Analysis

Who’s Killing Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?
Iranian security forces inspect the site where a magnetic bomb attached to a car by a motorcyclist exploded on January 11, 2012, killing a scientist and injuring two other people. (SAJAD SAFARI/AFP/Getty Images)
January 17, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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The killing of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan last week in Tehran is the latest in a series of assassinations and acts of sabotage that have struck Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. No one has claimed credit and suspicion has primarily fallen on Israel and the United States, both of whom have denied involvement. Alternative explanations must be considered. But in the end, there is just one probable actor.

Iranian dissident groups, Arab intelligence services, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and even the Iranian government have been mentioned in media reporting as groups that may be behind the attacks. Some of these are more plausible than others, but all ultimately lack an evidentiary base of support.

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