A New York Times investigation reports that Israel did use a satellite-piloted machine gun using artificial intelligence to assassinate Iranian physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in 2020, which the Jewish state has never confirmed.
A September 18 article from the American daily New York Times confirms and provides more details to the Iranian version of the assassination of physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in November 2020. According to the newspaper’s investigation, Israeli Mossad agents installed a “remote-controlled killing machine” in the back of a Nissan Zamyad pickup, parked on the road to Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s country house in Absard, east of Tehran.
An infernal machine
As the scientist passed by, the machine, made up of a Belgian FN MAG-type machine gun “capable of firing 600 rounds per minute” and cameras associated with artificial intelligence, piloted by satellite by an operator located outside the country opened the fire, killing its target. “The operation lasted less than a minute. Fifteen bullets were fired, ”says the article.
According to this version, a ton of equipment had to be brought in and assembled in the country. The agents involved are said to have left Iranian soil before the launch of the operation. The pick-up would then have exploded to erase the traces but a large part of the equipment would have “remained intact”.
On December 6, 2020, the Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, gave a similar version of the assassination, specifying that a machine gun controlled by an “artificial intelligence” had been used to assassinate Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
The automatic weapon was according to him “focused on the face of the [scientifique] in such a way that his wife, who was only 25 centimeters away, was not hit by a bullet ”. Ali Fadavi further claimed that the scientist’s security chief had received four bullets “when he threw himself” on the latter to protect him. And to specify: “No terrorist was on the spot.”
According to New York Times, the Mossad prepared for the operation with the help of American officials, including former President Donald Trump and his then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The next day, the Iranian authorities accused Israel of being behind the assassination of the scientist. Asked about the matter, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen for his part assured that the government had no idea who was responsible for the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, adding that his assassination was beneficial for the Middle East and the world. , the Iranian physicist participating according to him “actively in the creation of a nuclear weapon”.
According to New York Times, Israel had wanted to eliminate the scientist for years. His death created an episode of maximum tension between the two countries which continues to this day.