Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Iranian General: Abduction or Defection?

Missing Iranian general, Ali Reza Asgari, although hard to believe, may have defected to the United States and requested asylum there, according to some chatter heard during the day on Tuesday. Asgari is a retired general in the elite Revolutionary Guards of Iran and a former Deputy Defense Minister. He went missing in Turkey in early February, shortly after checking into his hotel in Istanbul. He arrived in Turkey from Tehran via Damascus, Syria.

A website linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards has previously hinted at the possibility that Asgari was kidnapped by American intelligence, in light of his knowledge of Iranian nuclear secrets, as well as Iranian military equipment. Iran and others report that Asgari has been on the CIA/Mossad "hit list" for some time.

Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that Israel's Mossad may have been involved in Asgari’s disappearance as the general may possess intel regarding the fate of missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad.

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UPDATE: Missing Iranian general Ali Reza Asghari, who disappeared during a visit to Turkey earlier this week, may be in Europe, an Arab newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the London-based daily A-Sharq al-Awsat, the former deputy defense minister of Iran was being held for questioning in northern Europe on his way to the US, where he was reportedly headed to seek asylum. Former Mossad chief Dani Yatom said on Wednesday that "if indeed the Iranian general defected to the West, sooner or later Israel would be given the information he holds," Army Radio quoted him. Source: Jerusalem Post.

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