Yet another shot fired in the covert war against Iran

MSNBC:

Iran-bombTwo assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and wounding two people on Wednesday, a semiofficial news agency reported.

The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program. It is certain to reinforce authorities’ claims of widening clandestine operations by Western powers and allies to try to cripple nuclear advancements.

The bomb killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported. Natanz is Iran’s main enrichment site, but officials claimed earlier this week that they are expanding some operations to an underground site south of Tehran with more advanced equipment.

Roshan was involved in building polymeric layers for gas separation, which is the use of various membranes to isolate gases. He was also deputy director of Natanz uranium enrichment plant, in central Iran, for commercial affairs. According to conservative news website, mashreghnews.ir, Roshan was in charge of purchasing and supplying equipment for Natanz enrichment facility.

A similar bomb explosion on Jan. 12, 2010, killed Tehran University professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a senior physics professor. He was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded near his car as he was about to leave for work.

In November 2010, a pair of back-to-back bomb attacks in different parts of the capital killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another.

The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering faculty at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and cooperated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The wounded scientist, Fereidoun Abbasi, was almost immediately appointed head of Iran’s atomic agency.

And in July 2011, motorcycle-riding gunmen killed Darioush Rezaeinejad, an electronics student. Other reports identified him as a scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons.

Rezaeinejad allegedly participated in developing high-voltage switches, a key component in setting off the explosions needed to trigger a nuclear warhead.

The United States and other countries say Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons technology. Iran denies the allegations, saying that its program is intended for peaceful purposes.

Ain’t a lot of peace breaking out at the moment and I suspect even less peace in the future.

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  • UOG

    It looks like the professor was using his seat belt. I guess seat belts don’t always save lives.

    • http://www.outsidethebeltway.com rodney dill

      Ooooo…. that was cold….
      funny, but cold.

      • UOG

        This is my sincere thank you, Rodney.  It was meant just that way.  UOG

  • Evil Otto

    He shouldn’t have been driving a Chevy Volt.

  • Gmacr1

    Attrittion, affecting lives everywhere one Iranian nuclear researcher at a time.

  • GarandFan

    But does he still get 72 virgins?

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      “We’re sorry, due to an unexpected demand the supply of virgins is temporarily restricted.  Please proceed to the Motel 6 on Dante Circle 5 for your complementary ‘Welcome To Your Nightmare’ bonus – a room for two nights, 5 used blow-up dolls and a roll of masking tape.  And a goat.  Thank you for choosing Hell as your afterlife, and have a nice day – sucker!!!!”

  • http://profiles.google.com/jinxmchue Jinx McHue

    The Israelis sure have been busy.

    • Stephen

      I agree that it is probably Israel behind this.

    • http://2012.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      The Saudis are no more in favor of a nuclear Iran than Israel is.

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  • Paul Hooson

    Strangely, while the Obama Administration has taken out 22 of the top 30 terrorist leaders of al Qaeda, it also has a covert working relationship with three terrorist organizations working within Iran to undermine that government, including the al Qaeda off-shoot, Jendullah. Jendullah leadership has already publicly claimed that it’s two largest financial supporters, the U.S. and Israel have requested that this organization step up it’s attacks in exchange for the financially support it receives to wage proxy war on Iran. Two other terrorist groups, Mujaheedeen-e Khalq and PJAK also are known to do intelligence work for the CIA as well as terrorist attacks against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

    This is the advantage that any incumbent president has. He actually has the means to back up tough talk with action, compared to candidates who want his job who only have the ability to talk tough while campaigning, but can’t back up that talk with any action.

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