Busy day, but I’ll put up a quick post on this:
FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today.
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.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in an announcement today that the plan was “conceived, sponsored and was directed from Iran” by a faction of the government and called it a “flagrant” violation of U.S. and international law.
This is developing very rapidly. I’m a bit skeptical since Iran has never done anything like this before. If they wanted to hit Israel or Saudi Arabia, they have Hezbollah for that. It’s not clear what exactly went on here — whether the Iranian leadership was involved or if this was a rogue Quds element. If the former, this could be construed as an act of war.
I suspect that this will be downplayed whether it was an official act or not. Our armed forces are spread to thin for a military response to Iran. But hang on to your hats.