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European Intelligence: Iranian Officials Probably Kidnapped by Mossad During Mina StampedeSalem-News.com Foreign Affairs
This exposé on the Mecca stampede is based on preliminary intelligence reports.
(SALEM, Ore.) - According to an unconfirmed report by the al-Nahrain-net News Agency, one of Europe's intelligence agencies has indicated that the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence agency, abducted a number of Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) commanders, diplomats and prominent officials at last Thursday's stampede near the holy city of Mecca.
Al-Nahrain-net added that it also obtained information from European diplomatic sources in Brussels, suggesting that the deadly crush that happened during the Stoning of the Devil ceremony (ramī aj-jamarāt) in Mecca was in fact a joint, pre-planned sabotage in order to kidnap a number of high-ranking IRGC commanders and Iranian diplomats.
Al-Nahrain-net's exposé on the Mecca stampede, which is based on preliminary intelligence reports, indicates that Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies probably collaborated to abduct IRGC commanders, diplomats and staff working in Iran's Supreme Leader's office, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
According to this report, the former Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, is believed to have kidnapped in the deadly stampede.
Mr. Roknabadi is considered an eminent member of the Supreme Leader's office staff and a figure who is well-informed regarding the secrets of arming Hezbollah by Tehran.
Ali Asghar Fouladgar, the head of IRGC's institute for strategic studies, is also identified as missing. Hussein Danesh, Fo'ad Mashghali, Ammar Miransari and Seyyed Hasan Hasani - all members of IRGC or Iran's Supreme Leader's office for the pilgrimage, are declared missing.
In a time that EU diplomats reject altogether the authenticity of such a report, there is rising speculation that Russia leaked this information to western intelligence agencies.
Al-Nahrain-net added that Iranian officials neither confirmed nor rejected the allegations regarding the abduction of Ghazanfar Roknabadi and other IRGC commanders during the hajj rituals.
While waiting for official confirmation, this report is considered just as a pending scenario, despite the fact that an unnamed European intelligence agency released the information.
If this report turns to be accurate, it will signify a high level of intelligence coordination between Riyadh and Tel Aviv for it seems almost impossible to carry out the abduction of the Iranian targets by Mossad or western agencies without the Saudi blessing and acquiescence.
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