Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassination

December 2020

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of Iran's nuclear programme, was assassinated as he was being driven from Tehran to his weekend villa in Absard.

Claims by Iranian authorities that gunmen were involved were quickly contradicted by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency that the attack was carried out using a remote-controlled machine gun.

In Septemeber 2021, the New York Times published a report based on interviews with Israeli, Iranian and American officials that Fakhrizadeh was killed using a modified Belgian FN Mag machine gun incorporating robotics and artificial intelligence controlled by a Mossad team operating in a command centre outside Iran.