Thursday, March 08, 2007

U.S. official: Iranian General Ali Rez Asgari's Disappearance Was Orchestrated by the Israel

The Washington Post reports today that Iranian General Ali Rez Asgari's disappearance was orchestrated by Israel. General Asgari served in the Iranian government until early 2005 under then-President Mohammad Khatami. Asgari's background suggests that he would have deep knowledge of Iran's national security infrastructure, conventional weapons arsenal and ties to Hezbollah in south Lebanon. Former Mossad director Danny Yatom, who is now a member of Israel's parliament, said "He is very high-caliber, he held a very, very senior position for many long years in Lebanon. He was in effect commander of the Revolutionary Guards" there.

Ram Igra, a former Mossad officer, said Asgari spent much of the 1980s and 1990s overseeing Iran's efforts to support, finance, arm and train Hezbollah. The State Department lists the Shiite Lebanese group as a terrorist organization.

"He lived in Lebanon and, in effect, was the man who built, promoted and founded Hezbollah in those years," Igra told Israeli state radio. "If he has something to give the West, it is in this context of terrorism and Hezbollah's network in Lebanon."

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