The Assasination Option

A documentary about the 5 assassinations plans of Iranian Nuclear scientists and about how the US is openly talking about the elimination option of Iranian scholars as a means to suppress them.

Rahim Ahmadi roushan, Father of Victim: It was 8 in the morning. I asked my wife: “Where is Mostafa? Call him and see if he’s got time so that we can visit him.”

Seddigheh Salarian, Mother of victim: I asked him: “Do you have any plans today?” he said: “I’ve got a couple of meetings?” -“Can I see you today?” -“Sure, Dear Mama.” He would always set up a time. But that day I did it. It asked him if 11 was OK. He said: “It’s OK. But, call me before you arrive. I don’t want to keep you waiting.”

Fatemeh Kashani, Wife of Victim: The only thing I remember is that he closed the door. When he closed the door and took the elevator, I would know that he’s left safely.

Fatemeh Ahmadi –Roushan : I called home. My sister got the phone and said: “Come home soon. Something bad has happened.”

Rahim Ahmadi roushan, Father of Victim: My middle daughter came from upstairs. She was crying and was very worried. I asked her what had happened. She said: “A bomb has gone off near Seyyed Khandan and brother [Mostafa] is over there.”

Fatemeh Kashani, Wife of Victim: Suddenly, I became overwhelmingly worried. I called him on his cell phone and he was crying. Then, I became sure that Mostafa was martyred.

Seddigheh Salarian, Mother of victim: It was around 8:12am. I have switched my cell phone off since then because I want Mostafa’s number to at the top of my call list. Had I known it was his last call, I would have never hung up.

Fatemeh Ahmadi –Roushan : I entered home and saw everybody crying. His wife came to me. I asked her: “What happened?” She said: “Mostafa was martyred.” I couldn’t believe it until I saw Dr. Shahriari’s wife who was sitting over there. She said: “I was the first victim.” Then, I realized what had happened.

Fatemeh Kashani, Wife of Victim: I always used to tell Mostafa: “I’m sure you’ll be martyred.” But, I didn’t know he would be martyred so soon.

Armita Rezaeinejad, Daughter of Victim: One day, I was coming back from kindergarten. I heard a loud rattling sound. I wondered: “What was this sound, has a balloon burst?”

Shohre Pirani, wife of victim: When we entered the alley, I saw someone near the garage door. He came closer. The second guy was in the back alley behind our garage. He started shooting. He fired shots repeatedly and my husband fell toward me.

Narration: Nuclear scientist Daryoosh Rezai-nejad, was assassinated on the 23rd of July 2011. On the afternoon he died his wife and 5 year old daughter were in the car with him. He was 32.

Ferydoon Abbasi : It was an ordinary day. But, from two days before, I had a feeling that something was happening. My wife came with me and got into the car. I saw a motorcycle with two people on it dressed in back. Ferydoon Abbasi ‘s wife: I felt something hit the car.

Ferydoon Abbasi : One of them hit the side mirror of the car either inadvertently or on purpose to deceive us. The one who was sitting at the back turned his head toward me and raised his hand as if he was apologizing. Then, I took a look and saw the bomb.

Ferydoon Abbasi ‘s wife: My husband quite worriedly said:

Ferydoon Abbasi : I told my wife to get out of the car. I remember I asked God for extra time. Suddenly, the bomb went off.

Ferydoon Abbasi ‘s wife : Everything was shaking heavily. Pieces of shell hit my husband in the cheek. His hand was also badly injured.

Ferydoon Abbasi : I received outpatient treatment. It was nothing serious.

Narration: Ferydoon Abbasi was attacked on the 29th of November 2010, on his way to the university where he taught nuclear physics. The 53 year old survived the attack and is now head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency. He says the fact that Iranian scientists are asked to give so much personal information when they travel, speaks volumes in itself.

Ferydoon Abbasi : There are people who introduce themselves by false names at known places like airports and hotels. They gather information about our projects, our communications, our children, the floor our room is on, and if we have guards or not. What is their purpose? Certainly, carrying out a knockout operation/committing an assassination.

Narration: On the same day, and at almost exactly the same time, another assassination attack was being launched on the other side of town. 40 year old Majid Shahriari was the target. He and his wife were on their way to the university where they both taught, when a bomb was attached to their car. Shahriari was killed. His wife survived, but with serious injuries. She still bears the scars of that day. She says before the attack they had received many death threats.

Behjat Ghasemi, Wife of victim: We lived an ordinary life. We couldn’t lock ourselves in and stay at home. This is what they want: staying at home inactively. We did act with caution but we never locked ourselves in. We used to travel and visit friends and relatives.

Narration: On the 1st of January 2011, Majid Jama’li Fashi was arrested for being involved in the assassination of one of Iran’s top nuclear scientists.

Majid Jama’li Fashi : I got up early in the morning. As I was trained, I went to the storeroom. I had to prepare the bomb.

Dr. Alimohammadi ‘s wife: came here, took the food from me, and went to his car.

Majid Jama’li Fashi : I took the motorcycle out of the house and went to the place where I had to make a phone call.

Dr. Alimohammadi ‘s wife: His car was parked over there. It was a green Peugeot 405. He came over here, tied his shoelace, walked around the house, and took a good look.

Majid Jama’li Fashi : I entered the alley. No one was there.

Dr. Alimohammadi ‘s wife: He got into his car and said goodbye to me for the second time.

Majid Jama’li Fashi : I was on the sidewalk and parked the motorcycle in front of the door.

Dr. Alimohammadi ‘s wife: When I closed the door, I heard the explosion. These glasses broke and fell on my head.

Majid Jama’li Fashi : They told me: “The mission is accomplished. Destroy your equipment and go.”

Dr. Alimohammadi ‘s wife: Using my both hands, I raised his head and put it on my chest. Then, I saw this side of his head was cratered.

Narration: In the last two years there have been 5 assassination attacks targeting Iranian nuclear scientists in Iran. Four were successful, and one failed. The number of attacks and the way they were launched show a trend. So what entity or entities are responsible for these attacks?

Dr.Salehi: The majority of these assassinations are the result of a conspiracy between the US and the Israeli regime. This is documented and we’ll present the documents at a competent court.

Narration: Majid Jama’li Fashi arrested for the first assassination, says he was flown from Azarbaijan to Israel for training.

Majid Jama’li Fashi : They showed me an Israeli passport which had an entry mark in it as if I had travelled to Azerbaijan. I was supposed to leave Azerbaijan with that passport. The passport had my photo. The name of the passport holder was Ram Suleimani and Tel Aviv was his place of birth.

Narration: Iran has been threatened and sanctioned over its nuclear energy program; 5 assassination attacks have been launched on Iranian nuclear scientists, and now the drums of war can be heard coming from the west. So are the countries pressuring Iran, really worried about Iran having nuclear power, or is the problem something else.

Narration: Public perception is very important in all this. To take such drastic steps against another country, the nations involved have to be geared up to accept such an event. Iran’s nuclear energy program has been the center of a lot of western media attention, for the last 15 years. It’s been labeled a nuclear weapons program, and Israeli director Alex Traiman has made a documentary called Iranium, to brand that label on the public psyche. Narration: Israel has kept quiet over the assassination of Iranian scientists, but the US, Israel’s staunch supporter, has been quite vocal about the whole thing. US presidential candidates say if that’s what it takes, so be it.

Dr.Salehi: The international community is driven by force and the US is influential everywhere. Nevertheless, we’ll be pursuing these issues rigorously. Definitely, there are conscientious people who would wake up one day and give a positive answer to our demands.

Narration: Various entities are feeding of the political narrative surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, from the media to weapons companies. It’s a topic that has influenced global prices, is being used as a tool in elections, and even as an excuse for insurance companies that trade in and around Iran, to push up prices. And certain groups that have also been fighting against the Iranian government for years have hooked their wagon up to this caravan.

Narration: By its own admission, the west is considers all the options to be on the table. Threats, sanctions, assassinations and now the drums of war, have all been employed so far. Iran says Western think tanks are employing rather feeble strategies, and are grossly mistaken in their calculations regarding Iran and the Iranian nation. Of course the tactics being used against Iran can only succeed if the international community buys in to the all the hype and propaganda surrounding Iran. Mind you the international community did just that back in 2001 and 2003, when the west attacked Afghanistan and Iraq. It remains to be seen whether this time, the nations ruled by these governments will pause and think, whether the powers that be are acting soundly when it comes to Iran.

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