The lame-duck president has yet to publicly comment on the brazen attack, although he retweeted a post by ‘Israeli’ journalist Yossi Melman, who claimed the killing was “a major psychological and professional blow for Iran.”
Fakhrizadeh headed the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research [SPND].
Trump also retweeted a New York Times report on the assassination, a multi-pronged ambush attack on Fakhrizadeh's vehicle in the city of Absard, just east of Tehran.
As the Times reported, “Mr. Fakhrizadeh had long been the No. 1 target of the Mossad, ‘Israel's’ intelligence service, which is widely believed to be behind a series of assassinations of scientists a decade ago that included some of Mr. Fakhrizadeh's deputies.”
The Times cited three American officials as saying that ‘Israel’ was behind the attack. The officials pointed out that while it was not clear how much the US may have been involved; the two allies have long shared intelligence regarding Iran.
There have been reports that Trump, who ordered the assassination of Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in January, had recently requested options for a military strike on Iran.
The ‘Israeli’ regime has also reportedly been preparing for such an attack for weeks.
Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned in a presentation in May 2018 by Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated erroneous claims about Iran’s nuclear program. “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Netanyahu said at the time.