometimes takes risks other liberal democracies won't. It's a product of their history. Many times, they've not had a choice. This is one of those times.

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 02:44 PM

19. Yup, and the fact that it was REALLY sloppy.

It is possible it was an "inside" job, meaning they were recruited by a foreign government, to do this. Of course, it could be a "hit" by the Iranian government, if they felt he was compromised, a moderate, or some other factor. A truck bomb, on a busy highway with lots of traffic, and five gunman...not really the hallmark of Mossad or even the CIA. Then, again, it could be Saudi Arabia in an attempt to "prove" they are worthy of a US shipment of arms. Who knows.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 01:48 PM

21. More details now. Remote-control machine gun followed by self-destruct mechanism

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Response to Tarc (Reply #21)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 02:36 PM

22. Conformation bias

There are all types of weapons by various sects, governments, and groups.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #22)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 04:51 PM

23. Not saying this as a negative thing

If Israel took this guy out, 3 cheers.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 12:36 PM

12. Pretty much the entire world

n/t

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:38 AM

3. I've just realised - your OP link goes to a *2010* assassination

Today's news is the one linked in reply #1 now. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-55105934

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:58 AM

8. Fixed. Thank you.

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 10:50 AM

6. This is the kind of hit the Israelis do.

The unexpected and the victim gets an instant warning of doom.

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Response to rickford66 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 11:21 AM

10. Or Navy Seals

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Response to rickford66 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 11:28 AM

11. It's a growth industry -- Saudis probably handled it

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 11:02 AM

9. Yeah, this won't cause any problems at all.

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 12:39 PM

13. In the Sicario movies the CIA goes in and

start trouble and makes it look like the cartels. Just saying. A drone strike would gives us away.

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 12:59 PM

14. Smells like...something

Biden's diplomatic degree of difficulty with Iran just went way up. What a coinky-dink.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 01:27 PM

15. Yep

Trump is a psychopath, he likes to murder people if given the authority. Itís the ultimate power trip for a weak, weak man.

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 01:44 PM

16. A Monkey Wrench in Hopes for Peace

This is a parting monkey wrench by Trump and Friends to sabotage our relationship with Iran for Biden's foreign policy. As one who has worked on Iran sister city relationship with my town, and who has visited Iran in 2008, I hope that Peace will prevail. Trump and Friends doing this is like controlling what happens after he leaves office. I hope that cool heads will return to the Iran Nuclear Agreement. And please don't call it a "deal", that is Trump talk. Deal is a word we use for buying a car, not an important international agreement with several countries.

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Response to BlueWavePsych (Original post)

Fri Nov 27, 2020, 03:42 PM

20. B-52s sent earlier to Israel in preparation may not have been a show of force

1) They could be there because US knew about this assassination plan and wanted heavy bomber assets near Iran
2) They could also be carrying the bunker buster bombs that Israel needs if they are to target the underground facilities Iran built recently

Trump is stupid enough to trigger a major conflict with Iran and think that this will allow him to stay in office

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