An Explosive Year in Iran's Nuclear Program

On Wednesday, another Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated–this time with a magnetic bomb that was attached to the car in which he was traveling by a passing motorcyclist.

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Israel’s left-wing daily, Ha’aretz, provided a timeline of similar attacks–largely successful–on key Iranian nuclear scientists over the past year. A brief excerpt:

May 24, 2011

An explosion blamed on a technical problem reportedly causes a fire at an oil refinery during a visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. One person is killed and six injured but Ahmadinejad was not hurt and appeared on state television giving a scheduled speech to mark the inauguration of a new phase of the refinery in Abadan, south-western Iran, close to the Iraqi border.

November 29, 2010

Majid Shahriyari, a nuclear engineer, is reportedly killed in a bomb attack on his car. In a separate attack, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, a nuclear scientist subject to UN sanctions because of what Western officials said is his involvement in suspected nuclear weapons research, is allegedly wounded in a car bomb attack. (Davani now heads Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.)

InTrade‘s prediction markets have set the odds of an American or Israeli attack against the Iranian nuclear program by the end of 2012 at 26.0%, as of 11:00 p.m. EST.