Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Reportedly Thwart Mossad Assassination Attempt Against One Of Its Nuclear Scientists — A Senior Iranian Official Claims

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Reportedly Thwart Mossad Assassination Attempt Against One Of Its Nuclear Scientists — A Senior Iranian Official Claims

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The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Iran’s ‘elite’ Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), thwarted a [recent] Mossad attempt to assassinate one of its nuclear scientists,” a senior Iranian official claims. “In the last two years, the Zionist enemy was trying hard to assassinate an Iranian nuclear scientist, but the timely presence of the IRGC security forces thwarted the terrorist organization,” Col. Ya’quob Baqeri, the Deputy Chief Liaison Officer of the Flight Guards Corps, told the semi-official Fars News Agency.

The Jerusalem Post added that according to a CBS News report, March 2, 2014, “the Obama Administration pressured Israel to stop carrying out assassinations inside Iran — against Iran’s nuclear scientists.” According to CBS News, Obama administration officials [in March, 2014] “communicated to Israeli intelligence their wish for a cessation of the targeting of scientists in order to allow diplomatic negotiations aimed at rolling back Iran’s nuclear program to take their course. Last year, Yossi Melman with the Jerusalem Post, and Dan Raviv of CBS News, co-wrote Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars,” which claimed that “it was Mossad agents, not foreign mercenaries, who took part in the assassinations of four Iranian nuclear scientists.

Israel has never admitted to carrying out such assassinations; but, today’s Jerusalem Post noted that “at least five [Iranian nuclear] scientists have been killed, mostly by car bombs in the past three years.” The Jerusalem Post added According to CBS News, some in the Israeli intelligence community also had second thoughts about continuing the campaign since they did not want to run the risk of the Mossad’s best spies getting caught.

According to Raviv’s chapters in the book, “in its pursuit to delay Iran’s military nuclear program, Israeli intelligence services are working with ethnic minorities in or around Iran, such as Kurds and Baluchis, as well as the Iranian Mujihadeen-e Khalq (MEK) organization, which is dedicated to the overthrow of the current Iranian regime.

“There is undoubtedly cooperation,” Melman said. “The MEK’s 2002 announcement of an Iranian heavy water reactor at Arak and a uranium enrichment facility at Natanz came directly from Israeli intelligence, he added.

They work together. But in the most sensitive missions, it has to be Israeli agents,” Melman said based on what Raviv wrote.”

5 Syrian Nuclear Scientists Assassinated Near Damascus

In November 2014, “five Syrian nuclear scientists have reportedly been killed by unknown assailants while riding a bus north of Damascus, near the research center where they worked, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. “Unidentified attackers murdered five nuclear energy engineers who worked in the scientific research center near the neighborhood of Barzeh, northern Damascus,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The news agency Reuters reported — at the time — that “four of the atomic engineers were Syrian, while the other one was Iranian. “Their bus was ambushed while they were on their way to the research center. Their assailants shot them dead,” Rahman said.

“This is not the first time that Syrian scientists have been targeted in deliberate assassinations,” Reuters noted. “Workers at the Scientific Research Center in Barzeh were targeted by a group of jihadists who shot an RPG at their commuter bus on July 31, 2013, killing 6 workers and injuring 19 others. Another military research center was also hit by a deadly Israeli raid in May 2013. V/R, RCP

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