Arrests, Accusations in Assassinations of Top Nuke Scientist

Iran has made arrests for the November 27 assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Moshen Fakhrizadeh. “The perpetrators of this assassination, some of whom have been identified and even arrested by the security services, will not escape justice,” advisor Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted by the seme-official INSA news agency. Those arrested were not identified. Iran has blamed the attack on Israel. Reported by Reuters. Read more… Iran has stated that the attack was carried out by a “smart satellite-controlled machine gun.” Reported by Reuters. Read more… On November 30, 2020, Ali Shamkhani, secretary for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to kill Fakhrizadeh. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Meanwhile, much of the Middle East remains on edge waiting to see what Iran will do, if anything, in response to the assassination of Fakhrizadeh. Although the consensus is that Iran will do nothing because it wants to strike a deal with incoming U.S. President Joe Biden once he takes office, the policy director for United Against a Nuclear Iran (UNAI), Jason Brodsky, told Fox News that “the assassination could impact the political debate in Iran in the near-term, further weakening [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani’s already eroded domestic political standing.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posthumously awarded Fakhrizadeh a prestigious military decoration, the Order of Victory, in recognition of his work. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…