Friday, June 22, 2012


Last year Tehran announced that 20 suspected nuclear scientist assassins were detained. Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said 20 members of an alleged Israeli plot to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists were under arrest. He said they were about to travel between Israel and Iran through a third country, identified by Iranian sources as Azerbaijan. This is merely symptomatic of how close the US, Israel and Iran are on to a collision course over the Persian state's nuclear weapon development.

Tehran newspapers also report that the assassins of nuclear scientists Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan and Majid Shahriari have been arrested and that the terrorist acts were engineered by Israeli spies and conducted by their "mercenaries in Iran". Interestingly, the CIA has recruited spies inside Iran as well.

Ahmadi-Roshan, who received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology and was an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, was assassinated in Tehran on January 11, 2012. Majid Shahriari, who was a professor at Shahid Beheshti University, was assassinated in Tehran on November 29, 2010. In both incidents, terrorists riding motorcycles attached magnetic bombs to their cars.

The report referred to Iran‘s intelligence agents as “The unknown soldiers of Imam Zaman”. The first terrorist act conducted against Iranian nuclear experts occurred on January 12, 2010 in Tehran when particle physicist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi was assassinated. A remote-control bomb attached to a motorcycle parked in front of his house was detonated just after he left his home.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said that after the first nuclear expert was assassinated, it launched an intensive and comprehensive intelligence effort, and later redoubled and expanded these efforts, eventually gaining intelligence on a number of Israeli intelligence and operational bases and stations.

They managed to identify a number of Israeli spies and their mercenaries in Iran. Later, Iran stated that it was able to follow up on clues in Iran and abroad, which finally led to the identification of key elements behind the assassinations and their arrest.

I believe that Iran's acquirement of nuclear weapons is not the real danger. The chilling thought is that they would provide nuclear weapons to terrorists. A suitcase bomb or a "dirty radioactive" bomb with high-grade plutonium could be detonated inside Israel, or America. This possibility would create angst and a continuous state of apprehension for Americans, Europeans and Israelis. No population deserves to live in such an atmosphere where mass casualties could be done by proxy, and Iran has demonstrated how deft it is at terrorism via its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.

Look at the facts. Hezbollah has plotted to murder Jews in Azerbaijan, Thailand and Bulgaria. CIA analysts and intelligence experts believe Greece is another venue for Iran's proxy terrorist hits...via Hezbollah.

I believe all western governments will be on Iran's hit list if it develops nuclear weapons...or even high-grade plutonium that could be detonated inside a "dirty bomb". There is no doubt that Hezbollah or al Qaeda cells would adopt Iran's wishes with relish.

Iran's nuclear scientists have been assassinated by foreign intelligence services. Israeli, American, and Saudi Arabian intelligence is extremely on edge over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Of course, Iran has an inclination to assassinate those it dislikes. Ironically, Iran's assassinations open up CIA recruiting channels for new spies.

Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the  Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean." Got a thought, article or comment you'd like to submit? Contact us on the Secure Contact Form

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