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Plot to assassinate Saudi Washington envoy approved ‘at highest level’, Mattis says

The U.S. Secretary of Defense said that Iranians plotted to kill Adel al-Jubeir, the then-Saudi ambassador to Washington.

According to the defense chief, the operation was “approved at the highest level.”

Jubeir, who is currently serving as Saudi Arabia’s minister for foreign affairs, had been a target of the failed assassination attempt in 2011.

Referring to Iran he said: “They are not looking out for the best interests of their people. You’ve got this revolutionary cause that then causes them to go around creating mischief everywhere else; including trying to murder an Arab ambassador fewer than two miles away from the White House a couple of years ago. I’ve seen the intelligence; this was not a rogue agent. This was an operation approved at the highest levels.”

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James Mattis

So far, Iran is believed to have been behind assassinations of four Saudi Arabia diplomats in Thailand and several assassinatins attempts against Saudi diplomats during 1989-1990. The four Saudi diplomats assassinated in Thailand are: Abdullah al-Basri, Ahmad al-Saif, Abdullah al-Maliki and Fahd al-Bahli.

The mischief-loving Iranian regime was also found reportedly involved in the 2011 assassination of Hassan al-Qahtani, a Saudi diplomat in the Pakistani’s city of Karachi.

The regime is also believed to be involved in the 2016 assassination attempt on Thamer al-Asbahan, the Secretary of State for Arab Gulf Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  when he  ambassador to Iraq at the hands of Iraqi sectarian militias.

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