Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, father of Iran’s nuclear program, was killed on November 27, 2020: a New York Times reconstruction clarifies how Israeli agents managed to hit him, despite the escort, thanks to a remotely operated one-ton machine gun
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the father of the Iranian atomic bomb, was actually killed by a machine gun-robot, directed by a Mossad agent.
An article in the New York Times provided new details on the version already released after the ambush, which the Courier had reconstructed here.
The study of the operation begins at the end of 2019, continues for several months as Jerusalem informs Washington of its plan. Mossad launches a long surveillance of the target, has men on the ground. And the mission is favored by three aspects: flaws in protection, ability to follow the scientist, a sort of fatalism of the senior official who, even knowing he was in danger, continued with his normal business.
The Israeli service finds that Fakhrizadeh quite routine, does not give up aspects of private life, with excursions to the countryside and the Caspian Sea. He usually has a sturdy escort, with a convoy of numerous cars and pasdaran of the chosen Ansar unit. They are attentive, they often change their route, the vehicles rotate.
Intelligence has already struck in Iran, killing several scientists with magnetic and killer bombs.
This time, however, he relies on a new tactic.
They employ a special version of the FN MAG machine gun, caliber 7.62, Sentinel 20, made by the Spanish firm Escribano.
integrated in a remotely controlled system, which sends images to the control computer of a 007.
The whole apparatus weighs almost a ton. And so it is sent to Iran in broken parts. Later mounted on a modified Zamyad pickup. Several cameras are installed, the stability of the vehicle is increased, as the vibrations during the shot can affect. Then there is the problem of satellite signal delay and – according to the newspaper – artificial intelligence will compensate for the difference.
Finally, the killers must be sure who is on board. Then they place a car, without a wheel, at a turning point that the procession forced to make a few kilometers from the ambush point. Inside a camera that will check the passengers.
At 1 pm on November 27, 2020, the senior executive leaves a location in northern Iran, gets himself behind the wheel of an unarmored Nissan Teana, alongside his wife. A pasdaran relay acts as the opening track, two other vehicles from the escort to close. Around 3.30 pm they arrive in Absard, they make the pre-arranged inversion – all followed live by the Mossad -, then take the Boulevard Imam Khomeini. here that the attack is triggered.
The Israeli agent, stationed somewhere, awaits the convoy, lets the first vehicle pass, opens fire. Shoot 15 bullets in three rounds. The last bullets reach the victim when he is out of the cockpit.
The pick up with the machine gun is blown up, but the charge was placed incorrectly and the robot components are not completely destroyed. The Iranians will recover them by discovering the modus operandi. In the following hours, the authorities provide their narration.
They claim that the threats were known and had warned Fakhrizadeh of the impending danger, but he decided not to change his plans. They claim that the attack was conducted by a commando, they speak of the reaction of the escort, they bring witnesses to support this thesis. The reconstruction, however, changes rapidly.
Tehran itself to reveal the hell trap, with the weapon directed remotely and the use of artificial intelligence.
Stories received by some observers with skepticism, explained as an attempt to justify the failure in the safety net. In fact, the controversies in Iran are bitter, politicians denounce the widespread infiltration of the Mossad. Now the New York Times reopens a secret chapter of the conflict.