Saudi Arabia/Iran/USA: Unfolding of Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador to USA

 

 

The Iranian government apparently had no remorse or conscious of retribution in its formulation and activation of a covert plot to assassinate His Excellency Adel Al-Jubair, Saudi Ambassador to the United States.  The  plot was foiled as final plans were in the making of killing the Saudi Ambassador as he frequented his favorite restaurant.

Thus far two men have been identified in the planned attack whose details are reputed to have come from within the highest levels of the Iranian government.  Manssor Arabsiar, 56 years, an Iranian American is in police custory.  Iranian national, Gholam Shakuri,  a member of the elite and ultra-secretive Iran’s Quds Force is at large.

Both defendants are charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official; conspiracy to engage in foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire; conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives); and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism transcending national boundaries. Arbabsiar is further charged with an additional count of foreign travel and use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire.

Susris carries detailed information on the background of this investigation and specifics of the charges made against the individuals.  It is worth reading and continuing to follow for details.

Other data which is not cited in this Susris report indicated that the plot of terror also extended to bombing the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington with no regard to casualties.

These actions put together a new triangle of the old Arab saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  Iran has recently been the outside force behind disturbances and uprisings in Saudi Arabia’s Shii’a dominated Eastern Province.  Now this latest action planned against Saudi Arabia on foreign soil is unlikely to go unchecked.  Iran has gone for one of their own who although not a member fo the Royal family is treated and viewed as a son of the King.  This may be a time of new alliances for a short period to reach mutual goals or alternatively each country could choose to lash out covertly and quietly against Iran seeking their own type of retribution.

Instead of this plot being far from over it is likely only just beginning at a new phase.

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26 Responses

  1. Looks like all the pieces are falling into place. For Armageddon that is!! But, then again, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I were to hear this was all just made up or manipulated in some way. Damned JoooooZZZ!!

  2. The Tehran Theocratic Mullahs’ Loathing for “The Great Satan” and Its Saudi “Puppets”

    By Ali Alyami

    There is nothing that the theocratic Mullahs in Tehran would rather do than tarnish the absolute Saudi monarchy’s image and render insignificant its leadership among Muslims and within the international community. It is a well-known fact that these last two tyrannical Muslim regimes are competing for Arab and Muslim leadership in the hope of securing global recognition and legitimacy for their draconian rule at home. In addition, the cruel Iranian regime will stop at nothing to drive a bigger wedge between the absolute Saudi monarchs and their most important protecting ally, the US. However, plotting to attack the Saudi embassy in Washington and kill its hundreds of personnel including King Abdullah’s yes-man ambassador will back fire in a way even the vicious Iranian regime is not suicidal enough to undertake.

    The similarities between the autocratic and theocratic regime in Tehran and their counterparts in Riyadh are well known. They are anti-democracy, anti-women, anti-non-Muslims, anti-human rights and share a common objective of ridding Arab and Muslim countries of Western influence so they can continue to oppress their people in the name of God and Shariah law. Both foster, export and finance extremist and terrorist groups in order to spread their influence and extract concessions from Western governments as the Saudis did with Britain regarding Arms Sales’ bribery in 2008. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/15/bae.armstrade).

    Knowing that Tehran’s despots and their counterparts in Riyadh are brimming with hate for the US and Israel as well as for each other, it should not be surprising, albeit unlikely in this case, that someone in Tehran would attempt to hire assassins to hit a small Saudi target, especially in the West. The theocrats in Tehran are vying for a leading role among Muslims; and bullying their Saudi competitors along with their US ally would enhance the image of the Iranian regime among many Muslims regardless of religious differences.

    Like the Saudi royals (recall King Abdullah’s urging President Obama to “cut the head of the snake”), the tyrannical regime in Tehran wants to drag the US and/or Israel into a prolonged war in an Arab or Muslim country so it can convince the rest of the mostly poverty stricken and marginalized Muslims of the “Crusaders’ war” against Islam and Muslims.

    Even harsh critics of Arab and Muslim ruling hooligans’ politics and practices would find the Justice Department’s alleged Iranian escapade to be unconvincing, especially at a time when the Iranian regime knows misbehaving could generate a crippling military response by a combination of regional and international coalitions. The Tehran theocrats are vicious, but not suicidal.

  3. Why on earth Iran should have a remorse when it has no role in the plan to assassinate the saudi Ambassador in US and why should they do this, don’t they have their Ambassadors in US , their allies and European countries where then they will have similar repercussions , more ever there is no evidence that Iran should ever had interfered in other peoples affairs. By the way is Adil Jubair a muslim , at least he did not look like, because just the head cover do not make a man muslim moreover he represents a so called Islamic country (sic) and a muslim man, if not a full flowing beard like the famous saudi king of Terror had, at least a french cut should have been the minimum .
    Alyami’s remarks equating Iran and Saudia both in the same negative terms is nothing but his rabid bias for the country headed by far the finest and mightiest President any country ever had in history and supervised by the most reverend and pious Ulemas who are the true and sincere followers of the Holy Prophet (s) and His immaculate-infallible Ahle bayt (a). I need not comment on his senseless rants .

  4. I’ve read a number of people think this is a hoax. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

  5. @ Zaheer Husain Khan

    “… senseless rants?”

  6. @ Zaheer Husain Khan – ‘senseless rants’ sounds about right just now!! LOL

  7. puzzling…… Just that.

  8. Puzzling is for sure gladiator. 1. I can’t even IMAGINE Iran (even with I’manutjob in office) being stupid enough during these tense times, to try to pull that off and 2. How did the US get lucky enough to stumble upon this plot? But, you just never know…But, then again, I bet it is that maniacal Dr. Evil at the heart of this whole thing. You just wait and see, Hollywood WILL be involved at some point, that’s a guarantee!

  9. @ Zaheer Husain Khan

    “…his rabid bias for the country headed by far the finest and mightiest President any country ever had in history and supervised by the most reverend and pious Ulemas who are the true and sincere followers of the Holy Prophet (s)…”

    Ask the Sunni Muslim minority in Ahwaz. Ask they Baha’i s, Ahmadis as well as the small Jewish and Christian communities about their rights under the “mightiest President any country ever had in history and supervised by the most reverend and pious Ulemas who are the true and sincere followers of the Holy Prophet (s)…”

    More important, ask the millions of Iranian youth, men and women, if they agree with your assessment of the men who control every aspect of their lives and livelihood.

    Facts can be denied, but that does mean they are fictions. They exist for all to see especially at this age of Youtube and facebook. Whether anyone likes it or not, the Saudi and Iranian despots can run, but cannot hide for much longer. Their suppressed populations have had enough of oppression and marginalization.

  10. LMAO Lynn I love the I’manutjob in office! !!!!

    I think a DEA agent got wind of the plot via the Mexican drug cartel.

  11. Ali Alyami needs to get a day job, the more one read his paranoid rants the more one realizes he’s a nobody.

    as for the assassination plot here’s are two insightful articles.

    http://www.salon.com/2011/10/12/the_very_scary_iranian_terror_plot/singleton/

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/13/opinion/iranianplotsamerican-hubris/

  12. As a population that has grown up with Disney telling us that anything is possible…scepticism in this case is not an option. We must believe the impossible…until Fox news tells us otherwise. ;)

  13. ‘…the more one read his paranoid rants the more one realizes he’s a nobody.’

    That’s not nice and I also don’t think it is accurate. He’s as much a somebody as any of us here. I think that comment says more about you, and perhaps your fears of the truth?, than it does about Ali. Don’t ya think?

  14. ‘…scepticism in this case is not an option’

    Seriously? I thought that most things that I have heard about this were skeptical. But, I really have not spent any time trying to study it. I’m going to just wait for the Wiki-Leak to come out so I can get the truth and not have to sort through all the bull. LOL

  15. Quicker if you wait for a Facebook status update from I’manutjob.

  16. Why on earth Iran should have a remorse when it has no role in the plan to assassinate the saudi Ambassador in US and why should they do this, don’t they have their Ambassadors in US , their allies and European countries where then they will have similar repercussions , more ever there is no evidence that Iran should ever had interfered in other peoples affairs. By the way is Adil Jubair a muslim , at least he did not look like, because just the head cover do not make a man muslim moreover he represents a so called Islamic country (sic) and a muslim man, if not a full flowing beard like the famous saudi king of Terror had, at least a french cut should have been the minimum .
    Alyami’s remarks equating Iran and Saudia both in the same negative terms is nothing but his rabid bias for the country headed by far the finest and mightiest President any country ever had in history and supervised by the most reverend and pious Ulemas who are the true and sincere followers of the Holy Prophet (s) and His immaculate-infallible Ahle bayt (a). I need not comment on his senseless rants .

  17. I’m thinking a it was some low level numb-nut who thought he was well serving his country. Well, what a mess. But that’s what happens when you have unstable, nasty leadership at the top. You inspire the wrong people, and lose control of the situation.

  18. all I can say, there are some Weak Points in this Spy Plot. Lets have a look . . .
    1) Quds Force which is a special force. And they have enough talent in their field. Wikipedia says, “Mahan Abedin, director of research at the London-based Center for the Study of Terrorism (and editor of Islamism Digest journal), believes the unit is not independent at all: “Quds Force, although it’s a highly specialized department, it is subject to strict, iron-clad military discipline. It’s completely controlled by the military hierarchy of the IRGC, and the IRGC is very tightly controlled by the highest levels of the administration in Iran.”

    Quds Force is considered by some analysts as “one of the best special forces units in the world,” according to a Los Angeles Times report. In Abedin’s view, “[I]t’s a very capable force — their people are extremely talented, [and] they tend to be the best people in the IRGC.”

    2) they contacted with a Drug Circle. Though Quds Force has worked with some terrorist groups before. ( CIA has the some records also.)

    3) they usually contact with their agents through Currier.

    4) they have their agents in other parts of the world.

    5) as lynn said, Irani government is in under pressure for nuclear weapon, recent protest in saudi arabia and in their own country protest.

    As for the point number 1 and 3. The Quds force is well known for their capability and their talent in their fields. They have long history through out the middle east and afghanistan. It would not be possible if they had not enough guts and technologies. In the recent Plot what we see? They contacted with their Agent over public mobile phone network (!) and leaving clues for their counter parts??? As we know that a spy usually gets his or her commands in some code language and in a very unique way. But this rule was not followed while its well known that american inteligens system is very sofisticated??? They even broke their carrier tradition. ( it was their style though that dose not mean always they has to contact through Currier.)

    point number two…. They contacted with a drug circle . Which was under observation by FBI . They were in need (!) .

    Point number 4….. They could setup the plot in other countries. Why in US? Hmmm in this point they has a motive, after a succefull Mission a tense would rise between US and Saudi. While depends on US in many ways. It could be easy than attack on saudi arabia by iranian government.

    Dont number 5) a government will not take risk while they are in under pressure situation like Iran.

    But saudi and iran are in “VS” mode.

    Sorry for my noisy english.

  19. Iran does not have an embassy or ambassador in the United States.

  20. @ab,
    Wow i didn’t know that? why doesn’t iran have an ambassador in the US, even india and pakistan have diplomats stationed in each other s countries..and they are not known to be the best of friends??
    wouldn’t you want your men int he enemy’s place :-)

  21. radhaa, perhaps it has something to do with what happened before with OUR embassy in Tehran?

  22. The embassy of Pakistan has an Iranian interests section to respond to requests pertaining to Iran. In Tehran, the Swiss Embassy has an interests section for the United States.

    This link provides good information from State Dept about travel to Iran and relations with Iran.

  23. carol@ but their should be an embassy…… Both parties are strict a bit..

  24. politics does not always work that way, Gladiator!

  25. If you don’t have ‘Diplomatic Relations’ there is no reason to have an Ambassador.

  26. ‘Diplomatic Relations’ …. Very difficult to understand in the era of “wikileaks”.

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