|MOOR’S ABDUCTION MASTERMINDED IN IRAN
The British Guardian said, following the release of Peter Moor, on Wednesday 12/30/2009, in Iraq, he was snatched in 05/2007 in an operation led by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, according to evidence uncovered during an extensive investigation by the Guardian.
The men – four bodyguards and Peter Moore, who was released today after more than two years in captivity – were taken to Iran within a day of their kidnap from a government ministry building in Baghdad in 2007, and kept in prisons run by the al-Quds force, a unit that specializes in foreign operations on behalf of the Iranian government several senior sources in Iraq and Iran have told the Guardian.
One of the kidnappers has told this paper that three of the Britons – Jason Creswell, Jason Swindlehurst (see - Jasons Hostages) and Alec Maclachlan – were subsequently killed after the British government refused to take ransom demands seriously. The fourth bodyguard was killed too although his body was not found yet.
Last night it emerged that part of the deal that led to the release of Moore involved the handing over of Laith al-Khazali on 06/06/2009, a leading figure in the Righteousness League (Asaib al-Haq in Arabic), which emerged in 2006 and stayed largely in the shadows as a proxy of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite unit, the al-Quds forces.
Moore was targeted because he was installing a system that would show how a vast amount of international aid was diverted to Iran's militia groups in Iraq.
The bodyguards' bodies were eventually traded for the release of Iraqi prisoners (see - 97-09.27.09).
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