Iranians starting to get annoyed at disappearing officers

#1
It appears that our Iranian friends are starting to lose thier senior army officer with some regularity, and are, naturally, blaming the Americans:

http://intelligence-summit.blogspot.com/2007/03/iran-to-hit-back-at-us-kidnaps.html

IRAN is threatening to retaliate in Europe for what it claims is a daring undercover operation by western intelligence services to kidnap senior officers in its Revolutionary Guard.

According to Iranian sources, several officers have been abducted in the past three months and the United States has drawn up a list of other targets to be seized with the aim of destabilising Tehran’s military command.

In an article in Subhi Sadek, the Revolutionary Guard’s weekly paper, Reza Faker, a writer believed to have close links to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, warned that Iran would strike back.

“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said. “Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”

The first sign of a possible campaign against high-ranking Iranian officers emerged earlier this month with the discovery that Ali Reza Asgari, former commander of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force in Lebanon and deputy defence minister, had vanished, apparently during a trip to Istanbul.

Asgari’s disappearance shocked the Iranian regime as he is believed to possess some of its most closely guarded secrets. The Quds Force is responsible for operations outside Iran.

Last week it was revealed that Colonel Amir Muhammed Shirazi, another high-ranking Revolutionary Guard officer, had disappeared, probably in Iraq.

A third Iranian general is also understood to be missing — the head of the Revolutionary Guard in the Persian Gulf. Sources named him as Brigadier General Muhammed Soltani, but his identity could not be confirmed.

“This is no longer a coincidence, but rather an orchestrated operation to shake the higher echelons of the Revolutionary Guard,” said an Israeli source.

Other members of the Quds Force are said to have been seized in Irbil, in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq, by US special forces.

“The capture of Quds members in Irbil was essential for our understanding of Iranian activity in Iraq,” said an American official with knowledge of the operation.

One theory circulating in Israel is that a US taskforce known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG) is coordinating the campaign to take Revolutionary Guard commanders.

The Iranians have also accused the United States of being behind an attack on Revolutionary Guards in Iran last month in which at least 17 were killed.

Military analysts believe that Iranian threats of retaliation are credible. Tehran is notorious for settling scores. When the Israelis killed Abbas Mussawi, Hezbollah’s general secretary, in 1992 the Quds Force blew up the Israeli embassy in Argentina in revenge.

Despite the Iranian threat to retaliate in Europe, Iraq is seen by some analysts as a more likely place in which to attempt abductions.

“In Iraq, the Quds Force can easily get hold of American — and British — officers,” said a Jordanian intelligence source.
I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be stupid enough to retaliate in Europe or kidnap US personnel.
 
#3
My own humble and simplistic take on things:
Is somebody increasing the pressure, trying to force Tehran into doing something rash so the moral high ground can be claimed?

Hopefully not
 
#4
Last week it was revealed that Colonel Amir Muhammed Shirazi, another high-ranking Revolutionary Guard officer, had disappeared, probably in Iraq.
What the fcuk is he doing in Iraq?
 
#6
methinks the almighty dollar has influenced many of these missing officers into absconding before the sh1t hits the fan :plotting:
 
#7
methinks the almighty dollar has influenced many of these missing officers into absconding before the sh1t hits the fan
That's the view I take. Why kidnap when you can offer them a bucketload of money and asylum in exchange for spilling the beans?

I am also curious to know what a high ranking officer was doing in Iraq.
 
#8
In an article in Subhi Sadek, the Revolutionary Guard’s weekly paper, Reza Faker, a writer believed to have close links to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, warned that Iran would strike back.

“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said.

A fate worse than death perhaps? I hope the captured RN personnel are treated better than this!
 
#9
If they are so "top" and "important" and privy to such "sensitive" information... why haven't they got bodyguards?
 
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#10
There's no way the SPAMs have kidnapped them. They'd have f*cked it up and lost at least 3 helicopters in the process. They'd have to bribe them out. Now, the Israelis, that's a different picture.
 
#11
Biscuits_AB said:
There's no way the SPAMs have kidnapped them. They'd have f*cked it up and lost at least 3 helicopters in the process. They'd have to bribe them out. Now, the Israelis, that's a different picture.
Should be out at the cinema in the next 6 months.
 
#12
“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said.

Hmmm this sounds like a job for 3 para Mortars.
 
#13
“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said. “Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”
To be honest, if they think Israelis and Americans come from Europe, they've got problems that go way beyond disappearing staff officers...
 

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#14
usmarox said:
“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said. “Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”
To be honest, if they think Israelis and Americans come from Europe, they've got problems that go way beyond disappearing staff officers...
LOL

Speaking personally, I'd be quite chuffed if Delta were managing this. It would be like "wow, you see, you really are special - good for you". Or is that too patronising?
 
#15
Mr Happy said:
usmarox said:
“We’ve got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks,” he said. “Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis.”
To be honest, if they think Israelis and Americans come from Europe, they've got problems that go way beyond disappearing staff officers...
LOL

Speaking personally, I'd be quite chuffed if Delta were managing this. It would be like "wow, you see, you really are special - good for you". Or is that too patronising?
Indeed, but I think you'd get more success with a sack full of cash and some Lebanese whores. It strikes me that the Iranians are claiming kidnap to 'demonstrate' US agression against them and portray themselves as victims in a continued attempt to galvanise the Middle East against the SPAMs. And to avoid the embarrassment of its military officers defecting.
 

Mr Happy

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#16
Bat_Crab said:
Indeed, but I think you'd get more success with a sack full of cash and some Lebanese whores.
Anytime you want the inside skivvy on my pub quiz questions you should feel free to come after me BC - you will find I am quite amenable.
 
#18
Mr Happy said:
Bat_Crab said:
Indeed, but I think you'd get more success with a sack full of cash and some Lebanese whores.
Anytime you want the inside skivvy on my pub quiz questions you should feel free to come after me BC - you will find I am quite amenable.
Ah, people who understand the importance of personal motivators, rewards and inducements!

Just like the Cold War, all over again..

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