General vanishes; Mossad/CIA blamed

Leader in Iran's Revolutionary Guard was last seen in Istanbul on February 7.

March 4, 2007 20:23
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Arab newspapers are hinting that the Mossad and/or the CIA could be behind the disappearance of an Iranian general, Ali Reza Askari, who was last seen February 7 in Istanbul, Channel 10 reported Sunday evening. Askari is a former general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and served in the cabinet of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. Baztab, a Web site linked to the Revolutionary Guard, first reported that Askari may have been kidnapped. Baztab recently reported that Askari's name was one of 20 appearing on what "appeared…to be a CIA hit-list [of former Guard officers]." Askari reportedly arrived in Turkey, where he was visiting for personal reasons, on a flight from Damascus. According to reports, he checked into the Hotel Ghilan, and has not been seen since. Interpol is conducting an investigation into his disappearance, but thus far no concrete information has been released.

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