Israel, Iran Terrorists Are Killing Scientists: Officials
Mossad funding, training People’s Mujahedin of Iran, sources confirm
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2012 8:37 AM CST
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(Newser) – As Iran has long claimed, Israel is indeed behind the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, providing financing, training, and weapons to the Iranian terrorist group that carries out the attacks, US officials confirm to NBC News. Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed since 2007, reportedly by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK). That group of dissidents—which was accused of killing American servicemen in the 1970s—is backed by the Mossad, Israel's secret service. "This is an Israeli plot. A dirty plot," says a senior aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who adds that most of the Iranian government's information came from the interrogation of an MEK member whose attempted attack failed in 2010.

Anonymous US officials confirm that the White House is aware of the campaign but is not directly involved, although one of the three senior officials cited would neither confirm nor deny. According to the senior aide, Mossad agents train MEK members to use motorcycles and small bombs, and even once built a replica of a scientist's home so assassins could learn the layout. There are also unconfirmed reports that Mossad and the MEK were involved in the November explosion that destroyed an Iranian missile research and development site, and one expert says the two groups may have collaborated on other attacks. Click for the full report, which has much more on the US-MEK relationship.

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Feb 9, 2012 11:14 PM CST
Hezbollah and other Iranian backed and armed terrorist groups have killed scores of Israelis, Jews, and Americans. But, I guess if an Iranian rocket doesn't hit your house,or force your kids to sleep in a basement bunker, or having to run with 15 seconds warning of a rocket coming at your school, you can't really can't sympathize with Israelis or anyone. I applaud Israel and its counterterrorist actions to take out those who are building weapons to kill Jews, Israelis and Americans. And the Ten Commandments DO NOT say "Thou Shalt Not Kill." That is Christian mistranslation. It says in Hebrew "Lo Tirzach," or Do not Murder. Back in the 1950s, when Nasser was using ex-Nazi engineers to build his rockets, the Mossad took them out. I love the Iranian people, but those working to threaten and kill grandchildren of the Holocaust survivors should be prepared to meet their 70 heavenly virgins. Never Again means nobody is going to threaten the JEwish people with yet another Holocaust and live to see it. No apologies.
Feb 9, 2012 4:33 PM CST
I've seen a subset of Americans, lots of them, some in these very forums, who hate science and scientists with such vitriolic anger that I wonder whether America might come to this fate at some point.
Feb 9, 2012 12:27 PM CST
Just think these are the people that gave us the 10 comandments, thou shall not kill. Just think these are the people that gave us the christian religion, that even them selfes do not believe in.