This next week in my digest I will be taking a deeper look at something that is not being talked about much, but has the potential for catastrophic ramifications. I will be looking at the alleged/supposed defection of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp General Ali Nasiri. Two weeks ago shortly after General Jafari was relieved of his command of the IRGC, General Nasiri the Commander of the People’s Protection Battalion, an Intelligence gathering Battalion and Personal protection battalion of elite soldiers engaged in a serious fight with Hossein Taeb, a leader in the Iranian Supreme Religious Council. He stormed out of the meeting furious.
After he didn’t show up for work after a couple of days, reports say that he had whisked himself away to a Gulf State US Embassy and asked for asylum. In exchange, he was happy to hand over a treasure trove of Top Secret documents from the IRGC. This sounds all too good to be true, but it is not the first time this has happened. The first individual to defect was a man named Ali Reza Asghari, who served as Iran’s deputy defense minister under then-President Mohammed Khatami and as a general and commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the 1980s and 1990s. The Iranians claimed he was abducted by the CIA. Two other nuclear scientists also defected between 2007 and 2009. Again, the Iranians claimed they were abducted and insisted that they be returned.
So far, the Iranian government has repeatedly stated that General Ali Nasiri is comfortably tucked in his own bed at home and that he has not defected. This could easily be disputed by simply asking him to get out of his comfortable bed and appear in Iranian Television. To date he is no where to be found. It has not gone unnoticed that within a few days of his alleged defection, US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group was immediately dispatched to the Gulf, breaking off its exercises in the Mediterranean. Then a Bomber Task Force was also dispatched to the Indian Ocean.
One thing is for sure: There is more than meets the eye.
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