The United States has stopped a ‘significant terrorist act linked to Iran which wanted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington DC, as well as other attacks.
The assassination of Adel Al-Jubeir would have been followed by bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington.
The plot has support from the Iranian government and two men allegedly working for ‘factions of the Iranian government’ have been charged with the plot, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. The criminal complaint, unsealed on Tuesday, identifies the two alleged plotters as Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri. Arbabsiar was arrested on September 29 in New York, according to Holder, was working for the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard and had confessed to a plot. Shakuri, who is based in Iran, remains at large. The case, called Operation Red Coalition, started in May when an Iranian-American from Corpus Christi, Texas, sought help for the assassination from a Mexican drug cartel and inadvertently approached a US informant. The FBI and DEA were involved in unravelling the plot.