The Iranian-Israeli clandestine war is heating up. Just a day after Iran publicly hanged alleged Israeli spy Ali Akbar Siadat, hinting that at least one more Iranian national was due to be executed for working for the Mossad, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East and Russia Affairs Mohammad Rauf Sheibani announced Wednesday, Dec. 29 that Tehran would ask international organizations to investigate “the murder by the Israeli Mossad'” of the former Iranian deputy defense minister Alireza Asgari in Israel’s Ayalon Prison.
Asgari went missing form his Istanbul hotel shortly after arriving there from Damascus on Dec. 9, 2006 and has not been seen since.. Until now, Iranian sources claimed he was in American hands. Western intelligence had reported in fact that he was the source of the information about secret Iranian nuclear installations, including the underground enrichment plant near Qom. Now, for the first time, Tehran has come up with the tale not only that he was taken to an Israeli prison after his disappearance in Istanbul, but that he died there.
Commenting on this new claim, Asgari’s wife, Ziba Ahamdi, said Wednesday that she had no idea if the report of her husband’s murder was true. If it were, she said, it would mean he had achieved his greatest ambition, which was to serve the Islamic Revolution.
The regime in Tehran is under pressure to account to its own public and friendly Muslims for the shambling pace of its nuclear effort. Loth to admit the devastation caused by Stuxnet, the Iranians have seized on this as a distraction from their ever dragging nuclear program.
Tehran has made big play of this report and is calling for an international investigation into the fate of the missing deputy defense minister – partly also to demonstrate that leaders of the Islamic Regime are willing to lay down their lives for the sacred mission of arming Iran with a nuclear bomb.
Tehran is moreover girding up for the resumed nuclear talks in Istanbul on Jan. 5 with the Five UN Security Council Permanent Members and Germany. The first round in Geneva on Dec. 6-7 was taken up with a long-winded tirade by senior negotiator Saad Jalili which held US and Israeli intelligence guilty of murdering Iranian nuclear scientists in broad daylight in downtown Tehran.
For the next session, Iran has prepared a fresh indictment against the Israeli Mossad, now accused of murdering Asqari.