Iran's Deadly Diplomats

(Combating Terrorism Center-West Point) Matthew Levitt - In July, Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat accredited to Tehran's embassy in Vienna, was arrested in Germany and charged with providing 500 grams of TATP explosives for a plot targeting a rally of Iranian dissidents near Paris. In June 2018, two Iranian diplomats based at the Iranian embassy in Amsterdam were expelled from the Netherlands following the assassination several months earlier of an Iranian Arab activist who was gunned down in the Dutch capital. In other cases, Iranian diplomats involved in terrorism or surveillance of possible targets for attack were quietly arrested and deported. Iranian diplomats were deeply involved in the 1992 and 1994 bombings of the Israeli embassy and AMIA Jewish community center, respectively, in Buenos Aires. The writer is director of the Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2019-11-08 00:00:00

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