US foils ‘Iranian plot to bomb missions, murder Saudi envoy’

Published: October 11, 2011
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This November 27, 2007 file photo shows Saudi ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir as he speaks to the press during the Middle East peace conference at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. US agents have foiled what has been called a "significant terrorist act" linked to Iran which would have included the assassination of the Saudi US ambassador and other attacks, US media reported  October 11, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

This November 27, 2007 file photo shows Saudi ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir as he speaks to the press during the Middle East peace conference at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. US agents have foiled what has been called a "significant terrorist act" linked to Iran which would have included the assassination of the Saudi US ambassador and other attacks, US media reported October 11, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON DC: US authorities thwarted an alleged plot to bomb the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies in Washington and assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, court documents and a US official said on Tuesday.

The alleged plotters were identified as Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, and Gholam Shakuri — both originally from Iran — in the criminal complaint unsealed in a federal court in New York City. Arbabsiar, a naturalised US citizen, was arrested in late September. Shakuri is still at large.

The plot was disrupted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration. US officials said the Iranian in custody had confessed to the plot and provided information on the involvement of various factions of the Iranian government who were behind the plot.

Court documents identified Shakuri as a member of the Quds Force, a branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Shakuri approved the plan to try to kill the Saudi ambassador during telephone conversations with Arbabsiar, the complaint said.

In July and August, Arbabsiar paid $100,000 to a DEA informant for the murder of Saudi Ambassador Adel al Jubeir, court documents said.

Arbabsiar was arrested late last month at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. After his arrest, court papers said, Arbabsiar confessed to the authorities.

The men are charged with one count of conspiracy to murder, two counts of foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire and one count each of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2011.

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  • John B
    Oct 12, 2011 - 12:10AM

    Any hopes of olive branch to Iran is down the drain now.

    What does it mean to PAK?

    Forget Iranian pipe line.

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  • Shayan
    Oct 12, 2011 - 12:44AM

    I am sure they were involved just like Raymond Davis wasn’t from CIA

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  • Mj
    Oct 12, 2011 - 12:53AM

    I am just glad that the plot was uncovered before it could be attempted. The consequences would have been far reaching with a very high probability of war in retaliation.

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  • Ali
    Oct 12, 2011 - 12:54AM

    Funny how undercover DEA Agents are involved in all such cases duh!

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  • Jadugar
    Oct 12, 2011 - 1:20AM

    Another attempt by the American to discredit the Iranians, The very thought that Iran possess nuclear technology is driving the American Nuts, Several attemps to destroy Iran Nuclear techonology having failed, These nationas are now using any and every means to destroy their achievement, Dont tell me that CIA and MOSSAD havent tried killing other dignataries from different countries. Ofcourse the western media will now try to blow it out of proportion. I am just waiting for the western press Tsunami hit.

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  • Joan Abernethy
    Oct 12, 2011 - 1:38AM

    In light of increased provocations from Iran and given the threat must not be underestimated, the wisdom of increased support for Iranian interests in displacing Ahmadinejad and his religious leaders with democracy or at least with less zealous Islamists must be seriously considered.

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  • Bangladeshi
    Oct 12, 2011 - 2:44AM

    Off course who else can be involved. In the 70s it was evil USSR & communist china and now it is Iran , ISI & PAK. Its really funny how the american’s foiled this alleged plot but failed protect their embassy in fortified Kabul. I guess this is what they call american exceptionalism. Its truly the most exceptional and unique state in the history of mankind. Lots of things for ISI to learn.

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  • amir jafri
    Oct 12, 2011 - 2:49AM

    April 1, in October?
    American humor on hiatus or stupendous american stupidity.Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Oct 12, 2011 - 4:26AM

    @ Joan Your are a typical victim of Fox Media News, What I call “Media edcucated ” folks of the western world

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  • Bipul Rajput
    Oct 12, 2011 - 6:24AM

    Wahabis in Pakistan are going to run riot now.

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  • Umar
    Oct 12, 2011 - 8:08AM

    It is just like; Syria involved in Hariri killing, Pakistan involved in Rabbabni kinlling and now Iran involved in to ambassador killing plot. In all cases american knew the tension between two parties. But what these American terrorist says about killing of Palestinians in UAE by jews force?, killing of thousands of muslims in the name of Islam, terrorism and talebans?

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  • MarkH
    Oct 12, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @Bangladeshi:
    No deaths counts as failing to protect? What exactly does successful protection require in your mindset? Ignoring it and covering it up afterwards as usual to protect the actual attackers?

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  • Nasir
    Oct 12, 2011 - 10:48AM

    Another song released by US Band…

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 12, 2011 - 10:58AM

    @Bangladeshi:

    In the 70s it was evil USSR &
    communist china and now it is Iran ,
    ISI & PAK

    Yeah! and in 1971 it was the American Consul General Archer Blood’s false propoganda in Dhaka.

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  • True Pakistani
    Oct 12, 2011 - 4:14PM

    @John B:

    Iran is a peacefull country Mr John and US is a biggest terrorist of this Planet.

    US would be no more in the map of this world in few years

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  • Jadugar
    Oct 12, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Your headlines seems to suggest that Iran is already guilty of the crime. Accusation by America does not mean that it is true. Remember Yellow Cake deal, WMD, etc. I can also accuse your Newspaper to be under CIA payroll, but then it’s just an accusation

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  • Nasrullah
    Oct 12, 2011 - 6:46PM

    Its an old fashion now to bring tensions among two countries. I think saudis will understand the card thrown by us and let them say whatever they want to. no one trusts us now and no one will pay attention to them Recommend

  • Joan Abernethy
    Oct 12, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Jadugar,
    You are not only media but simply factually misinformed. It has never been true that there were no WMD in Iraq, only that none were found. During January, February of 2003, media from all over the world, via my short wave, including from China, were reporting the movement in and out of Iraq of mobile biological laboratories in which viruses were developed to let loose among unsuspecting “allies” — in my world, “allies” are all those, all over the globe, who oppose oppression, including executions for fun, forcing girls into burning schools, and similar monstrous acts of humanity. Of course all governments hire assassinations. But do you want war to spread? What is your solution? Kill all Americans? Or as CBC broadcast a Syrian doctor in Windsor say, “…do whatever needs to be done to turn Canada into the new Syria”? Or, the Iraqi doctor who said, “…use Canada’s geographical location to physically attack the USA”? No, it’s bad enough drug cartels all over the world are gaining power to rule global society without factions provoking more war.

    The trouble I see the USA has with the recent arrest is the international perception of their use of torture, because the Iranian has confessed. It is from him they got their information, but is it of any use if he alleges afterward he was tortured?
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  • Cautious
    Oct 12, 2011 - 7:35PM

    Why all the comments implying this is a CIA plot are colorful – you should note that it was the FBI and DEA that uncovered this plot and arrested the individual.
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    “In July and August, Arbabsiar paid $100,000 to a DEA informant for the murder of Saudi Ambassador Adel al Jubeir, court documents said.”
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    It’s likely this transaction was recorded and will be presented in a court of law. If so it’s also likely the defendant facing overwhelming evidence will negotiate a reduced sentence in exchange for providing further information about his fellow conspirator.

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  • A.S.Zara
    Oct 13, 2011 - 5:47PM

    Another concocted tale from America. Very dangerouse trying to pitch two Muslim countries against each other.

    May Almighty Allah Save us from this SHAITAN.
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  • Al Montreal
    Oct 15, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Caution should be exercised in view of the rowboats that Iran has off the USA coast.

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