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Iranian Scientist Killed
News Bytes 12/2/2020 72 Comments

A scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the 2000s has died. A top Iranian security official is accusing Israel of killing the researcher by means of a remote-controlled device. Now people the world over want answers as to what exactly happened.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the charge about Israel at the funeral for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Fakhrizadeh headed Iran’s AMAD program. Iran says AMAD exists only for the purpose of providing nuclear energy. Israel and some countries in the West claim AMAD was trying to build a nuclear weapon.

Over the last decade, Israel has been suspected of killing other Iranian nuclear scientists. Israeli officials have repeatedly declined to comment. They insist that Iran still plans to develop nuclear weapons. They also point to Iran’s missile program and their research into other technologies. Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Shamkhani’s remarks drastically change the story of Fakhrizadeh’s killing, which took place Friday. At first, authorities said a truck exploded and then gunmen opened fire. Iran state TV even interviewed a man the night of the attack who described seeing the gunmen.

But reports on Monday state that a weapon at the scene bore “the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry.” Multiple news agencies claim the weapon was “controlled by satellite.” None of the outlets have offered evidence supporting their claims.

There are questions surrounding Fakhrizadeh’s death. Was the truck exploded to destroy a satellite-controlled machine gun inside the vehicle? Did someone on the ground set up the weapon?

Shamkhani blames an Iranian exile group called Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) for “having a role in this.” MEK may have assisted Israeli operations in Iran in the past.

At the funeral, Defense Minister General Amir Hatami said Fakhrizadeh’s killing would make Iranians “more united, more determined.”

Overnight, the United Arab Emirates issued a statement condemning “the heinous assassination.” The UAE warned the killing “could further fuel conflict in the region.”

Last year, the UAE found itself in the middle of a conflict between Iran and the United States. UAE officials are suspicious of Iran’s nuclear program but say they want to de-escalate the crisis. The UAE just started passenger air service to Israel, and Israelis are expected to vacation in the country over Hanukkah in the coming days.

Bahrain, an island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, also recently normalized relations with Israel. The country still condemned Fakhrizadeh’s killing, however.

Meanwhile, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official has alerted Israeli diplomatic groups around the globe. He urges them to maintain “the highest level of readiness and awareness of any irregular activity” around missions and Jewish community centers.

Iran’s Minister General Hatami vows to “continue [nuclear weapons research] with more speed and more power.” As for countries that didn’t openly denounce Fakhrizadeh’s killing, he warns: “This will catch up with you someday.”

From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. . . .  for God made man in His own image. — Genesis 9:5-6

(Military personnel stand near the flag-draped coffin of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, November 30, 2020. Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

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1st comment

Radioactivity could have killed him.

2nd Comment

Oh boy. I know this will not be over for a long time. I don't know what to think to what killed him.

3rd comment! P.S. This is Caro

They will probably attack Israel because of this.

Iran is just looking for an

Iran is just looking for an excuse to attack Israel. They have been for years! Iranian leaders have literally sworn to destroy Israel and attack them in any way possible


Isn't Iran the ones who shout "Death to Israel?"
" Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes." reminds me of the "peaceful" protests going around the U.S right now....or were...
They're probably just trying to pick a fight with Israel...

Oh, so the Iranians ARE

Oh, so the Iranians ARE making nuclear weapons. WHAT a shock. So, what, they're making nukes, but that particular AMAD program has nothing to do with it? Yeah, right. I do not trust these people. I think the Israelis probably had good reason to kill that guy. Sure, they could've made a mistake, but everyone is quick to pounce on Israel for defending themselves. So, I think Israel was justified in killing that guy.

this is Mylee

This was on world watch I hate it when people die. But he was a bad man so...... I hope they don't attack God's people in Israel..........

8th comment

do we know he was certainly evil/bad? (him as opposed to being forced by his country)

That's Suspicious

As for countries that didn’t openly denounce Fakhrizadeh’s killing, he warns: “This will catch up with you someday.” Seems like he is threatening people who disagree with his idea. Pretty sus not gonna lie.

@ Hesperus

I don't think that anyone's EVER justified in killing someone else, unless maybe it was an accident. One of the Ten Commandments is: Do not murder. And I doubt he was a Christian, which makes it even more sad...especially if Israel was involved with his death.

@everyone Egypt, Iran and

@everyone Egypt, Iran and other country's usally blame israel for anything. hitler blamed israel for every bad thing happening in the world (i think that was what he said). There is a really good video that i watched (; lies about israel lead to lies about everything). @Asher E it does seem as if they could attack anyone who doesn't agree with their idea just like the left does in america.

There's no proof that Israel

There's no proof that Israel killed the guy. But I'm positive that if Iran found proof they would act on it.

Caro, it is possible that

Caro, it is possible that they will attack Israel, but nuclear weapons was the reason that Great Britain and America went to war with Iran. I don't think Iran will want that to happen again.

@Stefan H

Yah they probably won't get any one outside of the country but will probably persecute people in Iran who don't agree with their idea.


If a police officer is getting attacked by someone then yah i think he/she is justified in shooting that person. Don't get mad i am trying to state my opinion. I don't exactly agree with Hesperus D because I don't know enough about the situation.

16th comment P.S. This is Caro

Aparently a huge amount of kids in public schools think that the Jews caused the Holocost... :( That is just sad that people would think that

I read about it on another

I read about it on another Christian news center.

I'm not sure what to think of

I'm not sure what to think of this.


That's crazy! How did you find out about their views on the Holocaust?


That is so sad. That is the thing about public schools. The government can implant what THEY want to in the kids' minds, and so the kids grow up thinking that what they were taught is correct, and then they stick to those things as adults, and then go vote for someone like Biden.

21st comment P.S. This is Caro

Well I am pretty sure it's true but I don't know for sure. sorry... My brother told me who was told by my mom who found it somewhere but there is a very good chance it isn't true. Sorry again. I wont post anymore stuff unless I am more sure of it. :)


Yes, but God also makes a place for war. He told Israel to wipe out a whole race of people. So, yes, there's a difference between murdering people and war. And I will admit that it can be hard to draw the line between the two. Especially in this day and age.

@ Hesperus

Yeah, true, but that was before Jesus came.

@Stefan H

Yeah, true. But I don't think they would wait for actual for proof if they thought they can get away with it. Hmmm. Now here's a theory. What if America "falls" or gets Biden as President. That would almost guarantee that we would no longer support Israel. Great Britain would most likely just give up on supporting Israel, since they would no longer have our backing. That would mean that many countries that wanted to attack Israel for a long time now would have a chance to do just that.


No, offense, but does that mean we shouldn't have a military?

@ Hesperus

Not sure...I wish we didn't need one ,but I also realize that America needs to defend itself. I wish that could involve no killing. I also don't think we should start wars (not that we do). I just wish there was no sin, no wars, no killing.....


It's too late for stuff like that to NOT happen. Adam could've stopped that like 6,000 years ago but didn't.


I know! It's terribly sad!!! They are now teaching it as a theory!!!

*not a theory they are saying

*not a theory they are saying it didn't really happen

Why fight when we can Negotiate?

It just makes me mad to see all this killing! And terribly sad. I just want everyone to stop fighting! "Why fight when we can negotiate?" ( Jack Sparrow The Pirates of the Caribbean) I like to say that whenever me and/or my siblings are fighting.

This is why my mom regretted

This is why my mom regretted her vote for Obama and voted for Trump. The likeliness that Biden is gonna abandon Israel is high.

but seriously tho.....
"Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes."
nuclear=no peace


Yup Yup Same

War has been part of man's

War has been part of man's nature from the time of the fall. Man is stubborn and that is probably why there is war instead of it all being talked out.

yeah.... I'm not sure about

yeah.... I'm not sure about Iran and their nuclear, just seems like a bad idea

@Isabel F

Well, that's all well and dandy in some cases, but in this case, this is an Islamic nation, and that country as a whole is out to destroy Israel. Like, what, the Iranians will negotiate things and be like, "well, in that case, jk. Now we're BFFs" Yeah right.


Yes, that would be ideal, but we don't live in the ideal. 'way it goes. (Shrug)

there's a reason we're all

there's a reason we're all looking forward to heaven. so we don't have to deal with stuff like this.

@Cheyln D

I do believe that there are potential peaceful uses for nuclear, but coming from a nation that is bent on destroying people that their religion says to, well...
You just can't trust that country.

@ Hesperus

I know. But the reason I disagreed with you in the first place was because you said that you thought Israel was right to murder Fakhrizadeh. If they did.

40th comment

I'm just really happy that God is in control of everything.

I'm not making this up when I

I'm not making this up when I say (or write) this, but I watched a interview with a navy captain and he said the three things you need to keep peace with another nation is: military, economics, and social. In the order I wrote them is the order of importance.


Yes I agree about God being in control! PS random question: is your name pronounced like Steven? I hate when people mispronounce my name (Kara) as Carr-uh instead of Care-uh. So I just like to make sure :-)

Not saying its right

I don't think Israel was right to kill that scientist but who knows it might have been for the better, God uses bad things for good

Personally, I don't think

Personally, I don't think that nuclear is a brilliant idea, it is used in many good ways but if a nuclear factory of something explodes than it just causes so much death and other bad problems, also it supplies atomic bombs, which may or may not be a good idea. Definitely, usually not a good idea though. I'm not even sure about the use in World War 2.


I think it is pronounced "Stef- En" or "Stef- Un"


I meant they were justified in killing him if he was part of a plan to wipe out their nation. Not just because they felt like it. Which is totally what our CIA does...

@ Nora L

The atomic bomb ended WWII, did it not? Saved a lot of American lives. Especially since trying to take Japan over would've been a nightmare. We would've lost so many men...

@ Nora L

As for today, eh, another blurry line. Plus, you gotta be hyper careful with those. And where and when you shoot them.

@ Nora L

Nukes, that is.


It's pronounced Stef-En


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