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Thomas von der Osten-Sacken:Die Cohen Brüder in Teheran?
15. Oktober 2011, 11.29 Uhr:

Die Cohen Brüder in Teheran?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die ganze Geschichte klingt wie ein Drehbuch der Cohen Brüder: Ein gescheiterter, versoffener Gebrauchtwagenhändler in einem texanischen Kaff namens Corpus Christi, sein Cousin, der für die notorischen Al Quds Brigaden im Iran arbeitet und dann auch noch die Zetas, ehemalige mexikanische Sondereinsatzkräfte, die die Seiten gewechselt haben. So soll ein Anschlag gegen die saudische Botschaft in den USA, in den höchste iranische Regierungskreise verwickelt sein sollen, geplant worden sein?

Für den deutschen Zeitungsleser, der seine Empfindungen auch als Kommentare online hinterlässt, mal wieder ein klarer Fall: das haben die Amis erfunden, um in einen neuen Krieg zu ziehen, oder, wie es in Teheran heißt, von den Demonstrationen an der Wall Street abzulenken. Schwerlich finden sich auf den Seiten von Zeit, Welt und Süddeutsche ein anderslautender Kommentar. Denn die lange und blutige Geschichte von iranischen Terroranschlägen im Ausland zählt schließlich nicht.

Die Washington Post nun hat sich die Mühe gemacht, die Geschichte  zu verfolgen und ihr etwas Sinn zu geben. Dann klingt das Ganze schon weit weniger abstrus:

When nearly $100,000 landed in an undercover FBI bank account from a source linked to an Iranian paramilitary force, officials began taking seriously an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador that at first had seemed outlandish.

And as the investigation unfolded over recent months, a name emerged that chilled some in the U.S. government. The Iranian cousin of the man accused of plotting the assassination was Abdul Reza Shahlai, a senior commander in Iran’s Quds Force, who had been linked to the killing of American troops in Iraq.

Shahlai was known as the guiding hand behind an elite group of gunmen from the feared militia of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. They had dressed as American and Iraqi soldiers and, in a convoy of white SUVs, stormed a provincial government building in Karbala on Jan. 20, 2007.

Five Americans were killed and three were wounded in the attack, whose brazenness rattled the military. The daring raid became even more notorious after some of the suspected killers were later released by the Iraqi government.

The U.S. military found a 22-page memo that detailed preparations for the operation and tied it to the Quds Force, a branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Treasury officials singled out Shahlai as “the final approving and coordinating authority” for the Iran-based training of members of Sadr’s militia before they went back to Iraq to attack coalition forces.

The 54-year-old Iranian also supplied parts of Sadr’s militia with large quantities of C-4 plastic explosives, 122mm grad rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, according to the U.S. Treasury report targeting him for sanctions.

“The Quds Force is Iran’s arm for supporting terrorists and planning attacks. .?.?. It has, in the past, reached out to groups that might seem unlikely partners,” said a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. “The U.S. government has known for quite some time that the Quds Force was involved in this type of external plotting and has known that Shahlai has been behind much of it. That he is still at it is no surprise.”

Shahlai’s cousin in the United States is Mansour Arbabsiar, who had grown up with him in the Iranian city of Kermanshah (now Bakhtaran) but emigrated to Texas in the late 1970s.

This year, the 56-year-old Arbabsiar, running from a series of failed businesses and a collapsing marriage, returned to Iran to live. And Shahlai apparently decided that he had found another proxy to strike at two of Iran’s principal enemies: the United States and Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, is a key foreign policy adviser to King Abdullah.

U.S. officials say that Shahlai hoped that Arbabsiar, by virtue of his time in Texas, might be able to get in touch with Mexican drug traffickers who would kidnap Jubeir. The plan allegedly later evolved into assassinating him in Washington.

Auch wenn sie immer mit äußerster Vorsicht gelesen werden sollten, denn Debka hat in der Vergangenheit schon so manche Ente produziert, lohnt sich auch ein Blick in diese Analyse: Iranian radicals look for a limited armed clash with the US

Siehe auch

Khaled Abu Tomaeh: If They Are Like This Now, What Will They Be Like With Nukes?

Ken Pollack: Iran’s Covert War Against the United States

Tony Badran: Ignoring the Iranian threat

Martin Indyk: The Iranian Connection und diesen Hintergrundartikel über die Al Quda Milizen.

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