October 11th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Assassination Plot: The Quds Connection

With reporting from Jamie Crawford, Charley Keyes, Jill Dougherty, Elise Labott and Gloria Borger

At the center of the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States is the alleged involvement of the Quds Force, the elite special operations unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.  The most militant wing the corps, Quds Force has reportedly carried out covert operations in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is accused of working with members of an arm of the IRGC in devising a murder-for-hire plot, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in the Southern District of New York and announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.  Arbabsiar is accused of "orchestrating the $1.5 million plot with Gholam Shakuri, an Iranian-based member of the (Quds) Force, and other Iranian co-conspirators," according to the complaint.

A reading of the complaint, along with public comments by officials, suggested that the U.S. government came to the conclusion that Quds Force was linked to the plot based on claims the defendant made to an informant.  But the question left unanswered is whether the alleged conspirators were free-lancing or got a nod of approval from senior officials in the regime.

The administration does not have "specific information" tying Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, to the plot, but specific information does link senior Quds Force officials, a senior administration official familiar with the case told CNN's Gloria Borger.  When pressed, senior administration officials would not link the plot to the highest levels of the Iranian government, Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin said Thursday.

A senior U.S. official told CNN's Elise Labott that given how compartmentalized Iran's leadership is, it was also unclear the extent to which the plot was known - or approved of - within the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad.

"It could be someone in the IRGC who was freelancing; it could be one stovepipe of the Quds force that felt they had the resources and the means to conduct something," the senior U.S. official said. "It's still unclear."

But the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who was briefed about the plot this summer, went further in accusing the Iranians of being behind the plot. 

"I have a high degree of confidence that this is an Iranian government-sanctioned event," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during an interview on "The Situation Room."

Rogers said an act as significant as "committing an act of terror on foreign soil" would likely need top-level approval.

"We need to be careful as this unfolds," Rogers said. "But again, as a former FBI agent myself, it's a little shocking to see at the level of the transaction, the amount of the money, the quickness of the decisions that were made in order for certain elements of this to fall into place - tells us that it is clearly tied to the highest levels of the Iranian government."

Rogers' Senate counterpart, Dianne Feinstein of California, agreed - cautiously: "I heard Chairman Rogers speaking on CNN as I was driving in from the airport," she told CNN Producer Ted Barrett.  "We do not know that it went up above the IRGC, but it would seem to me - and this is just surmising on my part - that before a country would go after an ambassador of another country, in a third country, that they would have the acceptance of the government. I just don't see how this could be done any other way."

"I think it could have gone above" the level of Quds Force, Feinstein said. "They're powerful, but I'm not sure that they're embodied to set up assassination targets of ambassadors all over the world. And if they are, we want to know that."

Feinstein said a briefing with FBI Director Bob Mueller will take place on Wednesday with all senators, and within the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Feinstein said the ramifications of high-level Iranian involvement in the plot would be "serious," and should be addressed at "the highest levels of our country, meaning the president, secretary of state, to really gather all the facts."

After the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on five individuals involved with the plot, the official who spoke to CNN's Borger said there is further intent in the administration to "target the IRGC as an organization."

The administration intends to "go to other countries and say this is a serious escalation of Iran's use of political violence," this source said. "Some may build on their sanctions; some could cut off relations with the IRGC."

In his statement Tuesday, Holder said the complaint "alleges that this conspiracy was conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran and constitutes a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law, including a convention that explicitly protects diplomats from being harmed.  In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot, the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions."

"Arbabsiar and Shakuri are charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, among other charges. Arbabsiar has been in custody since September 29, 2011, while Shakuri - based in Iran - remains at large.  According to the complaint, earlier this spring Arbabsiar met with a confidential informant from the Drug Enforcement Administration who was posing as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel.  The meeting, which took place in May in Mexico, was the first of a series that would result in an international conspiracy by elements of the Iranian government to pay the informant $1.5 million to murder the ambassador on U.S. soil, according to documents we filed today in court."

"The complaint also states that in the days since the defendant's arrest, he has confessed to his participation in the alleged plot as well as provided other valuable information about elements of the Iranian government's role in it."

"The organization that I reference in my warrant is a component of the Iranian government.  It was as we have alleged in the complaint, say that it was directed and approved by the senior members of the Quds Force and the Iranian military. High-up officials in those areas were responsible for this plot."

In announcing the plot at the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder explained the link between the two people charged and the Iranian government. Holder's comments, and information from the complaint released by the Justice Department are included here -

"The Department of Justice is announcing charges against two people who allegedly attempted to carry out a deadly plot that was directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign ambassador here in the United States."

"Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport and was arrested last month in New York, is accused of working with members of an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to devise an international murder-for-hire scheme targeting the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States. According to the complaint filed today in the Southern District of New York, Arbabsiar is alleged to have orchestrated a $1.5 million assassination plot with Gholam Shakuri, an Iranian-based member of the Qods Force, and other Iranian co-conspirators."

"The Qods Force is a unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It is also suspected of sponsoring attacks against the Coalition Forces in Iraq and was designated by the Department of Treasury in 2007 for providing material support to the Talban and other terrorist organizations."

"The complaint alleges that this conspiracy was conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran and constitutes a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law, including a convention that explicitly protects diplomats from being harmed. In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot, the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions."

"Arbabsiar and Shakuri are charged with conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, among other charges. Arbabsiar has been in custody since September 29, 2011, while Shakuri – based in Iran – remains at large. According to the complaint, earlier this spring Arbabsiar met with a confidential informant from the Drug Enforcement Administration who was posing as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel. The meeting, which took place in May in Mexico, was the first of a series that would result in an international conspiracy by elements of the Iranian government to pay the informant $1.5 million to murder the Ambassador on U.S. soil, according to documents we filed today in court."

"The complaint also states that in the days since the defendant's arrest, he has confessed to his participation in the alleged plot as well as provided other valuable information about elements of the Iranian government's role in it."

"The organization that I reference in my warrant is a component of the Iranian government. It was as we have alleged in the complaint, say that it was directed and approved by the senior members of the Quds Force and the Iranian military. High-up officials in those areas were responsible for this plot."

The legal document, the criminal complaint, released by the Justice Department spells out several direct links between the man held by U.S. authorities and Iran. They include:

+ The defendant, Manssor Arbabsiar, is a naturalized citizen of the U.S. who holds both a U.S. and Iranian passport.

+His co-conspirators were based in Iran… including Gholam Shakuri, identified in the complaint as a member of the Qods Force. The complaint says Shakuri and other Iran-based co-conspirators were aware of and approved the plan.

+ Arbabsiar told the informant of his relatives' connections in Iran. "Arbabsiar explained that his cousin was 'wanted in America,' had been 'on the CNN, ' and was a 'big general in (the) army.'" Arbabsiar futher explained that there were a number of parts to the army of Iran and that his cousin "works in outside, in other countries for the Iranian government." He said his cousin did not wear a uniform of carry a gun and had taken "unspecified actions related to a bombing in Iraq." As the agent filing the complaint said, "I understand Arbabsier to be saying that his cousin works for the military of Iran, in particular, for the Qods Force and that his cousin focuses on matters outside of Iran."

+ The complaint gives a history of the Qods force, pointing out its history of aiding terrorism internationnnally and assisting the Taliban. "The IRGC (the Iranian Islamic Revolutional Guard Corps) is an arm of the Iranian military, the IRGC is suspected of having been involved in a number of foreign operations; the IRGC is composed of a number of branches, one of which is the Qods Force. The Qods Force conducts sensitive covert operations abroad, including terrorist attacks, assassinations and kidnappings and provides weapons and training to Iran's terrorist and militant allies. Among many other things, the Qods Force is believed to sponsor attacks against Coalition Forces in Iraq."

+ The complaint says that when Arbabsiar was arrested he had both US and Iranian currently and a travel itinerary showing a flight departing Mexico in October "with an ultimate destination of Tehran, Iran."

+ Arbabsiar said, according to the complaint, that he had been approached by his cousin -identified at Iranian Official #1 – "a high ranking member of the Qods Force," and "Iranian Official #1 told Arbabsiar that he wanted Arbabsiar to hire someone who could kidnap the Saudi Aramabian Ambassador to the United States…"

+ And the complaint alleges that Arbabsiar claims to have also met with another "high-ranking members of the Qods Force" Iranian Official #2

+ The complaint said that Arbabsiar was shown a photo-line up of seven people, including two men known to the United
States to be senior members of the Qods Force, photos that according to the complaint are not publickly available. …"Arbabsiar identified one of these photographs as depicting Iranian official #2. The person depicted in the photograph that Arbabsiar identified is known to the United States to have used the alias by which Arbabsiar knew Iranian official #2.

+ And after his arrest federal agents listened in on and recorded a call between Arbabsiar to an Iranian phone number to talk to Gholam Shakuri, urging him to stay well.

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  8. Joseph

    If the Mexicans were also involved, WHY ISN'T HOLDER GOING AFTER THEM?? Why blame only Iran??

    October 16, 2011 at 2:05 am | Reply
  9. johnnyanybody

    STOP STOP STOP! PLEASE EVERYONE JUST CALM DOWN! Honestly here is the truth about why this plot seems to be a bad made up cover story by the US, Mossad, both or Eric Holder and Obama for whatever reason; people who know the world of international black ops agencies, know that this is not any way Quds Force, if the Iranians really wanted this non sigifigent Saudi national dead, then he would be dead and there wouldn't be a sherd of evidence pointing or leading to Iran.

    They the Quds or Savama would not use a dizzy Jerry Lewis of a used car salesman or plot and contract Mexican drug cartels to then blow up restaurant killing this noon significant Saudi and killing scores of Americans along with him,LOL i mean come on, its laughable!

    And to gain what? There is nothing to be gained by Iran in this so called plot! Something definitely doesn't smell rite about any of this.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
  10. jason

    For this guy to be the 007 of Quds force - it is simply laughable!

    The same type of folks (politicians, people, media, etc.) that promoted WMD-Yellowcake-from-Niger, that promoted the Kuwaiti ambassador's daughter I-was-a-pediatric-nurse-in-kuwait, etc. etc., are the same folks that are promoting this one.

    Same type of politicians, same type of people, same media outlets – no surprise!

    You want some sanity – ask the real experts that are rarely asked to appear in media. Even Juan Cole does not believe this, Jeffery Toobin has problems with it, Bauer, the former intelligence agent, Mann the former US negotiator with Iran... and more.

    We can expect the media to feed us whatever junk food we desire – but we don't have to eat it!

    October 13, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  11. Nancy

    "Another example of dual passport?" What the hell does that supposed to mean you RACISTS lunatic?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
  12. Anderson Clayton

    2012 election...

    Obama to CIA: What is the situation?
    Dear Leader, reelection prospects LOOK BAD!
    What can be done?

    Well Iraq – DONE
    Afghanistan – Not quite but, lets say done

    Libya – Under way
    Paquistan, well, nuclear armed, forget it!
    North Korea, forget it, nuclear armed...

    Obama to CIA: What about an operation to kill Bin Ladem?
    Mr. President, we have done that remember?

    Obama: Ok, Can't we kill someone else?
    Who is next in line?

    Dear Leader, the next in line is IRAN!!!

    Obama to CIA/FBI: OK, full force on IRAN!
    I need VOTES, a LOT of votes!

    Don't miss, CIA Operation DESERT BALOT!

    LOL, this is a ALL a BIG BIG JOKE!

    The United States of America LOST its sence of RIDICULOUS

    October 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  13. alfred

    what kind of weapon did they have? a weapon of mass destruction is chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear. i dont know why this question isnt being asked but itt doesnt seem like they were intending to use a wmd

    October 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  14. Melinda


    What the Iran-Hezbollah Islamofascistic entity has been contributing to humanity, since the Islamic Revolution.

    Religious apartheid and ethnic apartheid:
    Since the revolution, a total Islamic oppression has been in place, yet, there was always a "special" place for oppression on non-Muslims [such as: Christians, Zoroastrians, Bahai, etc.], racism on non-Ethnic Iranians like; Kurds, Turkmen, Arabs, etc.

    – Hijacking Americans for 144 days in 1979.

    – Bombing US and French barracks in 1983, causing massive deaths.

    – Multiple kidnapping and torturing of Westerners in the 1980s, overseen by its "spiritual" cleric Fadlallah.

    – Bombing shopping malls in France 1985-6

    – Torturing Lebanese Jews in the 1980s.

    – Bombing Israeli embassy in Argentina 1992

    – Massacre of many civilians at the AMIA building Argentina, 1994

    – Deadly bombing of Panamanian Airliner in 1994,

    – Aiding the Islamic-Arab hijackers of the 911 attack who butchered 3,000 people.

    – In 2005, Islamic-Hitler Ahmadinejad "denies" the Holocaust (of the 6,000,000 [including 1,5 Million children] innocent Jewish victims of the Nazi era for the sole senseless "reason" of belonging to the Hebrews).
    He was widely termed a new 'Hitler,' such as: by Germany's chancellor Merkel, Italy's PM Berlusconi, Israel's PM Olmert, US officials and some Arab officials.

    – Iran calls for genocide, for Israel to be 'wiped off' – 1994 [by Iranian ambassador in Argentina], 2005, 2007 [by Ahmadinejad, who also called for death to the US and the UK].

    – 2011 plot to assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US, by attempting to hire Mexican cartel, planting a bomb in a DC restaurant that would kill hundreds.

    Its Hezbollah:
    – Has been targeting civilian Israelis since its inception.

    – Involved in causing many deaths in Iraq.

    – Involved in causing bloodshed in Afghanistan.

    – Aiding the bloody Islamists' atrocities in Somalia.

    – Persecuting Christians in Lebanon.

    – Using Christians as human shields in its 2006 anti-Israel attacks.

    – Plotting to attack Egypt in 2009.

    – Plotting to attack Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan in 2009.

    – Attempting to found a jihad terror network along US-Mexican border in 2010.

    – Plotting against Bahrain in 2011 and inciting from within, in a long time effort to capture the country.

    – Invented the despicable "conspiracy theory" two days after the 911 attack. Reiterated by Ahnmadinejad in 2010 and in 2011, despite al-Qaeda's own protests on both occasions...

    October 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      Hey "Nancy",
      Can you make a list of the US's actions since 1979 also?
      Shooting down an Iranian civilian airliner?
      Supplying chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein, who used them against civilians and Iranians?
      Supporting the brutal king of Saudi Arabia, who doesn't even let women vote?
      Supporting Pakistan, which exports terror to Afghanistan and India?
      Overthrowing God knows how many governments all over the world?
      Killing over 100,000 civilians in the invasion of Iraq?

      I could go on, but my hands are getting tired from all the typing.

      October 16, 2011 at 2:01 am | Reply
      • Thommy

        How can anyone blame non-Muslims for the Muslim on Muslim crimes in: Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan? Isn't it true that most casualties in Iraq (for instance) are either inter Sunni-Shiite rivalry (AKA bigotry), or Iran’s Hezbollah global-butchers-thugs-network (pushing bloodshed in Iraq/Lebanon/Somalia/Afghanistan), or by Islamists using civilians like: the Taliban (just like the fake "victims" who are called "Palestinians" always do) to bring about self destruction.
        Allah Akbar!

        October 19, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  15. Iranian

    I am an Iranian, you do not know how savage are Iran's authorities. they executed 12000 prisoners in 1988 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1988_executions_of_Iranian_political_prisoners) and many other because of being just a political opponent. I have been in revolutionary guard for some period and have been in touch with them. They are really supporting Syria's dicatotor to kill civilians. I do believe in this terror plot.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Nancy

      Before the rest of the conspiracy nuts get started on you, I would like to thank you for weighing in here with your opinion. It is well-known by most sane people that the Iranian government is quite capable and willing to pull something like this to drive a stake through the US support of the Saudis. In fact, I could easily imagine them counting on the conspiracy nuts in this country to point fingers at Israel as well.

      I, too, believe this was an Iranian backed plot, and those that are hollering about our government's lies and subterfuge need to take off the tin foil hats and start recycling all that valuable metal!

      October 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • Joseph

        You are a loony, "Nancy".

        Let me get this straight: Iran kills Saudi Ambassador to US ... and that is supposed to drive a "stake through the heart of US support of Saudi Arabia" ?

        Answer this question, you nitwit: WHAT WERE THE NATIONALITIES OF THE 9/11 HIJACKERS ? Hint: 15 of them were Saudis! Why are we supporting Saudi Arabia, again???

        October 16, 2011 at 2:04 am |
      • Nancy

        They were also SHI'ITES... HELLOOOO? Did we not learn that the majority in Saudi Arabia are SUNNI? Did we not absorb the fact that the perpetrators of 9/11 were Shi'ite TERRORISTS? How on earth does it make me a loon to realize that the hijackers who perpetrated those horrible deeds were NOT your average run-of-the-mill Saudi?

        *sigh* Oh, that's right, because 15 men were originally from Saudi Arabia, that makes the ENTIRE COUNTRY our sworn enemy. You nutjobs are all alike... hate, hate, hate... kill, kill, kill. "The only good A-rab is a dead 'un, " isn't that right, BillyBob (Joseph)?

        Rid yourself of your prejudices first, then set out to prove I'm some sort of loon, 'k?

        PS – My name is Nancy, NOT Melinda... that's who you responded to in a previous comment. Do please try to respond appropriately with your next diatribe, would you? 😉

        October 16, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  16. matthew

    Quds Forces are equivalent to the special forces of US military in terminology at least, BUT pay attention how many times Candy Crowley in her video report uses the phrase “Al-Quds" as if to say they are equivalent of “Al-Qaida”. You cannot find the name Al-Quds anywhere since they are known in Iran as the Quds Forces only and not “Al-Quds” since they do not speak Arabic in Iran hence they don't use "Al" which is "The" in Arabic. Or how a Saudi ambassador to the US is well liked (I am surprise Candy Crowley didn't say "the Saudi Ambassador is the reincarnation of the Christ in this country") this is pure propaganda for something else.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  17. citizen for peace

    CNN, your coverage of this issue and the way you have believed Eric Holder lies are just disgusting.
    I am shocked that you bought this pack of lies coming from Eric Holder and Hilary. Did you already forget the Iraq WMD lies? So how are you believing the American govt. now on Iran? The Bush administration said continuous lies about Iraq WMDs and they dragged us into the bloodshed and a crazy long war in that country; all based on lies. So how do you want to believe what they have to say about Iran? We want peace and not war mongering and bloodshed. This has been the most disgusting piece of news you have published CNN...you are making a fool out of yourseld

    October 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • jm

      Hey Idiot, citizen for piece, George Bush and Barack Obama are two different people and two different party affiliations, are you really that dumb?

      October 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
  18. claudio nassralah

    The U.S. does not get tired of lying?
    Even when they take orders from Israel?
    No more wars!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
  19. Pars

    the bigger the lie is , the bigger amount of people who believe ... but this time NO !!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  20. German Law Student

    When I heared the first news about this...how an iranian businessman and mexican drug business people were involved in the plan, i thought of a new bad hollywood action story.

    To me and most other people here in Germany, the story sounds ridiculous.
    I wonder, when Iran is going to be attacked...and will it be american troups or saudi arabian troups...? Of course this story needed to involve saudi arabians...1st, No other country except for maybe Israel would accept the story ...lets call it plot...and 2nd, no other country would welcome another war...and 3rd. The saudis CAN AFFORD a war...the US can't...

    October 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • unretired05

      The German vilification of Jews and attack of Poland was just as far fetched in 1930.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
  21. oil

    Always for Oil cool

    October 12, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
  22. lieke

    We in europe believe that this locus of focus is ment to start a war against iran. The last and most horrific war the luciferian cabal intents to start.
    just like 9/11 this story is fake!! a Hoax to let us, the people now that those people dont give a damm about us!!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Francisco Battle

      Law Keeppers; in global are undermaining the globe economy. from the begining; And you know where it started, before Christ. They know how to play the law game and they fix it a nd break it any way they want. I would not be suprise that this terrorist are lawyers and they are organized all over the world, especially UUSA Canada and Urope. They are tranfering the whelty to them self. We are going back to Poncious Pillatous

      October 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  23. Jango

    Remember when Mossad killed a Palestinian in UAE some time ago? No one talked about it in the same way they are talking now about "how deal with Iran". This is a fake, obvious created attempt to make another silly war. Totally biased.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
  24. Dug

    This woman is horrible, what she says is always LIE !! her words are racist and always against iran!! why she doesn't say about the nationality of all the terrorists that they know !!!?!?!? where were Binladen from ?! where were the others ?!??! weren't they all from Saudi arabia ?!?!

    October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
  25. NJ

    We've been messing with them for the last 60 years, we put Osama Bin Laden on a hit list, and we've been meddling in a few other Mid-East countries since the 50's as well. I always laugh whenever some idiot fellow American asks, "Why do they all hate us?"

    October 12, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
  26. Dug

    What a story , they have ruined iran 25 years ego and now they are looking for another war to test their Biological guns AGAIN against Iran !! in 2001 binladen who was a "SAUDI_ARABIAN" attacked and killd tausends of people and they attacked Afganistan without saying word about Saudi-Arabia !!

    October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
  27. raika45

    So America stopped a plot.Now America must hand it over to the Saudis since it involves their personal.Let's see how Saudi Arabia reacts.All the while they have been minting oil money.Now let us see how they react.America has it's own problems.You do not have to do others dirty work.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  28. DaveG

    Today, the news in Florida is all about our governor Rick Scott, who has no use for liberal arts degrees (such as, say, journalism). Judging by the proofreading in this article, I can see CNN agrees with him.

    (Who in god's name spells publicly with a K ?)

    (CNN does)

    (I also assume the 'publicar' button is actually the 'POST' button – I thought CNN was an American company – y'know, english speaking? I never set my language preferences...)

    October 12, 2011 at 10:10 am | Reply
  29. Girt

    Who cares about Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., anyway?
    Have you ever asked yourself???
    This scenario is like a Hollywood movie! Remembers me the movie 'Unknown'

    Everybody is looking for evidence that there is going to be a confrontation with Iran. Everybody is jumping on this as a sign of conflict to come. But there are many questions here that need to be answered.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:09 am | Reply
  30. Ziad

    Another fairytale story to move attention from own internal problems ,or maybe an excuse to put boots on the ground in Mexico ....... scary .......

    October 12, 2011 at 9:49 am | Reply
  31. Confused

    19 Saudis crashed planes in the USA was not act of war. One Iranian-America plots and that is Act Of War?
    Lets wait and see how things unfold before WAR Talk

    October 12, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
  32. PaulS

    I guess this story is only for american public. Using the same logic as in the article because Manssor Arbabsiar is a naturalized U.S. citizen, I could asume that USA and Iran worked toghether to kill the ambasador. Also Anwar al-Awlaki was american :)) and that shows clearly (using the same logic) that USA is behinf Al-qaide. Anyway... funny story.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • Confused

      Good One!

      October 12, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
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  34. Thomas

    This NEWS is a J O K E ..... Bunch of liers these Americans

    October 12, 2011 at 9:22 am | Reply
  35. Herensugue

    This was clearly an attempt to worsen the relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Some kind of "The sum of all fears" scene that didn't work out so well for Iran...

    October 12, 2011 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • Pro Westerner

      Excellent Analogy!

      October 12, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • Girt

      Have you ever asked yourself why should Iran take the risk to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.?

      Who cares about Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Ali Jaber, anyway?
      He’s not a royal. He’s probably not the main interlocutor between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Many other targets would serve Iranian interests better.

      This is just a scenario for 'Act of War' in a new country like Iran.
      Obama needs this war for his next year's election!

      October 12, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • wakeywakey

      I ask you. What flavor Cam Juice have you been drinking? I'm a 50 something year old native born U.S. citizen, who has watched our own government officials lie to us over and over again. You can't believe what they say, without verification and this so called Iranian connection makes absolutely no sense. There would be no way for the present Iranian regime to gain from this. If you're thinking they're trying to motivate U.S. haters well, they'll have to claim this action to do that and we both know they'll never do that, not to mention U.S. haters need no further motivation to hate us. If you're thinking they could damage the Saudi leadership by killing a diplomatic figure head?, why that's just silly. And what reason would Israel be involve in this plan?, because they and the Saudis are on the same page?, don't make me laugh. More likely to give the Israelis cover for when they commit an unprovoked attack against Iran. If you believe they're trying to bring about dis-trust between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia well, if we don't already dis-trust them, we should. It was 90% Saudis that bombed us on 9/11, was it not?

      October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  36. Pro Westerner

    The rats are starting to come out of the word work... the middle east is crumbling before our eyes and the dictators and socialist regimes of the world are getting very nervous!! They (china, syria, north korea and iran (left uncapitalized because of their insignificance)) are starting to show their true colors and to what extent they will act to hold on to their "power".. you will see more and more of this in the coming days, weeks and months.... hold on – the stupid and foolish are going to play their hand and be shown for what they really are.....

    on another note (but – the same song) I find it extremely funny at the number of asian (most likely chinese (left uncapitalized on purpose)) individuals who leave anti – or somewhat anti US posts here... The thing they need to remember is – that no matter how many English courses they take – they still do not know how truly communicate in English – and no matter how hard they try to hide it and sound western – they are extremely easy to pick out... your propaganda isnt actually working how you think it is – again – you don't understand the west as well as you think you do..

    I also find extremely disturbing at the number of stories cnn runs that are pro china (again left uncapitalized on purpose).. I guess – instead of the Cable News Network – cnn is becoming the chinese news network....

    just a few thoughts...

    October 12, 2011 at 8:57 am | Reply
  37. Vlado

    What is she talking about, what attacks have been launched from Syria??? This is nonsense, this is pre directed news, not even news, this is opinion making in real time, shame on you.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • Orientalist

      Go talk to some military intel guys, or heck, I've even talked with grunts, who were in Iraq and they'll be able to tell you about Syrian snipers coming across the border and encountering people who received training in Syria. With the number of bombings that have taken place in Iraq and that Syria has been a safe place for Iran to operate out of (and it makes more sense for them to have been operating on two fronts rather than from only their own border) it really isn't hard to believe at all that some of them were likely planned from Syria. Iran has funded Shi'a militants for decades and Syria is the only other Shi'a government in the region for them to operate with.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  38. Sandra Lee Smith

    Who can trust what American officials say these days. They are known liars. Just like the Iraq WMD lies.
    The Zionists just want to pit one nation against another to cause trouble. Anywy as far as the Saudis are concerned they should get rid of the King and all the other hanger ons.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Rayan

      I knew that if I scrolled down to the comments I would see unbridled idiocy running rampant line after line... of course the first comment did not disappoint me. US officials are proven liars? groan... the proven liars are deluded nations that run on lies and propaganda like Iran. The US government have been proven HONEST, actually, if you were paying attention. The biggest untold story of the WikiLeaks cables dump was that, by and large, overwhelmingly, the classified documents revealed proved over and over again that the USA actually DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT IS DOING. Amazing, considering how the underhanded and scheming the rest of the world is. The USA has been working to build nations, improve regional and international stability, go after real bad guys, etc. The Bush administration overplayed its hand on the WMD things, and was wrong to trust shabby intelligence. Get over it. The US is still the most responsible and honest superpower in the history of the world, and American media still among the most trustworthy and free (yes, Fox does bring down the average).

      October 12, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
      • Russh

        Maybe your a democrat, I do not know. I used to be republican and now I am in between. Maybe we need a third party. Demos/Rep's act like children. Out for themselves and not our country. I believe all the media go after stories before they are confirmed just to try to be first. I would rather have a news channel check everything out first before printing. Have a nice day Rayan, I just I got off the subject a little bit

        October 12, 2011 at 10:16 am |
      • JamesBond

        Go back to sleep please!! You're still dreaming....zzzz

        October 12, 2011 at 10:32 am |
      • Pars

        u better know that : neither Iran nor America ....

        October 12, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  39. hilal

    Iran is a terrorist and criminal security threats in the world Alasagrar

    October 12, 2011 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • dave

      o really ?! wich country was exporting terrorist to all over the world ?! werent binladen and their group from Saudi Arabia who just hide in Afganistan ?!?!

      October 12, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
  40. Arab

    People who know the region would understand that Iran & Saudi are at proxy war in both Bahrain & Syria.
    Saudi: Pro Bahrain monarchy and against Shiite uprising, yet they are against Syrian government and support Syrian uprising.
    Iran: Behind Bahrain Shi'ite uprising, gainst Syrians (Sunnis, Kurd, Christians) uprising.

    If Iran loses Syria, they will lose everything in the middle east; hence, they are extremely upset with Saudi.

    Not surprised that they will attempt anything to stop this.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:11 am | Reply
  41. Davis Bradley

    more disinformation fed to CNN and they just eat it up. It is very disturbing to see the huge amount of psychological operations "news" making it's way into the U.S. mainstream media. We just don't buy it anymore.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:08 am | Reply
  42. O

    Anyone who believes this story is a fool.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:53 am | Reply
  43. greencook

    Iran is a nasty country run by nasty people, but something seems odd about this story. Nothing will get Russia or China to do the moral thing when oil or trade is involved.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:22 am | Reply
    • greg

      the same old story again to star war against another country. we've heard it all before. yeah we know it all
      USA lives by war only.

      October 12, 2011 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Iranian government is nasty, not their people, I have been there ans saw it myself

      October 12, 2011 at 7:56 am | Reply
  44. Nancy

    Who WROTE this?? Srsly, people? Really??

    "The most militant wing [OF] the corps, Quds Force has reportedly carried out covert operations in countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq."

    "I have a high degree of confidence that this is an Iranian government-sanctioned event," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during an interview on "The Situation Room." – Not that I WANT to claim him, but Mike Rogers represents Michigan, NOT Alabama.

    "It was as we have alleged in the complaint, say that it was directed and approved by the senior members of the Quds Force and the Iranian military. High-up officials in those areas were responsible for this plot." – What the HECK does this even MEAN??

    Dear, dear CNN, PLEASE for the love of my brain cells, PROOFREAD!! 🙁

    October 12, 2011 at 1:45 am | Reply
    • Antsache

      Well on that last one, it's a direct quote – any confusion as to its meaning isn't CNN's fault, but that of the original speaker. You'd hope they'd choose a better passage to print here, but it could be that none was available.

      October 12, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply
  45. GalacticCannibal

    Yet another fear mongering propaganda spiel from Washington to keep the masses confused , or miss-informed,and get ready we will attack Iran before they attack the US . Just like Iraq did not attack the US but we did attack IRAQ... Pathetic control of masses in the so called land of the free.
    In the 9/11 attack 15 of the attackers were Saudi's , none were Iranians ,none were Iraqi's

    October 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  46. Hiruu

    This sound like a fantasy to me...

    October 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  47. Cassandra Chu

    this was probably set up by Mossad– the war-Mongering Israeli intelligence group... possibly the same 9/11 perpetrators.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • Eitan

      Are you serious ??? Do you really believe that ??? its amazing how stupid and primitive some people are... quite pathetic actually... good luck with your life !

      October 12, 2011 at 6:12 am | Reply
      • sinbad

        I agree Eitan if MOSSAD was behind this they would have come up with a much more believable story.
        This is such a crazy story it has to be American.

        October 12, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • JamesBond

        Good luck to you sir!! It's been a while now and yet you still can't see it. Go back to sleep then!!

        October 12, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • wakeywakey

        Although I donot believe Mosad was behind this, or 9/11, it is an enigmatic and dangerous gang. Not completely unlike the Iranian national guard. They are lead by extremists and religous zealots, that's going to game the U.S. into another mid-east war, for Israel's domination goals only. I really don't care what they do over there, but I do care about U.S. young men and women dying for that small little strip of dirt. The U.S. is no longer going broke, we are broke and please listen up. "THE IRANIANS ALREADY HAVE SERVICABLE NUCLEAR WEAPONS". If Israel attacks them, they are going to attack Israel and we can't stop them. If Israel use nukes, they are going to use nukes and we can't stop them in time to save Israel. It just a matter of land mass. Iran is almost the size of Cali., Texas and Alaska combined. Israel on the other hand, is not much bigger than Rhode Island. Please, do the math!!!!!

        October 12, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Tareq

      Agreed, given their proven long history of instigating proxy wars

      October 12, 2011 at 7:16 am | Reply
  48. hawaiiduude

    it's a no brainer..all fabricated lies by israeli mossad.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • Eitan

      Another moron...

      October 12, 2011 at 6:13 am | Reply
  49. Nyarlathotep

    Guess where's next on Obama's "to invade" list?

    October 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  50. Blessed Geek

    The Al Quds is under the control of Ahmadinejad.

    Are you sure Ahmadinejad is a Shiite, or even a Muslim? He indeed may be a Shiite, but deep at heart he is a Cyrus-revivalist. The Cyrus-Revivalist movement is silent and salient among Iranians and Afghans of Persian ethnicity. Even among the Iranian Reformers.

    Ahmad has married the Cyrus-Revivalist movement with the Shiite Doomsday cult – a cult discouraged or even banned by Ayatollah Khomeini. The Shiite Doomsday cult believes that the Mahdi and Jesus will not return unless the world is in chaos and therefore, to induce the Mahdi and Jesus to return, chaos must be induced worldwide.

    Ahmadinejad appears to exhibit the belief that he is the only one fit to tie/untie the shoelaces of the awaited Mahdi. Perhaps, he might have once believed that he is the Mahdi and more so the reincarnation of Cyrus the Great – the time when Persian influence and empire stretched from western China to Europe.

    How can it not be that the great revived Persian Empire possesses Nuclear destructive capability. Ahmadinejad;s mixing Islam with a glorious paganistic past is not unlike American Christian Evangelicals injecting the idolatry of Capitalism and greed as an essential part of the gospel of Jesus.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • Nyarlathotep

      I was with you on this Religion Sucks tear until you started ragging on the free market. Occupy my teabag!

      October 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Reply
      • Blessed Geek

        Free-market is an efficient medium of economic and human activity but not at all sacred enough to override the message that Christians believe in.

        Free-market should not be solely an efficient medium of human activity, it should also be an efficient medium of sustenance for the ecology and human rights of the planet. Free-market should also be an efficient medium of compassion for fellow humans, fellow-animals and trees of the planet. At this moment the Capitalism we are seeing in the world does not promote free-market at all. NOT AT ALL.

        October 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  51. merlin

    We should prosecute and leave the rest alone. Iran is having internal power struggles of its own, leading me to believe it may self-destruct in a few years. We're ready to stick a fork in the Middle East War Department and call it done. Any more serious threats from there may be dealt with via missile; not soldiers. We need to utilize our troops to secure our own borders.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  52. Teepeeformybunghole

    troll pee

    October 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  53. jimmymax

    Does anyone proofread this bilge? It's full of errors. ("Publicar" at the bottom of this page? Is the US officially a Spanish colony now?)

    October 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • Juan

      Not yet Jimmy, just wait twenty years more, at the rate we are growing, chances are your grandchildren will be bilingual..............jaja


      October 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  54. trex

    ......Quds.......................we'd like you meet ............Team 6. Vegas says you're getting 49 points................enjoy............

    October 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  55. Pacman

    Nothing new here folks, just move along.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  56. SoundsFamiliar

    Poland Germany, 1939?

    Those crazy poles started it all. Germany had to attack, to defend themselves.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • Make my day!

      Sure and Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck invaded France, right?!

      October 12, 2011 at 6:07 am | Reply
  57. Kerry

    Good example of why we don't need any more Islamic naturalized citizens,,,,,,they have to be monitored the rest of their lives. We can't just hope they behave themselves.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • GJGVT

      better monitor the japanese, germans, italians, spanish, russians, chinese, heck, ANY ONE we fought a war against or might in the future... never know

      October 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Reply
      • raptor57

        you are with out a doubt a complete fool

        October 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  58. JebusSaves

    It's understandable why Iran would want to assassinate a Saudi ambassador. A few years ago when oil prices dropped and I was seeing gas for $1.50 a gallon, Iran petitioned OPEC to cut production so that prices would rise because oil is a major source of income for them. Saudi Arabia basically said at that point that if their customers needed oil, they were going to produce it. Interestingly enough, Iran's puppet terrorists in Palestine and Lebanon (Hamas and Hezbollah) started a war with Israel that threw the region in turmoil and drove oil prices up. Coincidence? Doubtful.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Dirtdan

      Let's not also forget that Iran has a vested interest in Bahrain.... This plot doesn't surprise me at all.....

      October 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  59. JebusSaves

    I would SO love to have a job proofreading articles for CNN. I would never run out of work.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  60. Big Oil

    The problem with Iran is that despite they seem like decent people, they're walking around all day on top of our oil. How dare they.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Yes we need a humanitarian mission to free them (from their oil)

      October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • trex

      considering your name, tell us,...........just how much oil Iran shipped out of that miserable location in 2010?

      October 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • trex

        yea, I understand you dont have a clue. Lets just say Iran exported about 2.5% of all the oil in 2010.

        October 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  61. Armchair General

    I predict we will be at war with Iran within the next 10 years. It will be a proxy war started by a false flag event and the US will use the Iraqi, Afgan, and Pakistan military to fight it with the US providing "support" to our new "allies".

    October 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • raptor57

      war within 10 years ....agreed, but i think it will be the civilized world against islam. all out wwIII

      October 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • sinbad

      Any war with Iran will have to be soon, they will have nukes within 10 years and then the US would not risk an invasion, which is of course why Iran is developing nukes, to stop a US invasion.

      I would say that the invasion will be September or October next year so Obama can get a second term.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Cunnerman

      I agree. Al-queda provided the United States with an historic opportunity to interject military and diplomaticl arts into the Middle East which have strategically and tactically "boxed in" the Iranian nation.
      It might seem like Desert One was a long time ago- but Uncle Sam never forgets.
      There will be no war with Iran because she will have no borders to fight across without the fearful consequences of American stand-off capabilities.
      This particular event does, however, seem a bit over the top.

      October 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  62. sharky

    The Quds Force operates all over the world and they are very good at what they do, which is not surprising since they were trained by US Army Special Forces (Green Berets).

    October 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • IronV

      Absolute hogwash. The Revoltionary Guards didn't even exist until 1980. So when, in the last 30 years, did the Green Berets "train" the Quds force?

      October 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • idiot

      seriously? where did you learn history?

      October 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • raptor57

      an other idiot

      October 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • William

      You have zero Idea what you are talking about let me guess your some self proclaimed libertarian "patriot". For all my years in from1976 to 2007 I heard you know nothings tell me all about Iran. Of course all I had to rely on were two full deployments and seven OCO's (Oversea Contingency Operations) were I dealt with Savak , Savama and Quds as each came along. Bottom line is Irans external operations were denuded of the late Shaws personel by 1979 four years after I started my career. So freekin try again!

      October 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  63. United States of Israel

    Great, that is what we need to do stick our necks way out there and take on Iran. The Israeli's have pushed for us to eliminate this problem for years and since it would otherwise appear to be slow times coming for DoD contractors, we might as well crank up the war machine again.....

    October 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Please rephrase to take "out" Iran ...

      October 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • MAKO 10

      The truth is the Military has been on the drawing boards since 2004, planning an air-strike bombardment on Iran's Nuclear facilities and other key targets, but admitted they first had to pull out of Iraq to make it happen. Two more US Navy Carrier strike groups placed strategically in the Persian Gulf, also needed. Let's closely watch over the next couple years if Washington will pull the trigger. Should be very interesting/scary.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • William

      Arn't you late for your NAZI party meating there Adolf!

      October 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  64. moe


    October 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • bostontola

      Did Larry and Curley tell you that?

      October 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Fine. We've owed them a good, bloody war since 1979 ...

      October 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Oh Noes!

      Get a grip, the US isn't attacking Iran over something like this.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        I would not be too sure about that. Maybe just by itself you have a point, but this will be combined or extrapolated into something larger. Remember Iraq and all the WMDs that were just a button away from launch into the US? This risks being turned into a some larger scandal that all of sudden requires military intervention.

        October 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • michael

      your a m o r o n

      October 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • truefaxr


        October 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  65. Rafael A Brazilian

    Some heads will be cut in Iran, because this terrorist plan has failed and now, more then ever, they are in a complicated situation. As a Brazilian, I have to say: poor iranian people, their rullers are always involved in bad things what can be very dangerous, because bombs can fallen from the iranian skies...

    October 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  66. gerr

    It has been my understanding that theQud is under the direct control of Iran's religious leaders who use it to control their own people.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  67. MAKO 10

    The Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Just like our Special Forces report directly to Obama. As a US Army SFO I would like to say, bring it on. We have been waiting for the word Obama. Grow a set!

    October 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • gerr

      Seems to be none of U.S. business. This has beeen a challenge to Suadi's integrity. The have the military arsenal to take care of it and stand up for themselve in their region. Bush/Cheyneey warmongering will bring trouble in this country. U.S. has had enough. Even a dumb $170,000.00 grossly over paid congressman should understand that.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • Oh Noes!

        you give a congressman to much credit.

        October 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • Tom

        If high levels of Iranian gov tried to finance an assassination bombing of the Saudi ambassador, on American soil, in Washington DC, with no regards to large collateral damage, then very much "our business" (US) and can't let this go unanswered.

        October 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • sinbad

        I think this is more about getting the Saudis to pay for a US invasion. The US wants to invade Iran before they get a nuclear deterrent but the US is broke. Remember that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia paid for the first gulf war and the Saudis can afford it.

        October 12, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  68. chizzlin sam

    wasnt it boosh who cut the deal to let this qud free in a prisoner exchange?
    boosh, the cowards cheney and rumsfeld should be detained by obama, sent to guantanamo and investigated for financial crimes and war crimes.....the farther we get from the event, the more evidence is covered up...
    the worst regime the u.s. has ever seen....buncha silver spoon cia imperialist crap....

    October 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  69. larry simpson

    I totally agree with David. Logistics are everything when starting a war, and we now have several avenues to attack Iran from.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Not to bang the war drums, but like Micheal Buffer says ... "Let's get it ONNN!!!"

      October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Jay Becker

      You have got to be kidding me. You folks are buying this hastily concoccted story. I have just the bridge for you. Holder's ass is on the line over Fast ans Furious and the Underwear bomber about to spill th beans on the CIA/homeland Security/TSA and out of the blue we now get this. If you cant see we are being played..you are blind. They are simply using this to deflect attention and to beat the war druns for another unconstitutional war..bet Obama asks the UN and not Congress..ill lay you odds on iy..rofl

      October 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  70. larry simpson

    amazing how dumb reporters are these days. Can't even spell revolutionary.

    The most militant wing of Iran's Islamic Reveloutionary Guard, Quds has reportedly carried out covert operations in countries in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Christian

      Yeah, really. And that's without even getting into "Saudi Aramabian" or "when Arbabsiar was arrested he had both US and Iranian currently". I wonder how much CNN pays the teenager that checks these stories before they're published.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  71. Danny

    more war propaganda! there you have it folks, forget about the OWS, bankers, American Spring, broken economy and get ready to send your children to die for Israel and pick up the bill as well. When you sheeple gonna wake up?

    October 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • Hadenufyet

      Begging your pardon , but what has Israel ever personally done to you?

      October 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
      • Mycology

        he blames israel every time he stubs his toe...

        October 12, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  72. Jim Conaway

    I continue to hope that the Green Revolution and the freedom loving citizens
    of Iran continue to grow in numbers, strength and power and take back their country from these psychopaths.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  73. Concerned

    Ship them to Gitmo.

    October 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  74. David

    I am not pro-war; I think going into Iraq was a major mistake but think Afghanistan was a smart move. That said...we're going to have to go to war with Iran at some point, aren't we? Hasn't that been in the cards since 1979? Isn't that, possibly, what Iraq and Afghanistan were really all about - setting the stage for war with Iran? We'll have active military installations all around Iran, within easy striking distance of Tehran and every other significant point on the Iranian map...?

    October 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Jim Conaway

      David, Thanks for that perspective. I actually had never considered that, but if it is, in fact, the case then we will be in relatively good shape. Thanks again.

      October 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
      • Nate

        And what do we gain from this again? The fact that you seem to consider this prospect (and the Iraq invasion leading up to it) to be a good thing is alarming. That revolution they had in 1979 was due in many ways to actions the US and UK had undertaken in Iran over the preceding decades. If these guys are guilty of this plot, then convict them and be done with it. Why should we fight Israel and Saudi Arabia's battles for them? Do they not buy enough of our weapons to handle it on their own? Do we not already have enough war debt and too many dead or disabled servicemembers?

        What do we gain? When are we going to learn to mind our own business and take care of our own problems?

        October 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Dirtdan

      Your theory is laughable at best..... If memory serves me correctly Iraq kicked the crap out of Iran in 2 different wars in the 80's.... Why would we depose Iraq who we backed in the past in order to go after Iran....??? Just doesn't make sense to me... If you have a better US conspiracy please let me know.... Otherwise I just won't pay you any mind.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Reply
      • okiestrail

        Dirtdan you must have dementia…they only had one war. The second gulf war in that century was ours. Most people with even an ounce of geopolitical understanding would say Iran made it out pretty O.K from that mess. It solidified the power of the brutal mollha regime because Saddam (who we backed up, looked away when he used chemical warfare, and pulled a lot of strings so he would not get overrun towards the end) attacked in the middle of a messy revolution. Not that either outcome of that crappy revolution would have benefited the USA (the other guys were red commies and both sides hated the Shah=hated us). Either way that war left Saddam bankrupt and since we wouldn’t help him anymore he went after Kuwait…the rest is history.

        Convict these assholes and lock them up…who cares about the Saudis…their people hate us the most...9/11…foreign fighters in Afghanistan, etc. It’s not like “king” Abduhlla is gonna stop selling us their oil, they wouldn’t survive a week without us. Our economy is about to collapse…who gives a shit about anyone else.

        October 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm |

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