Since Mr. Trump dismissed the secretary of protection, Mark T. Esper, and different prime Pentagon aides final week, Protection Division and different nationwide safety officers have privately expressed worries that the president would possibly provoke operations, whether or not overt or secret, in opposition to Iran or different adversaries on the finish of his time period. Others have speculated that Mr. Netanyahu, who at numerous moments has been on the sting of attacking Iran’s nuclear services, would possibly search to behave whereas Mr. Trump continues to be in workplace.
Whereas Mr. Trump’s prime advisers — together with Mr. Pompeo and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees — argued in opposition to a army strike in opposition to Iran, prime American officers and commanders nonetheless warn of Iran’s malign actions.
“For many years, the Iranian regime has funded and supported terrorism and terrorist organizations,” Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the pinnacle of the army’s Central Command, stated final week on a webinar in regards to the Center East.
Iranian media describe an explosion and gun battle on a city’s principal boulevard.
Iran state media, in descriptions of the assault on Mr. Fakhrizadeh, stated it occurred on the primary tree-lined boulevard in Absard, a countryside escape with majestic mountains, exterior the capital, Tehran.
Photos posted by state and social media of the assault aftermath confirmed the scientist’s automobile, a black S.U.V., with its windshield shattered from bullets and the aspect home windows blown out. Blood streaks and shards of glass and metallic are scattered on the highway.
Residents informed state tv that they heard the sound of a giant explosion adopted by intense machine gun hearth. A Nissan truck was parked on the other aspect of the highway, carrying explosives hidden in wooden, state tv reported. The truck exploded forward of Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s automotive after which a gaggle of 5 or 6 gunmen sitting in one other automotive on the identical aspect as Mr. Fakhrizadeh’s automobile emerged and opened hearth on his automotive, the report stated.
An intense gun battle adopted between the assassins and bodyguards making an attempt to guard Mr. Fakhrizadeh, in keeping with Sepah Cybery, a social media channel affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.