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Mexican Drug Cartels Stacked With US Informants

That's how Manssor Arbabsiar was nabbed

(Newser) - The US first caught wind of Iran’s alleged plan to assassinate a Saudi diplomat when Manssor Arbabsiar contacted Mexico’s Zeta cartel to do the deed—and wound up talking to a DEA agent. But that DEA agent wasn’t specifically targeting Arbabsiar—he was just one of several... More »

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Saudi Murder Plot

Manssor Arbabsiar says US invented the plot as a political tool

(Newser) - The Iranian-American accused of conspiring to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US pleaded not guilty today at a federal court. Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, faces charges of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism,... More »

Obama: Iran Plot Evidence Will Convince Skeptics

President calls for 'toughest sanctions'

(Newser) - The alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's man in Washington sounds far-fetched, but skeptical foreign governments have been presented with evidence, State Department officials say. President Obama, in his first remarks about the plot, promised to push for "the toughest sanctions" against Iran and said US officials... More »

Alleged Iranian Plot Doesn't Match Past Behavior

This sounds like neither Iran nor the Zetas cartel: Pro Publica

(Newser) - Pro Publica takes a closer look at the alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador on US soil and offers up a big, hmmmmm. It just seems ... off. The normally careful Revolutionary Guard teaming with Mexican drug gangsters? To stage a brazen attack in Washington that would likely... More »

US Vows Iran Will Be Held Accountable

Clinton: 'Very strong message' to be sent to Tehran

(Newser) - The plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US had the support of elements of the Iranian government and Iran is going to pay, US officials vow. "The United States is committed to holding Iran accountable," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters after the plot was exposed.... More »

Iranian Terror Suspect Had the Right Connections

Mansour Arbabsiar had Iranian military ties, business in Mexico

(Newser) - Iranians trying to recruit Mexican drug cartels to kill the Saudi ambassador? The terror plot US authorities say has been foiled sounds far-fetched, but it appears less so after a look at the man in the middle of it, the Washington Post finds. Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old Iranian American, had... More »

US: Iranians Plotted to Kill Saudi Envoy in DC

One man arrested; another is at large

(Newser) - The US has accused two men of attempting to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US and attack the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington at the behest of “factions of the Iranian government.” One of the men, named Manssor Arbabsiar, was arrested on Sept. 29, but his... More »

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