Mossad Assasinating Iranian Scientists
One element of Israel's "decapitation" programme is said to be the planned assassination of figures involved in Iran's atomic operations.
The Israeli spy agency Mossad was rumoured to be behind the death of Ardeshire Hassanpour, a nuclear scientist at Isfahan uranium plant, who died from reported gas poisoning in 2007.
Other recent deaths of prominent figures in the procurement and enrichment process in Iran and Europe have been the result of Israeli "hits," claim Western intelligence analysts.
"Israel has shown no hesitation in assassinating weapons scientists from hostile regimes in the past," said a European intelligence official. "They did it with Iraq and they will do it with Iran when they can."