The death of Hassan Moqaddam in a blast at a military base in Iran last Saturday will continue to intrigue Western media.
Iran’s official version is that the IRGC top missile man died alongside 16 other soldiers due to an accidental explosion, as ammunition was being moved around. This may very well be – and speculation that Moqaddam was the victim of a hit job by some Western intelligence is, currently, just that: speculation. But the information about this incident, though scant, begs the question. If this was just a bunch of soldiers moving ammunition cases from point A to B, why was the explosion so powerful that it was heard all the way to Tehran? And, even more intriguingly, why would a senior commander and the IRGC top missile expert be doing that menial job along with conscripts?