Defector Asgari Spied on Iran for Years- May Be in Germany

The Iranian general who deected to the West this week has been spying on Iran for years.

Brigadier General Ali Reza Asgari is understood to be undergoing debriefing at a Nato base in Germany. –The Times Online

Ya Libnan reports that the Iranian general Asgari has defected with documents and maps that prove the link between Iran and its terror groups Hezbollah and Islamic jihad:

An Iranian general appears to have defected to the West with vital documents, despite Iranian claims that he was snatched last month from a Turkish hotel by US or Israeli agents.

A former Iranian deputy defense minister, Ali Rez Asgari ( also known as Asghari or Askari ) has documents and maps detailing the relationship between the elite Revolutionary Guards and Islamist groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, the London-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper said.

The newspaper said the general was also briefing Western intelligence on Iran’s links to groups in Iraq. These include the Mehdi Army of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Badr organization.

Senior US and Iranian officials are to sit down at the same negotiating table today at an international conference in Baghdad to attempt to curb sectarian violence in Iraq. The conference will also include delegates from Syria, Saudi Arabia and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The Washington Post quoted a US official who said General Asgari was willingly co-operating. His defection would be a blow to Iran.

However, Iranian officials said that he may have been kidnapped. His disappearance was reported by Turkish media, who said he went missing after checking into a hotel in Istanbul after arriving from Damascus. Two foreigners went to the Ceyhan Intercontinental hotel on 6 February and reserved a room for General Asgari for three nights. He checked into the hotel on 7 February and then vanished – reportedly travelling on a fake passport.

Israel is thought to have helped arrange his defection according to YNET News.

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