Iran military top brass killed in plane crash
TEHRAN : Several top brass in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were among 11 people killed in a military plane crash in the northwest of the country, the second such deadly incident in barely a month.
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While analysts and experts in Washington said yesterday that they had no information that suggests the crash was caused by foul play, it came as tensions among the ruling mullahs are rising. The crash claimed the life of the commander of the guard's ground forces, General Ahmad Kazemi, an ally of a former Iranian president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani - who himself is a target of Iran's current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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