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It's finally here!
I'm extremely excited to announce that my book "Iranian-Saudi Rivalry since 1979: In the Words of Kings & Clerics" has been published by @BloomsburyBooks @ibtauris.
Let me tell you a little bit about my book & my decade-long journey in this thread🧵1/25
This book is a revision of my DPhil Dissertation at @UniofOxford @StCrossCollege which covered Iranian & Saudi Mutual (mis)Representations 1979-2009 & subsequent work that covered this rivalry up to 2021 as an Academic Visitor at @StAntsCollege @OxfordMEC . 2/25
This publication builds on the work of great experts, scholars & academics including [in alpha. order]
#ShahramChubin @carnegienpp
#HennerFürtig @GIGA_Institute 3/25
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The Iranian Revolutionary Guards yesterday upgraded their version on the assassination of #Fakhrizadeh: Deputy Commander Ali Fadavi said that the operation was carried out with automatic weapons, via satellite, facilitating artificial intelligence,…
without the operatives present at the scene. Using biometric identification software that was focusing on the face of the nuclear scientist, even his wife, who was inches away, was not harmed.
If the description so seemed to be inspired by the movie "The Jackal"
(Bruce Willis, 1997) then now it more alike the opening scene of "Angel Has Fallen" (Gerard Butler, 2019)

Common to all versions coming from IRGC, the agency in charge of Fakhrizadeh's security: This was an unavoidable assassination, a kind of force majeure, and the absence
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2/ Obama DOD Law of War Manual, issued 2016, restated & endorsed long-held JAG position that "civilian scientists occupying key positions in a weapons program regarded as vital to a nation's national security or war aims [are] liable to legitimate attack."…
3/ Obama Admin's DOD Law of War Manual also restated & endorsed that "more than 900 of the World War II Project Manhattan personnel were civilians, and their participation in the U.S. atomic weapons program was of such importance as to have made them liable to legitimate attack."
4/ Fakhrizadeh more than fit the description: he was not just an Iran nuclear weapons scientist but the program's chief, and per BBC also "head of the ministry of defence's research and innovation organisation."…
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1. in a nutshell: why is this @wikileaks cable on #Fakhrizadeh is important?… Because it reveals that the media characterisation of #Fakhrizadeh as "the father of #Iran's nuclear weapons programme" is NOT substantiated
2. if you characterise a nuclear scientist as "the father of X's country nuclear weapons programme", you mean someone like #AQKhan, the father of the #Pakistani #nuclearWeapons. However the #WikiLeaks cable provides insight he was not
3. according to #OlliHeinonen, "there were others in the Iranian nuclear establishment equally or more important than #Fakhrizadeh". This means #Fakhrizadeh was not the #Iran's #AQAKhan
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1. as always,@wikileaks provides a valuable service: just read this cable about #Fakhrizadeh:… though it was released 10 years ago and it is dated 2008, it still provides an insight on #Iran and #Fakhrizadeh
2. in the #WikiLeaks' cable you can read #OlliHeinonen's commenting on #Fakhrizadeh: "there were others on the #Iranian #nuclearEstablishment equally or
more important than #Fakhrizadeh":…
3. why is #OlliHeinonen's comment on #Fakhrizadeh important? Because in these days we are told that #Fakhrizadeh was the "father of #Iran's #nuclearWeaponsProgramme", kind of the #Iranian version of #AQKhan.
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1. come sempre #WikiLeaks ci fornisce informazioni uniche, anche quando i documenti risalgono a ben 12 anni fa. Leggete questo cablo su #Fakhrizadeh(inglese):…
2. se leggete cablo di #WikiLeaks scoprirete una cosa: contrariamente a come viene presentato in questi giorni, #OlliHeinonen,dell'#IAEA descrive #Fakhrizadeh così: "nell'establishment nucleare iraniano, ci sono altri scienziati altrettanto e anche più importanti di #Fakhrizadeh"
3. chiunque si sia mai occupato di #armiNucleari e #proliferazioneNucleare e conosca #IAEA sa benissimo che #OlliHeinonen era capo del più importante Dipartimento dell'#IAEA: quello delle #Safeguards,che conduce e coordina gli ispettori IAEA
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There's not much credible available on Mohsen #Fakhrizadeh's academic history. How come an Iraq war veteran ends up being a scientist? How did he become so imp for the regime to head the prog he did? Fakhrizadeh's head of #Iran's nuclear smuggling ring at best. Not a scientist.
Even his freshly post Wikipedia bio doesn't go beyond stating that #Fakhrizadeh's a faculty member of the Imam Hossein University in 1991 before becoming head of what's later known Physics Research Centre at Lavizan-Shian. No academic papers. No hands-on experience as a scientist
Thu #IAEA never quizzed him, it identified #Fakhrizadeh as a scientist due to his role at SPND and that's that. His old (WSJ) and recent (WaPo) profile don't record his scientific work. As with much of #Iran's arms industry, the top heads arranged vital tech for prog illicitly.
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To those ignorant voices, mainly the US-Iranians who more royal than the king, accusing the Iranian sec forces of a failure I say:

You have no clue because you have been pampered in the #US and never seen or understood how these assassination plots are carried out. Read more>..
According to the most experts in security and protection teams, when a car bomb explodes in front of a protection team and a VIP convoy, only 2% succeed to escape, particularly when another hit team is waiting and have been skillfully trained.
Regardless of the level of training of VIP bodyguards, unless there is a very large convoy (which is not the case for a director of a scientific program even if threatened in the past), the chances to escape an ambush like the one set up for #Fakhrizadeh is extremely slim. #Iran.
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Now that the smoke has cleared somewhat, a few thoughts on the assassination of Mohsen #Fakhrizadeh:

1. What does it mean for Iran's nuclear program?

2. How will it affect future #JCPOA talks? And

3. How will it affect Iranian and regional politics? 1/
What does it mean for Iran's nuclear program? #Fakhrizadeh is said to have headed the AMAD plan: Scientific and technological projects allegedly aimed to give the IRI the capability to build a nuclear explosive device. This murder represents both practical and symbolic blows. 2/
We don't have full clarity on #Fakhrizadeh's current work and if he was indeed retired as some claim. But practically, if the IRI wanted to restart its alleged weaponization effort, his loss denies it an enormous technical-managerial talent who could have overseen/advised it. 3/
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Neue Eskalation in Nahost.
In einem gut durchplanten Angriff wurde der Leiter des iranischen Atomprogramms, Dr. #MohsenFakhrizadeh , ermordet.
Indizien weisen auf #Israel hin.
Iran kündigte Rache an
Schon vor Tagen gab´s Vorzeichen, dass sowas bevorsteht.
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Nahe Teheran wurde der iranische Atomwissenschaftler #Fakhrizadeh in einem offensichtlich gut durchgeplanten Attentat ermordet.
Durch eine gerichtete Explosion wurde sein Fahrzeug zum Stehen gebracht und dann von Bewaffneten zerschossen.
Fakhrizadeh starb im Krankenhaus.
Teheran startete sofort eine Operation zum Abfangen der Täter, einen sollen sie sogar gekriegt haben.
Insgesamt heißt es aber, dass die Angreifergruppe untergetaucht ist.
Es wird spekuliert, dass sie ins Ausland fliehen und von dort von Auftraggebern evakuiert werden.
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Crazy suggestion:

If a team of armed Iranian operatives had covertly entered Israel & killed its top nuclear weapons scientist, world leaders would not be "mum"

In fact, every single Western leader would have denounced it as a despicable, evil act of terrorism

Oh well...
Note: objective of #Fakhrizadeh assassination appears to be to provoke violent response by Iran, which would serve as pretext for war.
Israel (Sharon) did something very similar to justify invasion of Lebanon in 1980s
Also: if the US or ISR have the right to assassinate #Suleimani & now #Fakhrizadeh , does it mean that Lebanon had the right to assassinate Eitan, Dagan & Sharon, who conducted deadly #terrorist bombing campaign in 1980s? If not, why not? See:…
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If Iran sent agents to assassinate the top American (or Israeli) nuclear scientist (& this attack took place on US or Israeli soil) does anyone doubt that this would be immediately described (& condemned) as an act of terrorism?…
& I'll ask again: if the US or ISR have the right to assassinate #Suleimani & now #Fakhrizadeh , does it mean that Lebanon had the right to assassinate Eitan, Dagan & Sharon, who conducted deadly #terrorist bombing campaign in 1980s? If not, why not? See:…
On this issue, see the following Thread:
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Gobierno de Irán 🇮🇷 admitió el asesinato del científico nuclear ☢️ #Fahirzadeh en proximidades de #Teherán
La Guardia Republicana, promete “venganza como en el pasado” y llora venganza, dijo el periodista @yossi_melman
La información se expande por el mundo!
#Fakhirzadeh era profesor de física en la universidad Imam Hussein, pero también dirigió el plan clandestino Amad que verificaba la viabilidad de una bomba nuclear y dirigió sus esfuerzos de armamento.
El Mossad lo buscaba y unos años escapó de un intento de asesinato.
Repercusiones en @AJENews:
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#BREAKING Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran
Fakhrizadeh had once survived a Mossad assassination plan a few years ago, according to Israeli reports.
Fakhrizadeh was killed on eve of assassination anniversary of other high-profile nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, who was killed on Nov. 29, 2010 in a car bomb.
It's interesting as Al-Qaeda 2nd-in-command was also killed in Tehran on anniv. of bombings of US embassies in Africa
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