Missing Iranian general in Europe - report
Arabic-language newspaper quotes top Iranian military official as saying that Ali Reza Asgari is being questioned by Western military experts over Revolutionary Guards’ role in bombing of US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut; general will be transferred to America at a later date, he adds
The London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Wednesday quoted an Iranian military official as saying that missing Iranian general Ali Reza Asgari is staying in a northern European country, where he is receiving “excellent treatment.”
According to the newspaper, the Iranian military official said Asgari is being interrogated by American and other Western intelligence officials on secrets he was exposed to while serving as the Defense Ministry’s chief consultant for strategic affairs.
According to the report, Asgari headed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon and in this capacity was privy to a great deal of confidential information.
The Iranian source, who was also a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards in the 1980s, said Asgari is being questioned by military experts for several hours a day regarding the Guards’ role in the bombing of the 1983 bombings of the US Marine and French Corps headquarters in Beirut.
After serving in Lebanon for two years Asgari was stationed in Sudan, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Iranian officer said.
"The general is also being interrogated on the assassination of Iranian opposition leaders abroad,” the military source told the newspaper, adding that Asgari will be transferred to the US at a later date.
Asgari went missing in Turkey on February 7, shortly after he and his family checked into in hotel in Istanbul.
A website linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards hinted at the possibility that the general was kidnapped by American intelligence, in light of his knowledge of Iranian nuclear secrets, as well as Iranian military equipment.
According to recent reports by the British Daily Telegraph, the Mossad may have been involved in Asgari’s disappearance, due to his possible possession of information regarding the fate of missing Israeli navigator Ron Arad.