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Israel receives its most advanced warship as Iran tensions rise
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Dan Williams | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel received its most advanced warship on Wednesday, describing the German-made vessel dubbed “Shield” as a bulwark for vulnerable Mediterranean gas rigs as tensions with Tehran soar over the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. The navy sees a threat to the gas rigs from Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas, especially after Tehran vowed to retaliate for Friday’s killing of nuclear mastermind Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which it blamed on Israel. “The Iranians are looking for ‘prestige’ targets like these, that can be hit with low casualties, meaning - they may hope - less chance of escalation,” an Israeli security official told Reuters. “The question is whether Hezbollah would strike now.”Though Hezbollah has previously threatened the gas rigs, it said responding to Fakhrizadeh’s death was in Iran’s hands. These, a senior naval officer said, are precautions against Soviet-designed Yakhont cruise missiles and Iranian-made Khalij Fars rockets that Israel believes are in Hezbollah’s arsenal.
Persons: Reuven Rivlin, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, , , Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Biden, Amos Yadlin Organizations: Reuters, Hezbollah, Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security, Soviet Locations: JERUSALEM, Israel, Tehran, Iranian, Saar, Haifa, Gulf . Israel, Lebanon, U.S, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Fars
These events, coupled with the most recent assassination, will clearly exacerbate tensions in the Middle East in the waning days of the Trump administration. The Trump administration has avoided a truly major national security crisis over the past four years, but these last eight weeks may be some of its most dangerous. No country has benefited more from the Trump administration than Israel. Netanyahu recently argued that an attack by Iran could come at any time from various other countries in the region. No country has benefited more from the Trump administration than Israel.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Robert Oppenheimer, Benjamin Netanyahu, ” Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Qassim Soleimani, Al Qaeda’s, Abu Muhammad al, Masri, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Obama, Donald Trump, Netanyahu, Khamenei, Israel, , Abraham, Mike Pompeo, Hassan Rouhani, Rouhani, Otto von Bismarck, John F, Kennedy, Barbara Tuchman’s, Robert, Organizations: Manhattan, Iranian, Mossad, Iran, United Arab, Washington, Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Cuban, Navy Locations: America, Israel, Haifa, Iran, Gen, American, Tehran, United States, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Saudi, Abqaiq, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, U.S, Iranian, Rouhani’s, Fakhrizadeh, Balkans, , Sarajevo
(Reuters) - Joe Biden will not immediately cancel the Phase 1 trade agreement that President Donald Trump struck with China nor take steps to remove tariffs on Chinese exports, the New York Times on Wednesday quoted the U.S. president-elect as saying. “I’m not going to make any immediate moves, and the same applies to the tariffs. I’m not going to prejudice my options,” President-elect Biden told Friedman. “I want to make sure we’re going to fight like hell by investing in America first,” Biden said. “In consultation with our allies and partners, we’re going to engage in negotiations and follow-on agreements to tighten and lengthen Iran’s nuclear constraints, as well as address the missile program,” Biden added.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Thomas Friedman, Biden, Trump, “ I’m, Friedman, ” Biden, , Mohammad Javad Zarif, Organizations: Reuters, New York Times, , Iranian Locations: China, Beijing, U.S, America, Iran, Tehran
WASHINGTON—Iran has sent arms and dispatched paramilitary operatives to help Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro maintain his hold on power, the top U.S. military commander for Central and South America said Wednesday. Tehran has used the force to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other foreign allies and proxies. Iran is just one U.S. adversary backing the embattled Venezuela leader. Thousands of Cubans have been “basically owning” the country’s intelligence service and guard force that protects Mr. Maduro, Adm. Faller said. Adm. Faller’s comments on Iran come amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran and represent a rare instance in which a senior U.S. military official has publicly accused Iran of shipping arms to Venezuela.
Persons: Nicolás Maduro, , ” Adm, Craig Faller, Bashar al, Assad, United Nations didn’t, Maduro, Faller, Faller’s Organizations: South America, U.S . Southern Command, Quds Force, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, United Nations Locations: WASHINGTON — Iran, Venezuela, Central, South, Tehran, Iran, Washington, U.S
Humiliated by the killing of a top nuclear scientist, Iranian officials sought this week to rewrite the attack as an episode of science fiction: Israel had executed him entirely by remote control, spraying bullets from an automated machine gun propped up in a parked Nissan without a single assassin on the scene. “Why don’t you just say Tesla built the Nissan? It drove by itself, parked by itself, fired the shots and blew up by itself?” one hard-line social media account said. Iranian officials have vowed to avenge the killing of the scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a high-ranking official in the Defense Ministry. The prospect of a counterattack against Israel or the West threatens to hamper efforts by the incoming Biden administration to revive a nuclear agreement with Iran.
Persons: Israel, Tesla, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Biden Organizations: Nissan, Interior Ministry, Defense Ministry Locations: Israel, Iran
President Donald Trump has "checked out" on his Iran policy, giving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo freedom to dictate policy short of "start[ing] World World III," The Daily Beast reported, citing US officials. Trump wants to deter Iran from rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal, a key plan of Biden's incoming administration. Former US diplomats previously told Insider the November 27 hit on Iran's top nuclear scientist — believed to be perpetrated by Israel — was also designed to damage Biden's plan. One White House official told the outlet that Trump has "checked out" over Iran, handing the reigns to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Iran hawks in the administration. But the news that Trump has given up on directing Iran policy indicates that his attention has run its course.
Persons: Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Joe Biden, Trump, , Israel —, Qassem Soleimani, Joe Biden's, Barack Obama, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Brendan Smialowski, Mehri, Samantha Lee, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Pompeo, William McRaven Organizations: White, Getty Images, Business, International Atomic Energy Agency, The New York Times, Daily, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Retired Navy, Navy, ABC Locations: Iran, AFP, China, Russia, Tehran
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, but diplomats say the call is likely to go unheeded. Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. The Security Council is charged with maintaining international peace and security and has the ability to authorize military action and impose sanctions. The United States traditionally shields Israel from any action at the Security Council. Any council member or Iran could choose to raise the killing of Fakhrizadeh during that meeting.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, U.N, Jerry Matjila, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Agnes Callamard, Fakhrizadeh, Callamard, extraterritorially, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, , ” U.N, Stephane Dujarric, Donald Trump’s Organizations: YORK, United Nations Security Council, Iranian Defense Ministry, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Diplomats, Security, United, Security Council, Washington, Twitter, U.S Locations: Iranian, Tehran, Iran, United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, Fakhrizadeh, Israeli, Israel
Saudi minister rejects Iranian accusation on scientist's killing
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Mourners sit next to the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, during the burial ceremony at the shrine of Imamzadeh Saleh, in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. Hamed Malekpour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs on Tuesday criticised Iran’s foreign minister for implicating Riyadh in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. “Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have recently ramped up rhetoric against Iran, which is locked in several proxy wars with Riyadh in the region. Saudi Arabia has not formally condemned the assassination, unlike the other five Gulf Cooperation Council member countries.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Imamzadeh Saleh, Hamed Malekpour, Zarif, Will, Adel, Jubeir, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike, Pompeo’s, ” Zarif, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, , Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS DUBAI, Reuters, Saudi, Iranian, Gulf Cooperation Council, RT, Riyadh’s United Nations Locations: Tehran, Iran, Riyadh, Iranian, Saudi Arabia, Israeli, , Israel, Gulf, Russian
WASHINGTON — The assassination of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist shocked Iran's leadership but will not derail the country's nuclear program, which has been steadily advancing despite President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" policy, experts say. The United States and Western governments believe he oversaw a covert nuclear weapons program, which U.S. intelligence agencies say was shut down in 2003. Iran denies it ever had a nuclear weapons program, and it has accused Israel of orchestrating last week's assassination. But Iran's nuclear work continued unabated, and its know-how remains intact, experts said. Iran will be able to resume its nuclear weapons program if that's what Ayatollah Khamenei chooses to do, Lewis wrote.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Donald Trump's, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Kelsey Davenport, Majid Asgaripour, Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Alireza Miryousefi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Davenport, Obama, Jeffrey Lewis, Lewis, Khamenei, Joe Biden's, Biden, Trump, Qassem Soleimani, Robert Malley, Malley, David Albright, Albright, U.N Organizations: Arms Control Association, Reuters, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, United Nations, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Former U.S, Obama White House, Group, Institute for Science, International Security, NBC News Locations: Iranian, Iran, Tehran, WANA, Damavand County, United States, U.S, Israel, Shahrud, Natanz, tatters, Fakhrizadeh deprives Iran
Swedish-Iranian scientist may face imminent execution, say rights groups
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - Swedish-Iranian scientist Ahmadreza Djalali, sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges, may face imminent execution, rights groups said on Tuesday. “On 1 December, a judge said Ahmadreza was to be transferred to Rajai Shahr prison TODAY to proceed with his imminent execution,” Amnesty International said on Twitter. “His lawyer was informed that Ahmadreza would be transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison ... today (Tuesday, Dec. 1),” Iran Human Rights said in a statement, quoting his wife Vida Mehrannia. Sweden’s foreign minister said last week she had spoken to her Iranian counterpart after reports Iran may soon carry out Djalali’s death sentence. Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries.
Persons: Ahmadreza Djalali, , Ahmadreza, Vida Mehrannia Organizations: Reuters, Amnesty, Twitter, Rights, Karolinska Institute Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Rajai Shahr, Swedish, Stockholm, Israel, Tehran
Iranian MPs seek hardening of nuclear stance after scientist killed
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )But the government promptly said the move, proposed in response to the assassination of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, could not change Iran’s nuclear policy, which was the province of the Supreme National Security Council. Parliament has often demanded a hardening of Iran’s position on the nuclear issue in recent years, without much success. A senior Iranian official said on Monday that Tehran suspected a foreign-based opposition group of complicity with Israel in the killing of Fakhrizadeh, whom Western powers see as the architect of an abandoned Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Biden has said he will return the United States to the 2015 deal if Iran resumes compliance. Iran has always denied pursuing nuclear weapons.
Persons: Israel, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, , Ali Rabiei, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi, law.Iran, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Supreme National Security Council Locations: DUBAI, United States, Iranian, Tehran, Iran
Nuclear Scientist’s Killing Prompts Iranian Lawmakers to Act
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Aresu Eqbali | Sune Engel Rasmussen | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.78   time to read: 1 min
TEHRAN—Iranian lawmakers urged the Rouhani government to restrict United Nations inspections of its nuclear activities and boost uranium enrichment, following the killing last week of a top nuclear scientist. On Tuesday, a majority of parliamentary members agreed on the outlines of a motion that would allow Iran to curtail access for U.N. inspectors to Iranian facilities that are not declared nuclear sites, and begin stocking highly enriched uranium, an essential step in producing fissile material for a possible nuclear weapon....
Organizations: United Locations: TEHRAN, Iran
A top Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in an attack in a town near Tehran on Nov. 27, the latest blow to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh risks fueling hostilities in the Middle East at a time when Iran needs to restore diplomacy with the U.S. to gain sanctions relief and salvage its economy, but is also looking for ways to deter its enemies. His death was also a strike against Iran’s nuclear capabilities, which Tehran agreed to contain in the 2015 nuclear deal, but which the U.S. and its allies still face challenges in restraining. Who was Mohsen Fakhrizadeh? Mr. Fakhrizadeh, a physics professor and brigadier general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was widely seen as the father of Iran’s weapons program in the 1990s and 2000s, before it was disbanded.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Robert Oppenheimer Organizations: Iran’s, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, U.S Locations: Iranian, Tehran, Iran, American
Iranians are 'desperate' for a nuclear deal under Biden, author says
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.61   time to read: 1 min
Iranians are 'desperate' for a nuclear deal under Biden, author saysDavid Patrikarakos, author of "Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State," discusses the killing of Iran's nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and the possibility of a resumption of nuclear talks under the Biden administration.
Persons: Biden, David Patrikarakos, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Organizations: Atomic Locations: Iran
Opinion | The Fallout From the Killing of an Iranian Nuclear Scientist
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The Iranian people have spoken out repeatedly and at great personal cost, getting gunned down or imprisoned. The Iranian people have no hatred for Jews and no interest in imposing their dictates on their Sunni neighbors. President Barack Obama ignominiously turned his back on the Iranian people’s 2009 Green Revolution. The question now is whether President Biden will make the same mistake and side with the ayatollahs against their own people. Charles KnappRoxbury, Conn.To the Editor:Barbara Slavin describes the assassination of the military officer in charge of Iran’s nuclear bomb program as an illegal criminal act under international law.
Persons: Slavin, , Kenneth A, Margolis Chappaqua, Biden, , Barack Obama ignominiously, Charles Knapp Roxbury, Barbara Slavin Locations: Iran, United States, Israel, Conn, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq
Bahrain condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: 1 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Bahrain’s ministry of foreign affairs on Monday condemned the killing of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran and called for all parties to show restraint. “Given what the region is going through, the kingdom of Bahrain calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid the region drifting to new levels of instability and threatening peace,” the ministry added.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Locations: CAIRO, Tehran, Bahrain
Lebanon urges self-restraint after killing of Iranian scientist
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon on Monday called for self-restraint following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, to avoid a slide towards the “worst scenario”. Lebanon, which is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, condemned the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday in an ambush near Tehran. In a statement, the Lebanese foreign ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide towards the worst scenario in the region”. Hezbollah, which was founded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982 and exercises major influence in Lebanon, has said the response for the assassination is in Iran’s hands. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Iran’s, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Iran’s, Guards, West Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Iranian, Tehran . Iran, Lebanese, Israel
DUBAI/LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - OPEC members reached a broad consensus on the need to extend existing oil production cuts for three months from January if their allies in the wider OPEC+ group also support such a move, ministers and delegates said on Monday. OPEC+ had been due to ease existing production cuts by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January. “OPEC will probably agree to extend the current production ceiling for the first quarter of 2021, if the non-OPEC countries agree with it in (Tuesday’s) meeting,” an OPEC source said. Adding to the challenge within OPEC+, Moscow’s finances can tolerate lower oil prices than Riyadh’s. [O/R]Oil had a bull run last week triggered by hopes for a COVID-19 virus vaccine and expectations of a rollover in OPEC+ cuts.
Persons: Leonhard, Abdelmadjid Attar, Bijan Zanganeh, ” Zanganeh, SHANA, “ Tomorrow’s, , Dmitry Peskov, Peskov, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, REUTERS, Algerian Energy, Iranian, reconvene, OPEC, Saudi, Deutsche Bank, Oil Locations: DUBAI, LONDON, MOSCOW, OPEC's, Vienna, Austria, Algerian, OPEC, Russia, Saudi Arabia, U.S
Iran begins burial of slain prominent nuclear scientist - TV
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran began the burial of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a cemetery in northern Tehran on Monday, state TV reported, as the defence minister promised the Islamic Republic would retaliate for his killing. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy, Israel, for the killing. Iran has in the past accused Israel of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists since 2010. His body was later transferred to the Emamzade Saleh cemetery in northern Tehran for burial. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , General Amir Hatami, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Tzachi Hanegbi Organizations: Reuters, Islamic Locations: DUBAI, Iran, Tehran, Islamic Republic, masterminding, Israel, Iranian, Fars
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s English-language Press TV said on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist last week was made in Israel. “The weapon collected from the site of the terrorist act (where Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated) bears the logo and specifications of the Israeli military industry,” an unnamed source told Press TV.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Organizations: Reuters, Press Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Israel
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s English-language Press TV reported on Monday that the weapon used in the killing of prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last week was made in Israel, the Islamic Republic’s longtime enemy. Witnesses on Friday told state TV that there were gunmen on the ground. Speaking before the Press TV report, Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told radio station 103 FM on Monday that he did not know who was responsible. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel, for Fakhrizadeh’s killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Alam, Eli Cohen, Israel, Donald Trump’s, Cohen, , Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Press, Islamic, Alam TV, West, U.S, Trump Locations: DUBAI, Israel, Jerusalem, Fars, Iran, Tehran, Islamic Republic, Haifa, Washington, United States
Protesters hold the pictures of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran's top nuclear scientist, during a demonstration against his killing in Tehran, Iran, November 28, 2020. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSIran’s English-language Press TV reported the weapon used in Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was made in Israel. Iran’s clerical and military rulers have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s killing. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance. Tehran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Majid Asgaripour, , Eli Cohen, Ali Shamkhani, , Israel, Iran’s, Fakhrizadeh, Alam, Cohen, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reuters, Protesters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS Iran’s, Press, Supreme National Security Council of, Zionist, Council of Resistance, Iran, Alam TV, U.S, Trump Locations: DUBAI, Iranian, Israel, Tehran, Iran, Jerusalem, Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Paris, Islamic Republic, Fars, Haifa, Washington, United States
Iran's top nuclear scientist was killed with a remote-controlled machine gun, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Mohsen Fakhrizad, who was seen as the father of Iran's nuclear program, was killed while driving with his wife and security convoy near Tehran on Friday. The gun was mounted on the back of a Nissan truck which self-destructed after the three-minute attack, Fars said. Iran's foremost nuclear scientist was killed by a remote-controlled machine gun mounted atop a truck, the semi-official Fars news agency has said. Iranian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesAccording to Fars, after the hit on Fakhrizadeh was complete, the Nissan truck exploded.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizad, Israel, Ali Shamkhani, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Amir Hatami, Mohamed Ahwaze, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Zarif, , Donald Trump, Barack Obama Organizations: Nissan, Iranian, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, BBC, Organization of Iran, Terrorists, Getty Images, New York Times, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, International Atomic Energy Agency Locations: Fars, Tehran, Iran, Absard, Israel, Fakhrizadeh, Sharifi, Iranian
This is part of Iran's longstanding campaign to amass foreign — particularly US and European — hostages so they can be used as pawns in future diplomatic deals with their countries, US and European officials told Insider. "Iran thinks it will always be treated like a pariah state by the West," the official added. A funeral ceremony of Iranian Top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in Tehran, Iran on November 30, 2020. Moore-Gilbert familyIran's playbook — according to the US official, and seconded by the European intelligence official — for dual citizens were obvious:They would be interrogated for information about Western activities in Iran. Journalists have also been arrested, said the European intelligence official, pointing to dual-national Americans who have arrested and imprisoned in Tehran.
Persons: Kylie Moore, Gilbert, , Israel, Moore, Iran's, Trump, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, They've, Joe, Biden, Hassan Rouhani, wasn't Organizations: Top, Iranian Defense Ministry, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Trump, Reuters, University of Melbourne, Journalists, Intelligence, US Locations: Iran, Thailand, European, Tehran, British, Bangkok, Australia, Britain, Europe, Israel
Days after the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, retired US Navy Adm. William McRaven said that retaliation is all but inevitable. I don't see any way around it," McRaven, former head of US Special Operations Command and the Navy SEAL who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said on ABC's "This Week." Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the former Navy SEAL and special operations commander who oversaw the bin Laden raid, said Sunday that Iranian retaliation for the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist is all but certain. "The Iranians are going to be in a position where they have to retaliate," McRaven said. McRaven had a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL, serving as the 11th commander of Joint Special Operations Command and the ninth commander of US Special Operations Command.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, William McRaven, McRaven, Israel, Martha Raddatz, Fakhrizadeh, Ali Shamkhani, Iran's, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Martyr Fakhrizadeh, Hassan Rouhani, Qassem, Esmaeil Qaani, Soleimani, Biden, Joe, Osama bin Laden Organizations: US, Operations Command, Navy SEAL, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Nissan, Fars News Agency, Supreme National Security Council, Force, ABC Locations: Iranian, Iran, Tehran, Fars, Iraq, Israel, Gen
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