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Inside Mossad’s plot to cripple Iran’s nuclear programme from bombs hidden scientists’ takeaways to hi-tech drones


ISRAEL hit Iran’s nuclear sites with three major attacks involving drones and smuggled bombs as Mossad continues its plot to cripple Tehran’s nuke ambitions.

Thousands of spy unit personnel have been used in operations to bring down Iran’s nuclear programme, with Mossad ruthlessly using high-tech weaponry in its mission.

A mysterious explosion at one of Iran's ultra-secure nuke sites in Natanz was at the hands of Israeli agents

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A mysterious explosion at one of Iran’s ultra-secure nuke sites in Natanz was at the hands of Israeli agentsCredit: AP
Mossad agents smuggled explosives in via scientists' lunches to blast centrifuge machines

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Mossad agents smuggled explosives in via scientists’ lunches to blast centrifuge machinesCredit: EPA

The triple attack effort started in July 2020, when a mysterious explosion rocked the Iran Centre for Advanced Centrifuges facility at Natanz – baffling Iranian officials who would not work out how it blew up, reports the New York Post.

It was then revealed that when the ultra-secure site was being renovated in 2019, Israeli agents posed a constructors and sold them building supplies laced with explosives.

Agents in Tel Aviv then detonated them a year later, according to the outlet.

The blast caused major damage to the plant – but beneath a protective layer made of 40ft of concrete and iron, a hall continued the site’s work as thousands of centrifuges carried on whirring.

And so Mossad’s second attack began – with spies from the agency approaching around 10 Iranian scientists who had access to the hall.

They persuaded them to move sites as they led them to believe they were working for international dissidents, not Israel.

The scientists agreed to blow up the facility after huge persuasions from the undercover Mossad agents.

A well-placed Israeli source told the Post: “Their motivations were all different

“Mossad found out what they deeply wanted in their lives and offered it to them. There was an inner circle of scientists who knew more about the operation, and an outer circle who helped out but had less ­information.”

A massive operation then began to smuggle the explosive into the ultra-secure hall – with a drone first flown into airspace that delivered bombs to an agreed location to be collected by the scientists.

“Let’s say you wanted to get explosives into Natanz,” a source told the Post.

“How could you do it? You could, for example, think about how people working there need to eat. They need food.

“So you could put the explosives in the lorry that delivers the food to the canteen, and the scientists could pick it up once it’s inside. Yes, you could do that.”

And that’s the plan they stuck with. The bombs were collected and installed by the scientists before being detonated in April after Iran announced it had started to use advanced IR-5 and IR-6 centrifuges in the hall.

The explosion blew up the secure power system and destroyed 90 per cent of the centrifuges – putting it out of use for up to nine months.

After ticking off the first two sabotages, Mossad then targeted the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company in Karaj to try to stifle the production of centrifuges and disrupt attempts to fix the Natanz site.

Israeli spies and their Iranian agents jointly smuggled an armed quadcopter into the country piece by piece, the outlet reports.

Then on June 23, the team put the kit together and took it to a location just 10 miles from factory before launching it and dropped a payload on the site – causing a blast.

The revelation of the attacks comes just days after Israel’s prime minister warned nations to be wary of Tehran’s “nuclear blackmail.”

“Such a murderous regime should not be rewarded,” Israeli ​Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.

STEALTH SLAUGHTER

Meanwhile, Axios reported that Israel intelligence has shown Iran has been laying technical groundwork for enriching uranium to 90 per cent purity – the level needed for a bomb.

It comes after Israeli spies killed nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh using a remote-controlled machine gun last November.

Kidon and other Mossad super-spy units have a track record of brazen daylight attacks deep in behind enemy lines, using incredibly elaborate techniques to carry out what they chillingly call “wet work”.

According to the Iranian Fars news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guard Corps, the shots initially fired at Dr Fakhrizadeh’s bullet-proof car came from a remotely-operated machine gun mounted on a Nissan pick-up truck, which exploded with a self-destruct mechanism.

The operation took just three minutes, with theMossad team that killed Fakhrizadeh knowing he was going to be driving from Tehran to Absard as they lay in wait.

They hatched a plan to attack at a roundabout in Absard, which is at the foot of a tree-lined boulevard which enters the city. 

A Hyundai Santa Fe with four passengers and four motorcycles carrying snipers were also reportedly waiting for him at the scene of the ambush.

The remote controlled gun inside the Nissan pickup opened fire as the convoy passed before blowing up.

According to some unverified reports, assassins then unleashed a hail of bullets on a second car containing Fakhrizadeh before dragging him out and finishing of he job by shooting him in his head at point blank range. 

Typically for Kidon units, they then melted away before Iranian authorities could catch them.

Israeli spies killed nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

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Israeli spies killed nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

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