Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
Members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)Reuters/West Asia News Agency

An Iranian General who went missing in 2007 is living under a new name in the US, Iran International reported.

According to the report, Major General Ali-Reza Asgari, a senior figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the former Defense Minister of Iran, defected to the West after he was removed from his position by then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and provided critical intelligence on Iran's nuclear program. This intelligence was said to have stopped the US from going to war with Iran over its nuclear weapons program in 2007.

He was also credited with naming Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as the most important figure in Iran's nuclear program, Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in 2020.

Asgari reportedly was placed in the CIA's witness protection program.

Before his defection, Asgari was heavily involved with the Hezbollah terrorist organization in the 1990s. He was last seen in Istanbul on February 7, 2007, and his disappearance has been a mystery ever since.