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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird's new book has been making waves for its startling claim that an Iranian general who masterminded the 1983 attack on Beirut's U.S. Embassy now lives in the United States.Iranian sources contradict the author's claims about the general's whereabouts, saying that Asgari was nowhere near Beirut at the time of the 1983 attack. Throughout the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Iranian officials and Revolutionary Guard officers say, Asgari was based in Iran's Kurdistan province. Bird writes that in a Dec. 15, 2012 speech, the current commander-in-chief of the Iranian national police corroborated Asgari's presence in Lebanon in 1983 . Based on the police chief's reference to this conflict, Asgari can only have arrived to Lebanon in the late 1980s, years after the attack on the U.S. Embassy.Iranian officials and Revolutionary Guard officers echo the same story about the date of Asgari's arrival to Lebanon.A decorated high-ranking officer who still serves with the Revolutionary Guard told The Daily Star that Asgari was "one of the great generals" of the force until the end of the war with Iraq.
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