Reuters reports that the death of an Iranian scientist is the latest in a series of coincidences that could point to the U.S. and its allies deliberately targeting the people attempting to bring the bomb to Iran.
An Iranian nuclear scientist was blown up in his car by a motorbike hitman, prompting Tehran to blame Israeli and U.S. agents but insist the killing would not derail a nuclear programme that has raised fears of war and threatened world oil supplies.
The fifth daylight attack on technical experts in two years, the magnetic bomb delivered a targeted blast to the door of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan's car during Wednesday's morning rush-hour. The chemical engineer's driver also died, Iranian media said, and a passer-by was slightly hurt.
Israel, whose military chief said on Tuesday that Iran could expect to suffer more mysterious mishaps, declined comment. The White House, struggling for Chinese and Russian help on economic sanctions, denied any U.S. role and condemned the attack.
While Israeli or Western involvement seemed eminently plausible to independent analysts, a role for local Iranian factions or other regional interests engaged in a deadly shadow war of bluff and sabotage could not be ruled out.As for whether these recent deaths are coincidental...well, check out what the New York Times is reporting.
As arguments flare in Israel and the United States about a possible military strike to set back Iran’s nuclear program, an accelerating covert campaign of assassinations, bombings, cyberattacks and defections appears intended to make that debate irrelevant, according to current and former American officials and specialists on Iran.
The campaign, which experts believe is being carried out mainly by Israel, apparently claimed its latest victim on Wednesday when a bomb killed a 32-year-old nuclear scientist in Tehran’s morning rush hour.The Iranian government, through Press TV, which it controls, left little doubt that it is angry at whatever nations are (or might be) attacking its citizens.
Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) has condemned the assassination of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan as a 'desperate' and 'criminal' act incapable of stunting the Islamic Republic's progress.
“The desperate and criminal assassination of educated intellectual Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan…added another black page to the heavy records of crime and savageness of the terrorism-centered Zionist regime [of Israel] and its sympathizers in the White House and the West, which lays claim to human rights advocacy,” the IRGC said in a statement on Wednesday.These deaths cannot be considered coincidental, in my opinion. But the larger issue is whether they are justified. I'm not giving you my opinion on that one. And I hope you are taking the time to formulate a reasonable opinion, not a knee-jerk reaction.
The statement, however, stressed that the Iranian nation's determination to strengthen its superb regional position and elevate its scientific ranking in the world would not be weakened by threats or terrorist attacks.