FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a "significant terrorist act in the United States" officials told ABC News today.
The plot was linked to Iran.
The officials said the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, was targeted, and subsequent bomb attacks were planned on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.
A possible aim of assassinating the Saudi ambassador is to damage U.S.–Saudi relations, which could create instability in the eastern part of the kingdom where a lot of oil resources exist.
The following are important points to consider:
1. The Iranian backed Hezbollah in Latin America is a serious threat to the U.S. security.
2. Border security must be on alert for the possibility that the Iranian intelligence smuggles a radioactive bomb via the U.S. Mexican border. This could result in smuggling a nuclear bomb inside the United States.
3. This situation should teach us that soft diplomatic approaches with Iran simply do not work. A more aggressive U.S. stance toward Iran is sorely needed.
4. The United States must be careful of the possibility that its tense relation with Pakistan may be used by the Iranians to get a nuclear weapon to the hands of Iranian backed jihadi groups.
5. Since we deal with an Islamist enemy with jihadi ideology it is in the interest of the United States and the free world to make sure, by all means, that the Pakistani nukes and biological weapons do not reach any Islamic jihadi group or country that supports jihad. This possibility can spark major disasters in the world.
The alleged plotter claimed he was directed by high-ranking Iranian officials.
The new case, called Operation Red Coalition, began in May when an Iranian-American from Corpus Christi, Texas, approached a DEA informant seeking the help of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, according to counterterrorism officials.
The Iranian-American thought he was dealing with a member of the feared Zetas Mexican drug organization, according to agents.
If the plot had not been discovered by U.S. intelligence and the assisination had succeeded, it is unlikely the Iranians would admit guilt and will blame the Americans for not protecting the diplomats, which could create friction between the United States and Saudi Arabia (which is what Iran wants).
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