United States Blames Iran for Foiled Assassination Plot on Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir

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Oct. 12 2011 5:40 PM

United States Blames Iran for Foiled Assassination Plot on Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed information that top officials in the Iranian government were in on a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, along with Israel's embassy in Washington, were the targets of a botched plot that involved C4 plastic explosives.

Though Iran denies claims to what it calls an "evil plot," President Obama says evidence of Iran's involvement is "overwhelming." A Drug Enforcement Administration informant posing as a violent Mexican drug cartel associate gathered information from Manssor Arabasiar, one of the men tapped to carry out the attack. Arabasiar is a member of Quds, which is associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He was arrested at JFK airport, but his cousin, the second hit man, remains at large.

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