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Iran suspects Israel POISONED two of its top scientists

Iran suspects Israel poisoned two of its top scientists, the latter having died in an escalating shadow war between the two bitter rivals.

Ayoub Entezari, 35, and Kamran Aghamolaei, 31, died just days apart in similar conditions in cities more than 500 miles apart in central and southern Iran.

Entezari, a graduate of one of the top technical universities, is said to have worked on the country’s missile and drone programs, while Aghamolaei was a geology doctoral student in Tehran, a field sometimes linked to the nuclear program.

It comes after four Revolutionary Guard soldiers were killed under mysterious circumstances over the course of three weeks, and amid warnings from Israel that Iran is closer than ever to developing a nuclear weapon as negotiations to curb Tehran falter. .

Kamran Aghamolaei, 31

Ayoub Entezari, 35

Kamran Aghamolaei, 31 (left), and Ayoub Entezari, 35 (right), died suddenly in Iran two weeks ago in what officials say were poisonings carried out by Israel

Entezari (front row, third right) is said to have been an aerospace engineer who worked on the country's rocket and drone programs

Entezari (front row, third right) is said to have been an aerospace engineer who worked on the country’s rocket and drone programs

Entezari is said to have fallen ill in late May shortly after attending a dinner hosted by a long-term acquaintance in his hometown of Yazd, central Iran.

He was taken to a local hospital intensive care unit as his symptoms worsened before he died on May 31 New York Times reported.

The acquaintance who organized the dinner is now missing and being hunted by authorities, an Iranian official told the newspaper.

Entezari’s death was reported by local officials who initially called him a “martyr” and said his death was an act of “biological terror.”

A tribute from his university described him as an “aerospace engineer,” while footage from 2019 showed him presenting then-President Hassan Rouhani with the kinds of turbines used in rockets and drones at a factory in his hometown. .

But officials later retracted the statement that he was a martyr and the local prosecutor denied he was an engineer, calling him “an ordinary employee of an industrial company.”

Aghamolaei, meanwhile, fell ill with ‘intense’ nausea and diarrhea at the end of May shortly after returning from a business trip to Tabriz, in northern Iran.

He was taken to hospital where his symptoms gradually worsened until he developed organ failure and died on June 2.

The president of Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, where Aghamolaei studied, released a statement confirming his death and called him a PhD student.

Ali Kamani, a member of the Guards' aerospace division, was 'tortured' in Khomein in central Markazi province on Sunday

Mohammad Abdoos, an employee of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, was allegedly 'tortured' on Sunday evening during a mission in the northern province of Semnan.

Ali Kamani, a member of the Guards’ aerospace division, was ‘tortured’ on Sunday in Khomein in central Markazi province and Mohammad Abdoos, an employee of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, was said to have been ‘tortured’ on Sunday evening during a mission in the northern province of Semnan

Israel has told the United States it was responsible for the assassination of a colonel of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, according to reports

Israel has told the United States it was responsible for the assassination of a colonel of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, according to reports

An online profile lists Aghamolaei as an economic geology student. While the field encompasses a wide range of investigations, it is sometimes linked to mining nuclear material or identifying sites suitable for testing.

An Iranian official who spoke to the Time said Tehran privately believes both men were poisoned by toxins added to their food.

It stems from a string of deaths in Iran that echo past killings linked to Israel, including top officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Sayad Khodayee and Ali Esmaelzadeh, both IRGC colonels, died in Tehran on May 22-28 – the first after being shot by motorcyclists outside his home and the second during a mysterious fall from his balcony.

While details about both men are scarce, Khodayee’s funeral was attended by thousands, including top IRGC commanders – indicating his importance.

Both men are said to have served in the elite Quds Force in the same unit – Unit 840 – which carries out kidnappings and murders outside of Iran, the Times of Israel reported.

Meanwhile, Ali Kamani and Mohammad Abdous, who also belonged to the IRGC, died last weekend in separate incidents in Iran that were also considered suspicious.

Kamani, believed to have been a second lieutenant, is said to have been killed in a ‘car accident’ in Markazi province – home to Iran’s heavy water reactor, a major nuclear facility.

Meanwhile, Abdous, whose rank and role in the IRGC is not clear, is said to have died “on a mission” in Semnan – where Iranian satellite testing facilities are located.

Israel appears to be stepping up shadow war against Iran as it warns the country is closer than ever to getting a nuclear missile (photo, main nuclear facility in Natanz)

Israel appears to be stepping up shadow war against Iran as it warns the country is closer than ever to getting a nuclear missile (photo, main nuclear facility in Natanz)

Ehsan Ghadbeigi, an engineer, was also killed on May 25 when drones hit the Parchin military complex near Tehran, where the regime is developing missile, nuclear and drone technology.

Quadcopter suicide drones blew up part of the factory used to develop Iran’s own drone technology, the Times reported.

Israel has not commented on the alleged poisoning of the two scientists, but rarely makes any comment about its activities abroad.

If confirmed, however, it wouldn’t be the first time Mossad agents had carried out a deadly poisoning.

Though rare, in 2007 poison was used to kill physicist Ardeshir Hosseinpour – a top Iranian nuclear physicist.

Israel never recognized the mission, but US intelligence agency Stratfor said Hosseinpour was a “top Mossad target.”

Amid escalating tensions, Israel yesterday warned its citizens in Turkey that they face “real and immediate danger” of becoming the target of attacks by Iranian agents.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid urged Israelis in the country to leave “as soon as possible”, citing “several Iranian attempts to carry out terror attacks against Israelis vacationing in Istanbul”.

Another explosion shook Iran today, with a chemical plant in the southern city of Firouzabad exploding after an ammonium tank is said to have leaked.

About 133 people, mostly factory workers, had to be taken to hospital, although most had only minor injuries, and 114 were released later the same day.

World powers try to negotiate new deal with Iran to curtail nuclear technology, though Vienna talks are on the brink of failure

World powers try to negotiate new deal with Iran to curtail nuclear technology, though Vienna talks are on the brink of failure

Iran occasionally reports incidents of fires or explosions at industrial sites that affect the country’s infrastructure and are mainly attributed to technical failures.

Years of economic sanctions by the West have blocked Iran’s access to original spare parts and new equipment.

Sensitive military and nuclear sites in Iran have also been the target of attacks in recent years, which Iran has blamed on Israel.

In February, a warehouse full of motor oil and combustible materials at a base of Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps in the western province of Kemranshah damaged a barn but caused no casualties.

A day earlier, unconfirmed reports circulated online of several explosions heard in northern Kermanshah, a strategic location in Iran with several missile and military sites.

The reports come as Iran remains on edge over its ruptured nuclear deal with world powers. Negotiations in Vienna to revive the agreement have been stalled for months.

The 2015 deal that suspended Iran sanctions in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program collapsed four years ago when former President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the accord and imposed another crushing sanctions.

In a separate development, Iran’s government spokesman, Ali Bahadori Jahromi, said on Tuesday that President Ebrahim Raisi has accepted the resignation of the country’s labor minister, following weeks of protests by pensioners.

The resignation of Hojjatollah Abdolmaleki on Monday was the first for the government since hardline Raisi took office less than a year ago. Raisi has three months to propose a new minister to parliament for approval.

Abdolmaleki said he resigned to preserve the “harmony” of the cabinet but would remain as an adviser to the president. Mohamad Hadi Zahdivafa was named as the caretaker of the Ministry of Labour.

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