Bloody and brutal: Killing of IRGC Iran nuke chief symbolic - analysisMembers of the revolutionary guard attend the anniversary ceremony of Iran's Islamic Revolution at the Khomeini shrine in the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, February 1, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi (IRAN - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY)
Bloody and brutal: Killing of IRGC Iran nuke chief symbolic – analysis
The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Iran, a key nuclear engineer behind Iran’s clandestine nuke program, was not just a hit, it was a bloody and symbolic killing.
According to the photos posted online, he wasn’t just killed, one of the cars in his entourage was eviscerated and the other peppered with bullet holes.
This was a hit like the killing of Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano in New York in 1985, a serious assassination that shows the power of those responsible and shows that any Iranian linked to the nuclear program can be found and killed.
He was shot down on a road in broad daylight. This was not a clandestine hit, but a brutal clear killing, the destruction of a major and well-known Iranian figure.
He was not well known like Iran’s foreign minister, not a glad-hander who sucks up to western politicians and is known for nice suits and “moderation,” but a man well known in intelligence circles, among the kinds of people who follow Iran.
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They say he was not a “household name.” But in the households where people know about Iran’s nuclear efforts, ostensibly on hold since the Iran nuclear deal in 2015, he was known. Iran has been increasing its advanced centrifuges in the last years and enriching uranium. One key nuclear site, Natanz, was impacted by sabotage in July. What we know is that this man was a brigadier general in the IRGC, Iran’s key military ideological unit. “Even as a scientist he reportedly retained a senior rank in the RGC as a brigadier general,” notes the Guardian. He was spotlighted in 2011 by an Iranian nuclear watchdog. He was named again in 2018 by Israel.