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U.S. thwarts Saudi ambassador murder plot

2011-10-13

Queen’s University national security expert Christian Leuprecht is available to talk about U.S officials thwarting an alleged Iranian murder plot against the Saudi ambassador and plans to attack the Israeli and Saudi embassies.

“It's a rather curious story. If you're going to plot against the Israeli and Saudi embassies and the Saudi ambassador, why pick a place – the U.S. – where it's so difficult to do and where there's so much surveillance? Clearly, part of it has to do with suspect Manssor Arbabsiar being an U.S. citizen, and Iranian citizen Gholam Shakuri evidently seems to have been residing in the U.S. legally. But if you really wanted to go after the Israelis and Saudis and the Iranians were behind this, Washington would hardly be the place to do it (unless you were really hoping to send a message, both to Israel and Saudi Arabia, and to the Americans),” says Dr. Leuprecht, who teaches in the political studies department and is a fellow in the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy."

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