Israeli agents killed Iran’s top nuclear scientist late last year using a remote machine gun and artificial intelligence, according to a report by The New York Times.
Iranian intelligence knew an attack was likely on Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, but major breaches of security protocols allowed the assassination, the source told The Times.
On the day of the murder, November 27, Fakhrizadeh insisted he drive his wife from their vacation home near the Caspian Sea to a country house in Absard.
Although security measures were in place to protect Fakhrizadeh en route, an Israeli assassin was able to identify and assassinate him 1,600 kilometers away using a satellite-controlled machine gun capable of fire up to 600 rounds per minute, the Times reported.
Fakhrizadeh had been a prime target of Israel for more than a decade, as the country viewed him as the leader of Iran’s covert efforts to build a nuclear bomb.
“Remember that name”, former Israeli prime minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuPLUS said at a press conference in 2018, according to the report. “Fakhrizadeh.”
A previous assassination attempt on Fakhrizadeh was compromised and canceled in 2009.
Israeli agents rushed to carry out the assassination late last year after …President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday Shows Sneak Peek: Coronavirus Dominates As Country Battles Delta Variant Has President Biden instituted a vaccine mandate for only half of the country’s teachers? Democrats look at vaccine mandates ahead of midterm MORE promised to revert to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Israel feared the Biden administration would oppose the assassination, as it could further hamper negotiations with Iran.
Israel has carried out various attacks on Iranian nuclear-related sites since 2004, and its agents have murdered five of Fakhrizadeh’s colleagues since 2007, the Times reported.