Report: Appointed Iranian defense minister connected to bombing of Marine barracks in Lebanon

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 11, 2013 21:01




Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed an Iranian general who was implicated in the 1983 bombing that killed 241 American servicemen in Lebanon as his defense minister, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Sunday.

General Hussein Dehqan is to be the new defense minister, Free Beacon quoted retired Brigadier General Shimon Shapiro as stating.

Dehqan received an order to launch a terror assault on the Beirut-based Multinational Force while serving as commander of the IRGC forces in Lebanon in 1983, according to Shapiro’s report.

Dehqan’s appointment by Rouhani must still be approved by Iran’s parliament.


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