Iran buried on Monday a senior military officer it called the „architect“ of its missile defenses, killed in a massive explosion at a Revolutionary Guards‘ arms depot that authorities said was an accident. (…)
A veteran of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, Moqaddam’s importance was underlined by the appearance of Khamenei at his funeral and a personal visit to his family by Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi to convey Ahmadinejad’s condolences.
While there was no indication of any kind of attack, the timing of the explosion — amid rising tensions with Israel and the West over Iran’s nuclear program — was likely to spark speculation about the incident.
Nevertheless, a Western intelligence source told TIME magazine Monday that the Mossad was behind the explosion at the Iranian missile base. „Don’t believe the Iranians that it was an accident,“ the official was quoted by the the US magazine as saying.