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  • Covert War with Iran: A Timeline

    On Feb. 13, in attacks Israel blamed on Iran, one bomb injured four people in New Delhi, India, including the wife of an Israeli diplomat, and another bomb failed to detonate in Tbilisi, Georgia. An injured person (above) is carried from a burning car belonging to the Israeli Embassy after the explosion in New Delhi.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    Iranian media reported on January 11 that Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was killed by an attacker on motorcycle who attached a bomb to Roshan's car on a Tehran street. Roshan became the fifth Iranian nuclear scientist to be killed since 2007. Someone is sabotaging Iran's nuclear program. The following timeline tracks what appears to be a covert war between Iran and the West.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>Jan. 15, 2007</b> <p> Ardeshir Hassanpour dies, possibly becoming the first Iranian nuclear scientist killed in the covert war. The Iranian government reports that Ardeshir Hosseinpour died of accidental "gas poisoning," but conflicting Western reports state that Hosseinpour was killed because he worked in a nuclear research lab.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>Feb. 7, 2007</b> <p> The month after Hassnpour's death, former Deputy Defense Minister Ali Reza Asgari, who allegedly procured components for Iran's nuclear program, disappears while in Istanbul. Unconfirmed reports say he has defected to a Western country, and has disclosed what he knows about Iran's nuclear program and possible efforts to develop weapons. Iran claims he was kidnapped.
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    <b>May 2009</b> <p> Shahram Amiri disappears while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Later, ABC News reveals that the nuclear scientist had been recruited by the CIA and had defected to the U.S. Amiri later gains worldwide attention when he re-defects to Iran in 2010. Iran claims the CIA kidnapped Amiri and stages a public celebration of his return.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b> Jan. 12, 2010</b> <p> A motorcycle parked outside the house of nuclear physicist Masoud Ali Mohammadi in northern Tehran is detonated by remote control when he walks past. Mohammadi is killed instantly.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>September 2010</b> <p> Western media fills with reports that a computer virus called Stuxnet has attacked Iran's uranium enrichment program. Two targets inside Iran are believed to be the Bushehr nuclear reactor (here) and the Natanz enrichment plant.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    There had been centrifuge problems at the Natanz enrichment plant (seen here) in 2009. Reports surface that the Stuxnet virus was a joint U.S.-Israel effort, though neither country acknowledges a role.
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    <b>October 10, 2010</b> <p> An explosion at the Imam Ali missile base, near Khorramabad, Iran, kills at least 12 people. The base, run by the Revolutionary Guard, housed the Shahab-3 long-range missile.
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    <b>Nov. 29, 2010</b> <p> In the first of the so-called "sticky bomb" attacks, an attacker attaches a magnetic bomb to Fereydoon Abbasi's car. Abbasi, a top official in the nuclear program, survives. He's later promoted to head Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, the position he holds today.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>Nov. 29, 2010</b> <p> Almost simultaneously with the attack on Fereydoon Abbasi, a motorcyclist attaches a magnetic bomb to the car of nuclear physicist Majid Shahriari. Shahriari is not as lucky as Abbasi, and dies in the blast.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>Nov. 29, 2010</b> <p> On the same day that the two scientists are attacked, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledges for the first time that the country's nuclear enrichment program had suffered setbacks because of a cyber attack that affected centrifuges.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>May 21, 2011</b> <p> Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi announces that Iran has discovered a network of CIA agents. A state-backed TV outlet airs photos of the suspects and websites allegedly used to communicate with their handlers. Several current and former U.S. officials tell ABC News that Iran had, in fact, discoveredl paid agents inside Iran.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>July 23, 2011</b> <p> Darioush Rezaeinejad, 35, is shot in the neck outside his daughter's Tehran kindergarten on July 23, 2011 by two gunmen on a motorcycle. According to an unconfirmed report in an Israeli intelligence publication, Rezaeinejad was working on a nuclear detonator, and was seen daily at a nuclear lab in northern Tehran.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>November 12, 2011</b> <p> An explosion at a key Iranian missile base 30 miles west of Tehran destroys the base and kills more than 20. Satellite imagery shows the leveled base after the blast. Among those killed is Maj. Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, considered the founder of Iran's missile program.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>November 28, 2011</b> <p> A "huge" blast near Isfahan, Iran's third-largest city, is reported. Reports conflict about whether a military base or a nuclear enrichment facility has been hit. Isfahan is home to a facility (seen here) that converts yellowcake into uranium hexafluoride gas, which is needed to enrich uranium.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>December 4, 2011</b> <p> Iran announces that it has brought down an American stealth drone, the RQ-170. Iran claims to have forced the drone down over Iranian territory by jamming its GPS and taking control. The U.S. denies that the draft went down for any reason other than a technical malfunction, but concedes that the Iranians have it.
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  • Iran vs. the U.S.

    <b>Jan. 11, 2012</b> Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, seen in a picture provided by Iran's Fars News Agency,is killed by a magnetic bomb attached to his car in Tehran. Roshan was the director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Iran has blamed the U.S., the U.K. and Israel for attacks on its nuclear program. The U.K. and the U.S. have denied any involvement, while the Israelis have no comment.
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  • Covert War with Iran: A Timeline

    <b>Jan. 16, 2012</b> <p> An armed Thai police officer stands guard as his colleagues load boxes of fertilizer and liquid ammonium nitrate after a raid at a warehouse south of Bangkok. Local TV reported that a Lebanese suspect with alleged links to Hezbollah led police to the explosive materials. U.S. and Israeli officials had issued a warning to travelers in Thailand two days earlier.
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  • Covert War with Iran: A Timeline

    <b>Feb. 13, 2012</b> <p> Indian forensics experts investigate after an explosion tore through a car belonging to the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. A motorcyclist stuck a magnetic bomb on the car in an attack that closely mimicked the attacks against Iranian nuclear scientists.
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  • Covert War with Iran: A Timeline

    <b>Feb. 13, 2012</b> <p> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen at a Likud party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the attacks in India and Georgia. Iran denied responsibility.
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  • Covert War: Iran vs. Israel?

    <b>Feb. 14, 2012</b> <p> Israeli officials blamed Iran for explosions that rocked Bangkok. An Iranian national lost both legs after he allegedly threw a grenade at Thai police. The bomb bounced back and exploded hear him. A second Iranian national was detained at the airport after the blast en route to Malaysia.
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