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September 19, 1980
� Air Aar AlAilroved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 _ ROUTINC � TO: , NAME ikND ADDRESS DATE INITIALS 1 2 3 4 ACTION DIRECT REPLY PREPARE REPLY APPROVAL DISPATCH ' RECOMMENDATION COMMENT FILE RETURN CONCURRENCE INFORMATION SIGNATURE REMARKS: FROM: NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NO. DATE (Security Class CONTROL NO Sc 80�U Copy �Qc) PA M 80-10410C Access to this document will be restricted to those approved for the following specific activities: Warning Notice Intelligence Sources and Methods Involved NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION Unauthorized Disclosure Subject to Criminal Sanctions _SECREr (Security Classification) r Ar Air Al I r pproved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083ff Air Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 DISSEMINATION CONTROL ABBREVIATIONS NOFORN- Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals NOCONTRACT- Not Releasable to Contractors or Contractor/Consultants PROPIN- Caution-Proprietary Information Involved USIBONLY- USIB Departments Only ORCON- Dissemination and Extraction of Information Controlled by Originator REL. This Information has been Authorized for Release to. aieik4�, Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 (b)(3 $- 19 September 1980 MEMORANDUM IRAN: IMAM MUSA SADR'S WHEREABOUTS Imam Musa Sadr was last seen in Tripoli, Libya on 31 August 1978. Libyan officials claim he left Libya on that date on Alitalia flight 881 for Rome and they claim that his baggage was discovered at the Holiday Inn in Rome several days later when he failed to contact friends in the city. Official and private Italian contacts of the US Embassy in Rome claim he never arrived in Rome. report that Libyan leader Qadhafi was unhappy with Musa Sadr because the Shia leader had misspent and misappropriated funds given by the Libyans to him tf) support his Amal (Hope) movements in southern Lebanon.I differ on what happend to him in August 1978. Some say he was detained for interrogation by the Libyans and killed either by accident or design. Other report that he was detained and remained a prisoner in Libya. There are a wide variety of other rumors about Musa Sadr's whereabouts. Some claim he was killed by SAVAK, CIA, Israeli intelligence or some rival Lebanese group. None of these claims seem credible. most local observers including Arab and toreign dipiomatS believe Musa Sadr was killed by the Libyans. None of these observers has definite proof of this but most bvse it on conversations with local Libyan officials (b)(3) This memorandum was prepared by of the Southwest Asia Analytic Center, Near East South Asia Division, Office of Political Analysis. Comments and queries may be addressed to Deputy Chief, Southwest Asia Analytic Center on WARNING NO10E INTELLIGENCE SOURCES AND METHODS INCLVED PA M 80-10410C SC 80-02285 Co (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(3) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(3) (b)(6) (b)(3) (b)(3) (1-11(q1 (b)(3) Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 ----1 �2 _SECRET" Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083 SUBJECT: Iran: Imam Musa Sadr's Whereabouts Distribution: 1 - State Department (LDXed) 1 - DCI 1 - DDCI 2 - (b)(3) 1 D/NFAC (b)(6) 1 - NIO/NESA 1 PDB Staff 1 - C/DDO/NE 1 - C/DDO/NE/ (b)(3) - D/OPA 1 1 - C/OPA/NESA 1 C/SAAC 3 - PPG 2 - OPA/PS NFAC/OPA/SAAC/Iran :ch/6981(19Sept84) � (b)(3) (b)(6) Approved for Release: 2022/09/19 C05514083