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.