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High ranking Iranian military officers keep disappearing. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vows retaliation, stomps angry little feet
Monday, March 19, 2007
Iran to hit back at US ‘kidnaps’
The Sunday Times

IRAN is threatening to retaliate in Europe for what it claims is a daring undercover operation by western intelligence services to kidnap senior officers in its Revolutionary Guard.

According to Iranian sources, several officers have been abducted in the past three months and the United States has drawn up a list of other targets to be seized with the aim of destabilising Tehran’s military command.

In an article in Subhi Sadek, the Revolutionary Guard’s weekly paper, Reza Faker, a writer believed to have close links to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, warned that Iran would strike back.

“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said. “Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”

The first sign of a possible campaign against high-ranking Iranian officers emerged earlier this month with the discovery that Ali Reza Asgari, former commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force in Lebanon and deputy defence minister, had vanished, apparently during a trip to Istanbul.

Asgari’s disappearance shocked the Iranian regime as he is believed to possess some of its most closely guarded secrets. The Quds Force is responsible for operations outside Iran.

Last week it was revealed that Colonel Amir Muhammed Shirazi, another high-ranking Revolutionary Guard officer, had disappeared, probably in Iraq.

A third Iranian general is also understood to be missing — the head of the Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf. Sources named him as Brigadier General Muhammed Soltani, but his identity could not be confirmed.

“This is no longer a coincidence, but rather an orchestrated operation to shake the higher echelons of the Revolutionary Guard,” said an Israeli source.

Other members of the Quds Force are said to have been seized in Irbil, in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, by US special forces.

“The capture of Quds members in Irbil was essential for our understanding of Iranian activity in Iraq,” said an American official with knowledge of the operation.

One theory circulating in Israel is that a US taskforce known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG) is coordinating the campaign to take Revolutionary Guard commanders.

The Iranians have also accused the United States of being behind an attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran last month in which at least 17 were killed.

Military analysts believe that Iranian threats of retaliation are credible. Tehran is notorious for settling scores. When the Israelis killed Abbas Mussawi, Hezbollah’s general secretary, in 1992 the Quds Force blew up the Israeli embassy in Argentina in revenge.

Despite the Iranian threat to retaliate in Europe, Iraq is seen by some analysts as a more likely place in which to attempt abductions.

“In Iraq, the Quds Force can easily get hold of American — and British — officers,” said a Jordanian intelligence source.


posted by Marko at 3/19/2007 09:18:00 AM
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all." -- Thomas Jefferson
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All is normal. Nothing will happen. NOTHING.
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Tough talk for a girlie-man..
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Tough talk for a girlie-man..
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 Quoting: Grizzled Old Goat



lol


Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Iran: Missing general likely kidnapped
Iran officially announced on Tuesday that its former deputy defense minister was missing while on a private trip to neighboring Turkey, and its top police chief accused Western intelligence services of possibly kidnapping the official.

Ali Reza Asghari, a retired general in the elite Revolutionary Guards and a former deputy defense minister, had arrived in Turkey on a private visit from Damascus, Syria, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Tuesday.

Iran's top police chief, Gen. Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam, said Iran was investigating the fate of Asghari through the Turkish police.

"It is likely that Asghari has been abducted by the Western intelligence services," IRNA quoted the Iranian police general as saying. The general did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, however, the London-based Arab daily Asharq alawsat said on Tuesday, quoting high-profile sources, that Asghari may have sought asylum in the US.

The newspaper reported that the Iranian official had left for the US shortly after arriving in the Turkish capital.

Other reports from the Arab media suggested that the Mossad and the CIA were behind Asgari's disappearance. Israel has denied involvement in the general's disappearance, but The Daily Telegraph speculated on Monday that Asgari could have been abducted by Israel to shed light on the whereabouts of missing IAF navigator Ron Arad, who Israel has claimed might have been held at one point by Iran.

Fearing that Iran will try to kidnap senior Israeli officials who are traveling abroad, the Israeli security establishment was reevaluating Tuesday and adjusting security arrangements for certain officials visiting non-Western and Muslim countries.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) - the agency in charge of providing security for Israeli officials - said: "We formulate our security arrangements according to developments in the field and intelligence information."

Meanwhile, Iran has asked Turkish officials to investigate Asgari's disappearance, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted Monday as saying.

Mottaki said Iran was "taking all the necessary steps" to solve the case of the missing general.

"A director-general from the (foreign) ministry has traveled to Turkey (to follow up the case). We have asked Turkey to investigate Asgari's case," said Mottaki.

Reportedly, Asgari, who was a Revolutionary Guards commander at the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties, was involved in a deal to transfer Arad to the Iranians in exchange for a large sum of money.

The Telegraph said it was understood that Hizbullah guerillas might have passed Arad up the chain of command to their Iranian handlers.

The Telegraph also suggested that the former spy chief was not kidnapped by an intelligence service but defected while visiting Turkey, escaping to a Western country, and Israel and the US were showing special interest in the case since Asgari might be able to shed some light on the fate of Arad.

In Turkey, the Interior Ministry said it was investigating the matter, but would not confirm or deny that Asghari had disappeared or been kidnapped.
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all." -- Thomas Jefferson
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Personally, I think all these missing Generals understand how insane Ahmadinejad and Khameini are, and are defecting before they wind up melted..
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So funny, you were right, and now these 15 human shields are retaliation for the defection of these Iranians
and capture of Iranian terrorist in Iraq and Gaza

7 Iranian agents nabbed in Gaza, another commits suicide
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Palestinian security forces arrest seven Iranians at Hamas-linked university in Strip, say men sent by Iran to train Islamic group; Hamas commander believed to have orchestrated kidnapping of Israeli soldier Shalit injured in raid, report says

Palestinian security officers arrested seven Iranian citizens during a raid at the Islamic University, a Hamas stronghold in Gaza City, a security official said, and another committed suicide during the raid. Six to nine Palestinians were killed in the raid, sources said.

Early Friday morning the violence spread to the West Bank, when two Hamas operatives were kidnapped in Ramallah by members of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, witnesses said.
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Big deal stomps his feet. I recall when Leader Kruscheiv had a meeting with President John F. Kennedy and with his shoe whacked it on the table saying "we will bury you". That was sometime back in the early 1960s.
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Big deal stomps his feet. I recall when Leader Kruscheiv had a meeting with President John F. Kennedy and with his shoe whacked it on the table saying "we will bury you". That was sometime back in the early 1960s.
 Quoting: destiny observer

correct but he didn't take hostages he just took out jk
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...for what it claims is a daring undercover operation by western intelligence services to kidnap senior officers...
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When the west kidnaps, it is "daring". When someone else does it, it's a travesty. I see.
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...for what it claims is a daring undercover operation by western intelligence services to kidnap senior officers...

When the west kidnaps, it is "daring". When someone else does it, it's a travesty. I see.
 Quoting: Sir_Chancealot


Pretty much, yeah.

Like when the yahoodis do one of their "targeted killing" things.

If someone does the same thing to them, they wail and moan and carry on like the dickens.
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Tough talk for a girlie-man..
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Yes, tough talk for a girly man indeed

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old news that was right on

thanks op
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Re: High ranking Iranian military officers keep disappearing. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vows retaliation, stomps angry little feet
old news that was right on

thanks op
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 216498

Ahmadinejad is getting revenge
first the British hostages
and now we find out that some Americans living
in Iran have been detained.

More shields for Fridays attack I think.





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