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How Israel Assassinated an Iranian Nuclear Scientist with a Robot Machine Gun

The Iranian flag waves in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. (Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

This is an extraordinary story. I came across it from a tweet that made it sound like a soft feature on the scientist:

It is anything but:

Around 1 p.m., the hit team received a signal that Mr. Fakhrizadeh, his wife and a team of armed guards in escort cars were about to leave for Absard, where many of Iran’s elite have second homes and vacation villas.

The assassin, a skilled sniper, took up his position, calibrated the gun sights, cocked the weapon and lightly touched the trigger.

He was nowhere near Absard, however. He was peering into a computer screen at an undisclosed location more than 1,000 miles away. The entire hit squad had already left Iran.

Read the whole thing.

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