Adam Goldman, Eric Schmitt, Farnaz Fassihi, and Ronen Bergman, reporting for The New York Times:
American intelligence officials say that Mr. al-Masri had been in
Iran’s “custody” since 2003, but that he had been living freely in
the Pasdaran district of Tehran, an upscale suburb, since at least
2015. Around 9:00 on a warm summer night, he was driving his white
Renault L90 sedan with his daughter near his home when two gunmen
on a motorcycle drew up beside him. Five shots were fired from a
pistol fitted with a silencer. Four bullets entered the car
through the driver’s side and a fifth hit a nearby car.
As news of the shooting broke, Iran’s official news media
identified the victims as Habib Daoud, a Lebanese history
professor, and his 27-year-old daughter Maryam. The Lebanese news
channel MTV and social media accounts affiliated with Iran’s
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps reported that Mr. Daoud was a
member of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militant organization in
It seemed plausible. […]
In fact, there was no Habib Daoud.
Wild story, like something right out of a movie.