The attacks on the Iran nuke scientist

Independent:

Three events – not seemingly related – took place yesterday. The leaking of State Department documents, many of which deal with the world's concerns about Iran's nuclear programme; the mysterious assassination in Tehran of a top Iranian nuclear scientist and the wounding of another, and the appointment of Tamir Pardo as the new head of Mossad, Israel's foreign espionage agency.

But there's a link between them. They are part of the endless efforts by the Israeli intelligence community, together with its Western counterparts including Britain's MI6 and America's CIA, to sabotage, delay and if possible, to stop Iran from reaching its goal of having its first nuclear bomb.

The attack on the two scientists, one of them mentioned as a top nuclear scientist working with Iran's Ministry of Defence, was part of these efforts. No organisation claimed responsibility but it is obvious, not just because of accusations by Iranian officials and Iran's media, that Israel was behind it. Most experts who follow Middle East politics and Mossad history would agree.

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The writer is an Israeli connected to the liberal paper Haaretz. The attacks did have a certain style to them that has been connected to Israeli attacks in the past. I am assuming the bombs had magnets on them to attach them to the vehicles. The other attacks on the scientist have also been creative.

Even if it was not the Mossad behind the attack the thought that it was gets inside the heads of the Iranian security establishment. It should vastly increase their paranoia.

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