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Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US

US has accused Iran of sponsoring a plan to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir

Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
In this handout photo provided by the Nueces County Sheriff's Department, Manssor Arbab Arbabsiar is seen in this 2001 mug shot. Arbabsiar, along with Gholam Shakuri, was charged October 11, 2011 with plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the US and to bomb the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington DC (Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
A man leaves the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
This courtroom drawing shows Manssor Arbabsiar (2R), who holds both a US and Iranian passport, charged over an alleged Iranian government-directed plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the US with explosives, appearing before US Southern district court judge Michael H Dolinger (background) and US assistant US attorney Glen Kopp (L) during his Arraignment at Federal Court in New York October 11, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
The Saudi embassy is shown, on October 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The US alleges that Arbabsiar, a naturalised US citizen originally from Iran, is linked to the Quds Force, a faction of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
The United States on Tuesday accused Iran of sponsoring a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US in a conspiracy involving a secret Iranian military unit and a citizen of the Islamic Republic with a US passport
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
The Saudi embassy in Washington, DC. Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri were charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, in this case plastic explosives, to murder Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir and attack Saudi installations in the US in a plan hatched this year (Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
US attorney general Eric Holder (R), Preet Bharara, US attorney for the Southern District of New York (L), and FBI Director Robert Mueller (C) announce a plot was foiled involving men allegedly linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US and to bomb the embassies of Saudi Arabia in Washington at a news conference October 11, 2011 in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
Holder said the men charged with planning the plot were connected to the secretive Quds Force, a division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
The plotters also targeted Israel’s embassy in Washington, as well as the Argentina embassies of Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to a federal law enforcement official familiar with the matter (AFP/Getty Images)
Iran-linked plotters eyed Saudi installations in US
US attorney general Eric Holder said today that the US will hold Iran responsible for any terrorist actions tied to the plot, which he said was sponsored by the Iranian government. He called the conspiracy a 'flagrant' violation of international law (Getty Images)