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The assassination of Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear weapons scientist, on 27 November has thrown the Iranian establishment into turmoil. Although Fakhrizadeh had a security team with him and had previously been identified by Israel – notably by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu personally – as a target, he was attacked in a populated area and his attackers seem to have disappeared without trace. According to a former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) officer, he was the seventh Iranian nuclear scientist to be assassinated.
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