Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists
Four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated between 2010 and 2012. Western intelligence services and U.S. officials reportedly confirmed the Israeli connection. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement, but Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon said: ‘We will act in any way and are not willing to tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran’
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Four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated between 2010 and 2012. Two of the killings were carried out with magnetic bombs attached to the targets’ cars. Western intelligence services and U.S. officials reportedly confirmed the Israeli connection. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement, but Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon said: ‘We will act in any way and are not willing to tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran’ The assassination campaign was reportedly terminated in 2013 following diplomatic pressure from the United States, which was attempting to negotiate restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities. In January 2015, Iranian authorities said that they had thwarted another attempt by Mossad to assassinate an Iranian nuclear scientist. No details were provided. Ardeshir Hosseinpour was initially reported to have died of gas poisoning from a faulty heater. Later reports indicated foul play. His sister claimed that her brother was murdered by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rather than by Israel, for refusing to participate in Iran’s nuclear enrichment program whose use was for atomic purposes. In November 2020 another scientist was assassinated. The assassination was reportedly carried out by Majid Jamali Fashi, who stated in a televised confession, confirmed as genuine by Western intelligence officials, that he’d acted on the instructions of Mossad and had been trained in Tel Aviv. One member of the assassination team was later exonerated and explained eight years later how he was proved to be innocent in an interview.
In June 2012, the Iranian government was confident that it had arrested all the assassins. According to NBC, two US senior officials confirmed that the People’s Mujahedin of Iran was ‘financed, trained, and armed by Israel’ in killing Iranian nuclearScientists. One of the assassins was convicted of assassinating Shahriari Kerashhadkish, who was killed from a bomb launched from a motorbike. The other was a professor at Behesi University at Behti, Iran, and was injured in the blast by the force of the blast. The Iranian government has accused Israel of complicity in the killings. In 2011 and 2012, Iranian. authorities arrested a number of Iranians alleged to have carried out the assassination campaign on behalf of MossAD. In 2013, Iranian officials arrested a man who was accused of killing a nuclear scientist in a car bomb attack. The man was later cleared of all charges. In February 2007, a private American intelligence agency Stratfor released a report on 2 February 2007 in which the claim was made, based on ‘sources very close to Israeli intelligence,’ that the victim was a long-time Mossad target. The victim was reportedly a scientist at the University of Tehran. The report was based on a report by Stratfor, which claimed the victim had been poisoned with radiation poisoning. The scientist was reportedly killed in 2007, but his sister claimed he died of radiation poisoning from gas poisoning.