Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iranian nuclear expert murdered by Israel.
Israel Ramps Up Iran Attacks and Assassinations:
The US Hasn’t Asked Israel to Stop
Dave DeCamp / AntiWar.com
(June 21, 2022) — Citing current and former US officials, CNN reported Tuesday that Israel has ramped up its covert attacks and assassinations inside Iran but has kept the US in the dark about its operations.
Over the past month, Israel has been suspected of being behind a string of mysterious deaths inside Iran. US officials told CNN that Israel was responsible for the killing of Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, a colonel in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who was gunned down in Tehran at the end of May.
Israel was also likely behind the death of a young Iranian engineer, who was killed in a drone attack on an Iranian military facility outside of Tehran. Israel is suspected because it has launched similar operations against Iranian facilities in the past. Iran believes Israel was also behind the killing of two Iranian scientists, who were both poisoned separately at the end of May and died within a few days of falling ill.
Other mysterious deaths have occurred inside Iran, including two men working for the IRGC in the aerospace industry, who were labeled “martyrs,” suggesting Iran thinks they were killed.
While it’s not known if Israel was responsible for all the deaths, it’s clear there has been a serious escalation in its covert operations inside Iran. The CNN report said that Israel hasn’t informed the US of its plans ahead of time and that the US has taken a “hands-off” approach to the operations and hasn’t directly asked Israel to stop.
The report could be an attempt by the US officials to absolve Washington of being suspected of involvement in the attacks, although the US still tacitly supports Israel’s covert operations by never condemning them or trying to stop them.
The officials said that while they think it’s unlikely a conventional war between Israel and Iran will break out, they think the possibility of a miscalculation that spirals out of control is higher than usual.
The ramped-up Israeli attacks come ahead of President Biden’s trip to the region, where he will visit Israel and Saudi Arabia. A major part of Biden’s visit will be focused on increasing regional cooperation against Iran.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed Monday that Israel has been working with Arab countries to build a new US-backed military alliance to isolate Iran in the region. The alliance is focused on integrating air defense systems and is the result of the US-brokered Abraham Accords, which resulted in Israel normalizing with the UAE and Bahrain.
Biden is attending a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, next month where he is expected to push for more Arab involvement in Israel’s alliance. He will also hold a separate meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which Israeli officials reportedly pushed for.
Iran doesn’t murder Israeli scientists
so why isn’t Israel called a “terrorist state”?
Iran Says Mossad Cell Captured in Murder Plot
At Least Three Detained, Details Still Emerging
Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com
(June 21, 2022) — At least three people were arrested as Mossad-linked agents in Iran, according to the Iranian judiciary. The arrests took place in April, and the nationality of the three was undisclosed. Iranian officials say the three were involved in a plot in Sistan-Baluchistan Province, and that they intended to assassinate nuclear scientists inside Iran.
A number of Iranian scientists and engineers have been assassinated recently, and Iran is keen to blame Israel. Israel has not attempted to deny these plots, and rather warned the public to watch out for Iranian retaliation abroad against Israeli interests.
Iran’s media reports on the Mossad cell don’t offer a lot of details, so it’s hard to say if this was a huge assassination cell that would’ve been involved in many plots, or is just one small group, potentially one of many.
Recent assassinations have not just targeted nuclear scientists, but also aerospace engineers, and geologists involved in other military-significant enterprises within Iran. Most of the assassinations lately have involved poisoning.
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