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NEWS IN TECH – For years, Israeli intelligence operatives had planned to assassinate Iran’s top nuclear expert. Then they found out way to accomplish it without using agents and do it remotely. Such as a project for a home office.
As he does most days, Iran’s senior nuclear scientist awoke an hour before sunrise. He and his wife traveled to their country property in Absard, east of Tehran, from their vacation residence on the Caspian coast. Israel has wanted Mohsen Fakhrizadeh dead for at least 14 years, believing he was in charge of Iran’s nuclear program. Fakhrizadeh had been informed by Iranian intelligence about a potential assassination attempt, but he disregarded the warning. So, on the 27th of November, just after noon, he and his wife climbed into their black Nissan Teana car and drove away.
An enigmatic target
Since 2004, when the Israeli government directed the Mossad, the country’s foreign intelligence service, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, the Mossad has methodically targeted specialists suspected of being engaged in Iran’s nuclear weapons development. Despite several murder attempts, Fakhrizadeh remained elusive. As a result, they made the decision to try something new. A Nissan Zamyad van parked on the side of the road linking Absard to the main road was parked by Iranian Mossad agents. Under the tarpaulin of the vehicle was a 7.62 mm sniper rifle. Fakhrizadeh, his wife, and a number of armed guards were going to Absard in an escort vehicle about 1 p.m., according to the assassination squad. The assassin, a skilled sharpshooter, assumed his position. He was, however, nowhere near Absard. He was staring at a computer screen more than 1,000 kilometers away at an unknown location.
The murder has been reported in the media.
Iran’s reports have been confused, inconsistent, and largely incorrect. A gang of bombers was reported by one, while a vehicle detonated by another. Several Iranian news outlets claimed a few days later that the bomber was a killer robot. The Iranians ridiculed the tale again, this time using a robot as the culprit. The New York Times published an almost science fiction-like story on what occurred, including US, Israeli, and Iranian authorities, including two intelligence agents, as well as the physicist’s family’s comments to the media. This indicates that the operation was the first test of a high-tech computerised sniper robot with artificial intelligence and multi-camera eyes, capable of firing 600 rounds per minute and controlled by satellite.
The clock was ticking away.
Israeli authorities, headed by Mossad Director Jozsi Cohen, and top US officials, including President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and CIA Director Gina Haspel, started planning the murder in late 2019 and early 2020. When the United States started talks with Iran in 2012, Israel’s campaign of sabotage and murder came to an end. The Israelis intended to restart the campaign now that Trump had rejected the deal. Cohen provided the US with a list of potential operations, including the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, at the end of February 2020. US authorities backed the assassination plan briefed in Washington, according to a meeting official. Iran’s tepid reaction to the January 2020 deadline
Both nations were emboldened by the US murder of Iranian military leader Qassim Suleiman. Trump seemed to be on the verge of losing the US election by the summer. Joe Biden, Trump’s probable successor, has vowed to undo Trump’s actions and revert to the 2015 deal. Israel would have required the US’s permission and protection if it intended to kill a top Iranian leader, which might have sparked a war. They had to act before Biden could enter office, which meant they had to move quickly.
Creating the smash hit
Israel has selected an unique variant of a Belgian-made FN MAG machine pistol connected to a sophisticated robotic gadget, according to an intelligence officer familiar with the proposal. However, the machine gun, robot, components, and accessories together weigh in at over a ton. As a result, the technology was disassembled and smuggled into Iran piece by piece, then rebuilt in secret in Iran. The robot was designed to fit inside the Zamyad pickup truck’s bed.
The vehicle was equipped with multi-view cameras to provide the command center with the most comprehensive image possible. The vehicle was also loaded with explosives, allowing it to be blown up after the murder. The artificial intelligence was designed to account for the delay, the bumpiness of the vehicle, and the speed of the scientist’s automobile. The other difficulty was determining whether or not Fakhrizadeh was in the vehicle. So they put up a decoy automobile with a camera to compel the target vehicle to spin around, allowing them to see the target clearly.
The assassination was a heinous crime.
The caravan arrived at the curve just before 15:30. Fakhrizadeh’s vehicle nearly came to a complete stop, allowing him to be identified. One burst was fired by the machine gun. It’s unclear if the bullets struck Fakhrizadeh or simply the automobile’s engine, but the car veered and came to a halt in any scenario. The gunman re-aimed and fired another round, shattering the windshield at least three times and hitting Fakhrizadeh in the shoulder at least once. The scientist exited the vehicle and squatted in front of the open front door. Three additional bullets pierced his spine, forcing him to fall instantly, according to Iran’s Fars News.
Fakhrizadeh’s wife remained unhurt in the assault, which was precise. The Zamyad vehicle then detonated as planned, leaving no one to figure out what had occurred. Much of the robotic equipment, on the other hand, was virtually unharmed. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard was accurate in their judgment that the assault was carried out remotely utilizing an artificial intelligence machine gun “fitted with an intelligent satellite connection.” A total of fifteen rounds were fired at the target throughout the operation, which lasted less than a minute. The weapon has now been added to the arsenal of high-tech weaponry capable of remote targeted killing, and it may be a precursor to the future of warfare.
The New York Times is the source for this information.