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Two Iranians, Manssor Arbabisar and Gholam Shakuri, have been charged in the United States with plotting to assassinate Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir on American soil on October 11, 2011. According to U.S. officials, the two planned to kill him with a bomb and subsequently bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. This has been considered an attempted terrorist plot, or perhaps by some, such as Senator Carl Levin, even an act of war, if indeed it was sponsored by the Iranian government as some have claimed it was. Arbabsiar was arrested on September 29, 2011, at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York City, while Shakuri remains at large.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder alleged that the plot was directed by elements of the Iranian government. At least one investigator has speculated that the men may have been acting as rogue elements in the government of Iran, rather than the actual government itself. “It’s so outside their normal track of activity,” said a senior law enforcement official who had been involved in the investigation and would speak only on the condition of anonymity. “It’s a rogue plan or they’re using very different tactics. We just don’t know.”
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