DIARY OF A VENGEANCE FORETOLD – 31 JULY 1988 – INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY

MUNICH, May 8— Iran ordered the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 and paid Ahmed Jabril, the leader of a Palestinian group, $1.3 million to carry out the attack, a West German magazine said today.  NYT  09/05/1989

The first week of the United Nations-sponsored Persian Gulf peace talks ended without much result as Iraq insists on talks with Iran.

Although Iranian officials have so far rejected face-to-face talks with their Iraqi counterparts, there is a rumor that Iran foreign minister would accept to meet with Tarik Aziz if UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar deems it necessary to achieve peace.

”I am hereby the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran officially declaring that there is no obstacle or problem hindering direct talks with Iraq,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Mohammed Besharati.

Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar has received a mandate from the Security Council to announce soon a cease-fire date.

Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that Iraqi forces had used chemical weapons on the village of Bilo just inside the border in northwestern Iran.

Middle East News

In a televised speech, Jordan’s King Hussein called for an independent Palestinian state in the Israeli-occupied territories. King Hussein told the Palestinians to take affairs into their own hands.

”We hope the King’s actions will clear the atmosphere, clear the air between Jordan and the P.L.O.,” a Jordanian diplomat said today. ”The purpose of King Hussein’s actions is to make clear that he is not competing with the P.L.O. in the occupied territories,” the diplomat added.

Intelligence – July Summary

Following the downing of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes, radicals and hard-liners in Iran have openly argued for retaliation against the United States.

Ali Akbar Mohtashemi-Pur, a hardliner who opposes Rafsanjani, swore that there should be a “rain of blood” in revenge.

Among the top Tehran officials, the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Hashemi Rafsanjani, was alone to advocate a peaceful solution. Rafsanjani suggested that a condemnation by the UN Security Council would be sufficient. Tehran failed to obtain such Resolution. N.B. Former CIA Vincent Cannistraro, who led the CIA Lockerbie investigation, has said that even Rafsanjani approved the bombing of Pan Am 103.

Just days after the downing, the Iranian Charge d’affaires in Beirut, Hussain Niknam, invited Jibril at the Iranian Embassy. A few days later, several meetings occurred in Tehran. Among the participants, one finds Motashemi-Pur, Jibril and several representatives of the Iranian Revolutionary guards and Hizbullah.

According to the minutes of one of these meeting obtained by a German Magazine, Iran ordered the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 to avenge the shooting down of an Iranian civilian jet by the United States Navy in the Persian Gulf. Tehran paid Ahmed Jibril about $1 million in advance to carry out the attack. [1]

”We had advanced notice. The smoking gun came in July,” Former CIA Bob Baer told me earlier this month.

”We had info that Iranian representatives of the Islamic Revolution Guards have signed an agreement with a Palestinian group to bring down a plane. The investigation data was superb. It couldn’t have been better,” Baer has said previously.

Patrick Lang, chief of the DIA’s Middle East section at the time, told me that he stands by his conviction that “the bombing of the Pan Am flight was conceived, authorized and financed by Ali-Akbar Mohtashemi-Pur, the former Iranian minister of Interior.”

 

Patrick Lang

Patrick Lang

According to a DIA memo, “the operation was contracted to Ahmad Jibril for $1 million.” The remainder was to be paid after successful completion of the mission. N.B. Jibril organization did received $10 million on December 23rd, 2 days after the bombing of Pan Am 103.

Various media have quoted Land as saying: “I still agree with that. We felt quite sure that this was a PFLP thing.” In a recent email, Lang told me that he meant the PFLP–GC, i.e. the group led from Ahmed Jibril. The PFLP is another group.

NOTES AND REFERENCES

1) German Magazine Says Iran Paid for U.S. Jet’s Bombing

The magazine Quick, based in Munich, said its information was based on ”secret” minutes of a meeting in Teheran. It said the Boeing 747 was bombed on Dec. 21 to avenge the shooting down of an Iranian civilian jet by the United States Navy in the Persian Gulf.

Iran and Iraq Sharply Divided in U.N. Talks

Teheran Reports Successes along the Battlefront

U.S. VIEW IS MIXED ON JORDAN MOVES

 

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