March 7, 2007


Report: Missing Iranian official being questioned in N. Europe (Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service, 3/07/07)

The Iranian former deputy defense minister who disappeared in neighboring Turkey last month is being questioned in a northern European country under strict supervision, the pan-Arab newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, published in London, Ali Reza Asghari is undergoing thorough investigation by intelligence forces before being transferred to the United States.

Asghari, who is a retired general in the elite Revolutionary Guards, disappeared in Istanbul about a month ago. A hotel room was booked under Asghari's name, but several reports indicate that he never arrived at the hotel.

On Tuesday, al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Asghari left for the U.S. to seek asylum shortly after arriving in Turkey.

Iranian general 'seeking asylum in US' (Abraham Rabinovich, March 08, 2007, The Australian)
A RETIRED Iranian general who went missing in Turkey last month has defected and sought asylum in the US, according to a well-connected Arabic newspaper published in London.

The newspaper, al-Shark al-Awsat, cited "high-profile" sources saying former Iranian deputy defence minister and Revolutionary Guard commander Ali Reza Asghari had gone over to the West.

Reports from Istanbul that General Asghari's family had also disappeared in Turkey support the likelihood that he defected rather than was kidnapped by either the CIA or by Israel's Mossad, as has been speculated. The general went missing from his Istanbul hotel a month ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2007 8:46 PM

If the Iranians aren't our enemies, why is he defecting?

Posted by: OTR at March 7, 2007 9:22 PM

Why is an "Arabic" newspaper getting the scoop on this guy?

Posted by: ratbert at March 7, 2007 9:45 PM


Posted by: KRS at March 7, 2007 9:46 PM

The CIA probably doesn't know about it yet. Anyone know how 'former' and 'retired' the man is? Hopefully it wasn't back in the 70's.

Posted by: TEW at March 8, 2007 12:04 AM

Because Ahmedinejad is our mutual enemy.

Posted by: oj at March 8, 2007 7:48 AM