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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: ‘Father’ of Iran’s nukes said to be long-time Mossad target

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Top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, described by Western officials as the “father” of the Iran’s atomic weapons program, was reportedly in the crosshairs of Israel’s Mossad spy agency well before his assassination Friday outside Tehran.

Fakhrizadeh, who was believed to be 59-years-old, was a physicist, an officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a professor at the Imam Hussein University in Tehran. Several reports said he was born in the Shiite holy city of Qom in central Iran.

Little is known about the shadowy scientist, but Fakhrizadeh led Iran’s so-called “Amad,” or “Hope” program. Israel and the West have alleged it was a military operation looking at the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon in Iran. Tehran has long maintained its nuclear program is peaceful.

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Owing to his alleged work on nuclear weapons, Fakhrizadeh was long a top target of the Mossad, The New York Times said. Unnamed intelligence officials told the Times that Israel was behind Fakhrizadeh’s killing, and Iranian officials accused Jerusalem of the assassination on Friday. There is no public evidence of Israeli involvement and Israel did not immediately comment on the killing.

An Israeli TV report in 2018 claimed Israel may have decided to not assassinate him in the past because it preferred to keep him alive and watch his actions.

Though Iran ostensibly froze all nuclear development as part of its........

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