January 9, 2006


Plane crash kills Iran commander (BBC, 1/09/06)

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards ground forces and at least 10 other officers have died in a plane crash. [...]

On board was Ahmed Kazemi, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces and a veteran of the 1980-88 war with Iraq.

Correspondents say Gen Kazemi was one of the Guard's most powerful commanders after its commander-in-chief. He was recently appointed to the post by Iran's new president.

The Fars news agency, which has close links to the Revolutionary Guards, said a number of other top commanders, including an intelligence chief, were also on board.

If we had an intelligence agency it would be spreading the story that Ayatollah Khamenei had decided to rein in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his allies even by assassination.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2006 6:21 AM

As paranoid and conspiritorially-inclined as Ahmadinejad seems to be, he's probably way ahead of you in thinking the same thing (and he may be right).

Posted by: John at January 9, 2006 9:34 AM

Nah - it was Sharon, influencing events while in his coma.

Posted by: ratbert at January 9, 2006 9:53 AM

awfully lot of military plane crashes going on in iran, lately (the earlier one killed 100+ personnel). better get the battle buses prepped, guys.

Posted by: toeski at January 9, 2006 10:55 AM

If we had a CIA they would have pushed the button on the drone's hellcat missile.

Posted by: Genecis at January 9, 2006 1:07 PM

Sounds like the Soviet way of creating space for leadership change.

Posted by: Dave W at January 9, 2006 5:17 PM