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Reports: Israel Assassinates “Father” Of Iranian Nuclear Bomb Program Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Reports: Israel Assassinates “Father” Of Iranian Nuclear Bomb Program Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Assassinated east of Tehran: “He was head of Iran’s secret military program and wanted for many years by Mossad. His death is a major psychological and professional blow for Iran.”

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was not well known to the public in the West, but he was well known to Israel. Fakhrizadeh was considered “the father” of the Iranian military nuclear program.

Al-Arabiyah reported in 2018:

Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a brigadier general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and a professor of physics at the Guard’s Imam Hussein University, is a man cloaked in mystery.

Until April this year, no photograph has ever existed of him, and on top of this, after the killing of several nuclear scientists, a protective shield of secrecy and security had been thrown around him, in an effort to protect him against Israeli assassins.

Then in another twist to his shadowy existence, the Iranian authorities have denied numerous requests from the Atomic Energy Agency to interview him. But one thing is known for certain, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will be the father of the Iranian regime’s nuclear bomb once complete.

This 2012 Wall Street Journal profile adds details as to Fakhrizadeh’s importance to Iran’s quest for a nuclear bomb:

The Iranian scientist considered Tehran’s atomic-weapons guru until he was apparently sidelined several years ago is back at work, according to United Nations investigators and U.S. and Israeli officials, sparking fresh concerns about the status of Iran’s nuclear program.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, widely compared with Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist who oversaw the crash 1940s effort to build an atomic bomb, helped push Iran into its nuclear age over the past two decades. A senior officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, he oversaw Iran’s research into the construction and detonation of a nuclear warhead, Western officials say.

Fakhrizadeh was highlighted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a famous presentation after the Israeli Mossad made off with a treasure trove of Iraninan nuclear files in 2018. We covered the story at the time, Netanyahu Reveals Newly Discovered and Damning Intel on Iran Nuclear Program.

Here’s Netanyahu’s presentation (jump to 10:45)

NBC News’ Tehran correspondent highlighted that Fakhrizadeh was “widely referred to as Iran’s Robert Oppenheimer.”

Israeli journalist Yossi Melman, who has long reported on Israei intelligence matters, reports that Fakhrizadeh was on the Mossad’s hit list:

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran according to reports in Iran. He was head of Iran’s secret military program and wanted for many years by Mossad. His death is a major psychological and professional blow for Iran.

Based on early reports, his car was “stopped by explosive and then he was killed by shooting.”

The Times of Israel reports that the assassination was announced on Iranian television:

The alleged head of Iran’s nuclear weapons program was assassinated Friday near the capital Tehran, according to Iranian state television and other Iranian media.

State TV cited sources confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. It said it would offer more information shortly.

The Iranian Mehr News Agency reports that he was sent to the hospital:

According to initial reports, Iranian physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi, was attacked during an armed clash between his bodyguards and unknown assailants in Damavand County, Tehran province, on Friday.

Available reports suggest the Fakhrizadeh has been sent to the hospital immediately after the incident.

Further details about the Iranian professor’s condition will be published later.

There seems to be a conflict in Iranian media as to whether he is alive or dead:

This video purports to show the scene (not verified):

This tweet by the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seems to confirm the assassination, though Fakhrizadeh is not mentioned by name:

We will continue to expand and update this news.


The Iranian Fars News Agency has confirmed the death:

Iranian Press TV also is confirming the death:

Who did it? Yossi Melman tweets:

He was wanted by Mossad and a few years escaped an assassination attempt.

The NY Times, in an article co-authored by Ronen Bergman, who has written extensively about Israeli assassination efforts, reports:

A shadowy figure, Mr. Fakhrizadeh had long been the No. 1 target of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, which is widely believed to be behind a series of assassinations more than eight years ago that included some of Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s deputies.

The NY Times has added this to its live coverage:

One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that Israel was behind the attack on the scientist. It was unclear how much the United States may have known about the operation in advance, but the two nations are the closest of allies and have long shared intelligence regarding Iran. The White House and the C.I.A. declined to comment.

The Iranian Foreign Minister is blaming Israel:


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Why is George Soros not on that list? He has caused more violence and destruction than any of these Islamic terrorists.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Pasadena Phil. | November 27, 2020 at 10:12 pm



    Who pulled Chatty Kathy…uh….Brennan’s rotten string?

    John Brennan, who was once tasked with pretending to want to stop Iran from getting the bomb (before he partnered up with Obama to make sure Iran got the bomb), cried about it. – Ace of Spades

Thank you for the post. There’s just not enough attention paid to good news these days. Very uplifting.


lex talionis

Before Biden is inaugurated.

The Iranians always deny. They are like communists. Get ’em while you can.

    LeftWingLock in reply to Whitewall. | November 27, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Agree with your post. But, from what I have seen and heard about Iran, the word is out in the marketplaces. The average Iranian knows he is dead regardless of what the government says. And they know who killed him.

Israel is just getting started. This is the pre-game warmup.

Israelis wrote the book on nuclear warfare. Remember that the first atomic bombs were invented and constructed by Jewish emigres that Hitler had fired from their teaching positions or otherwise scared off. If Hitler had kept his Jewish physicists working for him, he could have had the first atomic bomb.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to OldProf2. | November 27, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I have wondered how loss of Jews in Germany impacted their gene pool after the war. I am sure it was significant.

      Germany without anti-semitism, without anti-Slav and solidly anti-communist could have taken on the USSR, freeing those under Soviet rule. But that wasn’t in their Nazi genes.

        beagleEar in reply to alaskabob. | November 27, 2020 at 10:40 pm

        Had they not fallen to their internal enemy the Nazis, Germany would have been a smaller but more advanced nation compared to the USA. Nukes, jet engines, satellites – those would have been German developments and exports. They’d probably be the #1 developer of vaccines as well.
        When a nation makes a wrong turn, it can lead the whole world into a wreck.

Can’t wait for the movie of this operation is released ???‍♀️?

Great news! Now, with Nobel-Trump peace breaking out, I look forward to seeing competitive scorekeeping by countries on ‘Who has killed the most Iranian terrorists’, like fantasy football- 50 points for this guy, 10 points for that one, burning alive like the Iranian terror victims – an extra 20 points….chase them down around the world.

Looks like Iran lost another one to Covid.

“achieved a high degree of martyrdom”

In a spirit of reconciliation and outreach, I wish that all the mullahs and nuclear scientists of Iran may reach the highest degree of martyrdom.

Good riddance!

Anyone know why Israel chose now to kill this guy? He has already helped Iran make its nukes, he’s done the damage. So why did Israel hit him now and not ten years ago before he built his bomb?

    beagleEar in reply to higgledy. | November 27, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Something something … 1/21/2009 interfered.

    HImmanuelson in reply to higgledy. | November 28, 2020 at 3:51 am

    I believe the Mossad had been targeting him for a while and they just now caught up to him.

    And Iran still hasn’t managed to miniaturize their nuclear warheads sufficiently to put them on an ICBM. He wasn’t done doing his damage, that’s why he got taken out.