Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, was killed last Friday after bullets struck his car.
Accounts on exactly what happened conflict. The initial report said a truck exploded, and several gunmen opened fire on the car. Later, Iranian officials claimed a remotely operated machine gun was involved.
Iran has blamed Israel for the killing. Earlier this year, Iran lost another prominent figure when General Qassim Suleimani was killed by an American drone strike.
Iran has reacted to the attacks with outrage, but Mike Ansari of Heart4Iran says the majority of Iranians have different concerns. “Social media posts are not mournful, it is the opposite. Iranians are concerned that their leaders are spending a great deal of money on building a robust security apparatus across the country. Meanwhile, a large cross-section of average Iranians lives below the poverty line. They feel their country has abandoned and betrayed them. These people feel the roots of poverty, misery, and troubles reside in the anti-Western rhetoric of the Islamic ruling elite.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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