Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves an iranian scientist who was murdered, and the aftermath of it.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s prominent nuclear scientists was killed Friday in a daytime ambush on a rural road outside Tehran.
Fakhrizadeh, was adriving force behind Tehran’s disbanded effort to build a nuclear weapon almost two decades ago. His role in Iran’s current programs reactors and uranium enrichment was less direct and analysts said the killing would likely have a limited impact on Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.
Iran’s government blamed the attack on Israel and this sharply raised regional tensions in the closing weeks of the Trump administration. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, described the attack as the work of “state terror” and implicated Israel as having a possible role. Officials in Israel had no comment.
Iranian news agencies said involved a car bomb and gunmen recalled the shadowy killings of Iranian nuclear scientists a decade ago and exposed holes in Iran’s security and intelligence agencies.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh balanced his status in Iran’s nuclear weapon program with a low public profile. The Iranian state media rarely acknowledged him, and he was sometimes described as simply a university professor. Iran’s nuclear weapons program was formally abandoned that was when Western organizations publicly identified him as a key figure in the effort. “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a presentation on Iran’s covert program in 2018.
Reports of his killing on Friday during an ambush outside Tehran are detailed, Fakhrizadeh’s name is becoming more well known. But there remains an air of mystery surrounding the Iranian nuclear scientist and what effect his killing will have on Iran. “Fakhrizadeh likely knew more about Iran’s nuclear program than any living human. Losing his leadership, knowledge and institutional memory is undoubtedly a blow to the Islamic Republic,” said Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.