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Sticky Bomb Kills Iranian Nuke Scientist

by John Reed on November 29, 2010

The Scene of A Bombing That Killed an Iranian Nuclear Scientist

Well, the crazy spy vs Iranian nuke scientist saga continues. This weekend saw the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist by what sounds like some sort of sticky bomb, (remember Saving Private Ryan?).

One scientist was killed and his wife wounded when their car was approached by attackers on motorcycles who somehow attached a bomb to his car before speeding away to detonate it. Another Iranian nuclear scientist and his wife were wounded in a similar, simultaneous attack. It turns out this isn’t the first time this has happened.

From the New York Times:

The attacks were similar to a bombing last January in which a remote-controlled bomb killed another physics professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, outside his home.


The Iranian authorities also blamed that attack on the United States and Israel, a charge the State Department dismissed as absurd.

Who knows who was behind it. Nevertheless, all this seems to be the latest in the game to keep Iran from getting nukes. Remember this very bizarre incident? One can only ask, do assassinations have an effect in persuading Iran to cut its nuclear ambitions or do they simply encourage Tehran to keep plugging away at building a nuke by making the government feel under siege?

Here’s the rest of the Times article.

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Wildcard November 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I don't think these are aimed at persuading Iran to cut its nuclear ambitions. These are active measures to delay their progress.

The Stuxnet 'virus' works to disrupt the enrichment phase.
These targeted assassinations, eliminate the knowledge base.


Musson November 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I have to wonder if this type of attack, in coordination with the computer virus, is as effective as a military strike? It is certainly less risky.


blight November 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Probably the Iranians. On the one hand they preach about how they are so awesome at keeping "the Great Satan" at bay, and when it suits them, the country is full of heretics working for the Great and Little Satans.


Oblat November 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Man up blight if your going to support assassination of civilians and their families then be brave enough to admit it.


blight November 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

Assassinations by a government of it's own researchers or the idea that American intelligence would go so far as to risk getting caught putting sticky bombs on a civilian's car? Especially in the day of wikileaks, no less!

No, it's obviously not Americans, or at least if it is it has to be compartmentalized like all hell. Maybe one of the many countries in the gulf that don't like Iran, starting with the Saudis.


Armoureddinnerjacket November 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

There are no gays in Iran


kim November 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Sure you spelled your name right?


John moore November 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I think we all know the two possible countires behind this: Saudi Arabia or Israel or maybe even both!


Anthony November 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

civilians working on weapons that will kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians? You lose your "civilian" status once you get your hands dirty like that. Sorry


charles November 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm

So you implied that the bombs built for the Iranian governement will be used,while the nuclear weapon is today more a dissuasive weapon.
Also,this kind of statement,while being true,should be applied on all the weapons manufacturers in the world,and all those implied in their productions.A lot of peoples have their hands dirty today…


Rarian Rakista November 30, 2010 at 12:14 am

Not a single country has shown proof they are weaponizing. If anyone did they would be shouting it from the roof tops.


@Earlydawn November 30, 2010 at 1:33 am

Perhaps it's the proclamations that Israel needs to be "wiped off the map". I'm no fan of Israel and its establishment, but c'mon. Iran isn't some poor victim in this situation. When all the major players on the Arabian Peninsula are agreeing with Israel on an issue, the international community should pay attention.


Charlie December 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Perhaps he never said that. Learn Farsi and check it yourself. It was propaganda. He said something like Jewish domination. Iran has the biggest numbers of jews in any Middle Eastern country. He has nothing against jews, only against a particular political movement, Zionism, which is imperalistic in nature and the cause of this wars. Check your source, they are misleading and lying to you.


@MrKopfschuss November 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Well said.


eu__ November 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm

i only hope that the usa will pressure israel to get rid of its NW, when the whole iran problem is over.


Rarian Rakista November 30, 2010 at 12:15 am

Agreed, a country the size of Israel should not have nuclear weapons, regardless of their ideology.


eu__ November 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

forgot to add:
start behaving nicely in the region/ get rid of the NW


Belesari November 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

It would still be surrounded by hostile enemies who view its inhabitants at best as peasants above their station. At worst slaves or inhuman…….wait a minute wasnt their someone else who thought that way about jews…..didnt we continually copitualate to them even when they blatantly threatened us…………nah no group is stupid enough to fall for that trick twice.

Seriously….if all the nations of the middleast behaved the way israel does there would be no need for trips to iraq every decade or so or any problems there with extremism.

And dont give me that they are on palestinian land. That land has been possesed by half the peoples of africa, the middleast and europe as well as the huns so who gives a dang.


eu__ November 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

but the usa and eu have no reservations selling weaps to their neighbours that are equal to (f-15 with the same aesa radar) or better then (eurofighter) then what the israel gets.
plus usa can provide protection (retalliatory strike or equal) for israel from an attack from the WMD as it does for the germany (and SK i think). and they (israel) already have a us military assistance program running.

they don't need nuclear weapons. they should focus on getting along better with the neighbours
and that includes ceasing pissing off the international community by building settlements on the disputed – gaza – land and a blockade of it – there are still many civilians there i know, because their kids have/ are been treated in our hospitals

that in the event that the iranian nuclear problem is finished of course.


Belesari November 30, 2010 at 8:46 pm

No offense the US has screwed the Israelies plenty of times before. One of those lead to the attack on the USS liberty by israeli plans because we were funneling info to the egyptians.

THE IRAELIES ARENT GOING TO TRUST OTHERS EVER AGAIN. The Jews have learned that leasson well.

Yet you want them to trust people around them who screw their own allies over daily? You must live in a entirely different world than mine.

Once you get hit by a nuke when your the size of israel the war is over. Thats stupid. Its like waiting for someone to put a bullet threw their head before they fire back.


eu__ December 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

yeah, all true. but the uss liberty actually came too close to teh egyptian coast without any permission (and notice) from/ to anyone (israelis, americans)…

eu__ December 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

plus i said that the israel should get rid of the nukes WHEN THE IRANIAN SHAH/ NUCLEAR PROBLEM IS OVER — when there is a more civilized government pulling the string there.
if it's possible

STemplar November 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

In the context of this recent wikileaks case it could just as likely be us that did it. It's clear everyone else in the region would like us to bomb Iran, it's the US and probably Europeans that don't want to. I'm sure because of the associated political fallout. The virus attack and this are no doubt to buy time and put that go/no go decision point off. I would say the ABM talks at NATO give an idea of the US and European position, which is Iran eventually gets nukes and we put a containment policy in place.

Israel will never disarm if Iran is arming, it simply won't happen. We can't even get them to not build apartments, we certainly aren't going to persuade them to give up their nuclear deterrent while Iran is building one. For that to happen there would have to be regime change in Iran.


Oblat November 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm

With all the fear of the Zionists and all the despotic royal families under threat of a popular uprising you would think we could do something to help. We usually do.


Philo November 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

I nominate Comrade Oblatski to head over there and fix all the problems. For the Motherland Oblat! For the Motherland…….


crackedlenses November 30, 2010 at 10:22 am



praetorian November 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Nice lol


joe November 29, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Your all way off base here…it's quite obvious that it was Hugo Chavez the Venezuela el Presidente'.

All part of his evil plan to take over the world…just follow the clues….

Iranian Nulear Scientist assassinated
Sticky bomb
Nobody stepping up to take credit
Blame the United States
Blame Israel
Cracked cashew nut shells on the ground behind the bushes
And a empty bottle of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum upturned in the dirt.
Plus a half eaten plate of Pabellon Criollo flipped as if left by a person in a great hurry…
And the eye witness account of the mysterious man with a bad skin complexion running and laughing and screaming into the night


Indymaru November 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Israel dumping their nukes won't deter Muslim Iran from its task: destruction of Israel and implementation of, initially, some sort of regional Islamic republic or group fo them. Persians have an Aryan view. They imagine themselves to be the Aryan stock, which is one reason why Arabs historically abhor them.


Belesari November 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

They dont imagine themselves they are from different stock. At least those from the Northern area are.

And most arabs hate everybody. They are weird that way.


Kevin Pillow November 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

With the new information from the Embassy Cables from wikileaks It would not be surprising if other arab league nations which have the capacity to carry out these missions indeed acted in there best interest. While one party may have the financing, hint hint, and the other has access to the best minds in the western hemisphere, hint hint, it could well be a collaboration with a win win solution for both and/or all parties involved. Cut the head of the snake off.


Chimp November 30, 2010 at 2:26 am

The new information is hardly "new", unless you've been living under a rock for the last 65 years.

These attacks were reasonably sophisticated. The devices killed their targets, but left passengers alive, though there's no way of knowing if that was by design. That means design, construction and placement were pretty good. Professional, even. State actors are the most likely here.

Possible sources then are Syria or Israel (both highly experienced in this kind of thing), Saudi Arabia (or Syria as a proxy). The US is possible, though it's a bit subtle. I'd expect a cruise-missile-through-the-window type message in that case.

Getting a lot less likely, could be the UK or the Frogs.

Anyway, definitely legitimate targets, and clearly attempts were made to limit civilian casualties. Good op, really.


elgatoso December 1, 2010 at 2:12 am

Syria is Iran satellite


Infidel4LIFE November 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

The Saudi's, Jordan could have done it. Syria? Why would they? The assasins were probably arabs or even Kurds. A CIA op it may be, but Mossad and the Saudi's are my bet.


Chimp December 1, 2010 at 2:52 am

Why is a good question, and I have no answer. In terms of capability, there aren't that many choices, IMHO.

I dispute the assertion that Syria is an Iranian proxy. Syria has its own agenda. That occasionally coincides with Irans. They're both malign influences on the region.


Philo November 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

I'm finding info that this guy was Iranistan's point man for eradicating W32.Stuxnet…..

StuxNet Lives! lol


Engineer November 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

I absolutely hope that the CIA/DIA was involved in this – if not someone @ the CIA should be fired for letting someone else beat us to the punch! It's about time we go on the offense with these Islamic Nuts and put a little terror in their lives!


Infidel4LIFE November 30, 2010 at 11:44 am

Ditto Wildcard. Similar to Iraq's Osirak reactor program. We all know how that ended up. Its coming, before the summer of 2011 is over. You can delay only so long.


jaythehistorian December 6, 2010 at 12:35 am

It was the Mossad with assistance from one or more of the Persian Gulf Arab states.


David December 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Cool, cloak and dagger stuff…


Keenen Altic February 1, 2011 at 2:35 am

My fellow Americans are so blatently ignorantly arrogant to think that war or covert action solves any problems. People with vendetta's are always left over after the "victory". The inflamatory attitude towards Iran only proves Ahmedinejhads point that America is out to get it though it hasn't done anything to deserve it. After all, nukes "don't kill people; people kill people". Or does a double standard apply to that ideology as well. SHAZAM


Joe Schmoe February 1, 2011 at 2:17 am

Sure, Iran's support of Hezbollah and Hamas mean nothing to you then?


mike jones October 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

Americas support for PJAK, PKK, Al-gayda, israell, mubarka, ben ali, saleh, Saddam, and last but not least the Saudi terrorists means nothing to you? America sells arms to Saudi Arabia and prince bandar funnels them to the Taliban. you know Taliban receives almost half their funding from Saudi a state you support?


blight October 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

Saudis don't funnel arms to the Taliban. /Some/ Islamic charities that raise money in the ME for Islamic organizations send it to many corners of the world. Some of it goes to Pakistan. Of that money that goes to Pakistan, some goes directly to the Taliban. Some goes to madrassas, a fraction of which are Wahhabi/Salafi, which brainwash young boys to become foot soldiers for Islam, who then join the Taliban.

If the Saudis were openly arming the Taliban, we would know because American hardware would begin appearing in the hands of the Taliban. Most of their equipment probably comes from corrupt officials in Afghanistan or Pakistan, plus whatever is available on the black market, likely sourced from purchases from Norinco, East European surpluses (whatever's left of it that wasn't expended in sub-Saharan Africa), and maybe some day Libyan military surplus.


blight October 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

The alternative possibility is that some of the nuke scientists are trying to get out of dodge (or have been in contact with foreign intelligence agencies), and are being killed as a message to toe to the party line; while publicly the blame is put on the Zionists and the Crusaders for launching the attack. I mean, why risk the humiliation of telling the world that Iranian scientists are spying on your own energy programs? Just kill them publicly and bury the truth.


eu__ December 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

but it's true that it's highly unlikely, as otherwise there would be only a question of time, when the egypt/ syria/ iran/ jordan invaded again…


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