U.S. Government Disrupts Iran-tied Terror Plot
ABC News is reporting that the government has uncovered and disrupted an alleged plot against the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C., a plot that is tied to Iran.
The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.
Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed, according to the U.S. officials[...]
The new case, called Operation Red Coalition, began in May when an Iranian-American from Corpus Christi, Texas, approached a DEA informant seeking the help of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, according to counter-terrorism officials.[...]
The Iranian-American, identified by federal officials as Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, reportedly claimed he was being "directed by high-ranking members of the Iranian government," including a cousin who was "a member of the Iranian army but did not wear a uniform," according to a person briefed on the details of the case. Counter-terrorism officials said they believe the cousin may be part of the special operations unit of the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds force. [...]
Officials said Arbabsiar is now cooperating with prosecutors and federal agents in New York, where the case has been transferred.
Senior Justice Department officials in Washington are reported to still be closely reviewing the specific language to be used in any charging documents.
Attorney General Eric Holder will hold a news conference shortly detailing the plot and the U.S. response.