India: 3 Iranians Sought in Terrrorist Bombing

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    Feb 13, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    Bombers Target Israeli Diplomats in Georgia, India

    Assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in near-simultaneous strikes Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. Iran denied responsibility for the attacks.

    The bombs, which wounded four people, threatened to ratchet up already high tensions between Iran, which has been accused of developing a nuclear weapons program, and Israel, which says such a program would be an existential threat to the Jewish state.

    ...India's foreign minister, S.M. Krishna, said India would cooperate closely with Israel in the investigation and promised to bring the assailants to justice. "I have just spoken to the Israeli foreign minister," he said. "I assured him that the law of the land will take its course."

    ...Mike Herzog, a retired Israeli general and former top aide to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak [said] "It's no secret that Iran uses Hezbollah globally, and Hezbollah has the capacity to carry out attacks around the globe."

    ...Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, the spokesman for Iran's Joint Armed Forces Staff, was quoted by the semi-official news agency ISNA last month as saying that Tehran was "reviewing the punishment" ..."Iran's response will be a tormenting one for supporters of state terrorism," he said, without elaborating. "The enemies of the Iranian nation, especially the United States, Britain and the Zionist regime, or Israel, have to be held responsible for their activities."

    ...In January, a foreign suspect with alleged links to Hezbollah militants led Thai police to a warehouse filled with materials commonly used to make bombs. Police seized more than 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) of urea fertilizer and several gallons of liquid ammonium nitrate at the warehouse.

    ...In January 2010, assailants detonated a roadside bomb near a convoy of cars carrying Israeli diplomats in Jordan. No one was hurt, and there was no claim of responsibility.

    In 1992, a bombing attack at the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires killed 29 people. Two years later, a bombing at a Jewish community center in that city killed 85 people. Argentines have long suspected high-level Iranian diplomats were involved in the 1994 bombing.
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    Feb 14, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    New Delhi attack reflects Iran's limited capabilities
    While it is possible that Iran lacks the ability to strike 'prestigious' Israeli targets, it may have chosen Monday's targets so as not to provoke a strong Israeli response.

    In both cases, the attacks hit areas that are on the periphery of the Shin Bet’s eye outside of Israel: a local driver, a worker at the embassy in Georgia and the wife of a diplomat on behalf of the Defense Ministry in India. Since Mughniyeh’s assassination, there have been nearly 20 attempted attacks, some of which were the product of a joint Iran-Hezbollah initiative. The choice of locations outside of Israeli embassies shows the difficulty in hitting more “prestigious” targets.

    ...the fact that the attacks were not carried out against high-profile targets may have been a deliberate choice; Israel has made clear on several occasions that it may launch a major strike on Lebanon in retaliation against a Hezbollah attack on an Israeli target abroad.

    Since it seems that at the moment Iran is not seeking such a conflict, there is a difference between targeting a diplomat or an embassy worker and trying to bring down a building. An attempt at the latter's magnitude – which attempted to emulate the success of the Buenos Aires attacks in the early 90s – took place in 2008, two months after Mughniyah's assassination. Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard operatives were arrested after planning to blow up the Israeli embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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    Feb 14, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Barak blames Iran for botched Thailand terror attack
    Defense Minister responds to Tuesday's Bangkok explosions which wounded five; says attack prove that Iran, Hezbollah continue to operate in ways of terror.

    According to the Bangkok Post, [the assailant] threw another grenade at the police that hit a tree and bounced back toward him, exploding and causing him to lose both his legs.

    ...Police later said they had apprehended another supsect at Bangkok's main Suvarnabhumi airport, one of two men they were looking for who had been living at the house where the initial blast took place.

    "We discovered the injured man's passport. It's an Iranian passport and he entered the country through Phuket and arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the 8th of this month," Police General Bansiri Prapapat told Reuters.
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    Feb 22, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    Azerbaijan: Iranian, Hezbollah operatives arrested for plotting attack against foreign targets
    Last month, three men were detained after planning to attack Israelis employed by a Jewish school in the capital Baku.

    Azerbaijan's national security agency announced on Tuesday that it has arrested several activists belonging to the Iranian intelligence service and Hezbollah. The operatives are suspected of planning terrorist attacks against foreigners in the capital Baku.

    ...The government said that the three men, named as Rasim Aliyev, Ali Huseynov and Balaqardash Dadashov, received smuggled arms and equipment from Iranian agents.

    ...Last week, an Iranian man was seriously wounded in Bangkok when a bomb he was carrying exploded and blew one of his legs off. Shortly before, there had been an explosion in a house the man was renting in the Ekamai area of central Bangkok, government spokeswoman Thitima Chaisaeng told reporters.

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    Mar 16, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    India: 3 Iranians Sought in Bombing

    A New Delhi court has issued arrest warrants for three Iranians in connection with a bombing attack last month on an Israeli diplomat’s wife, the police said Thursday. Israel has accused Iran of orchestrating the Feb. 13 attack that wounded the diplomat’s wife and three others. The Indian authorities have not implicated Iran in the bombing, even as the police inquiry appears to be centering on people with links to Iran. The court issued a warrant seeking the arrests of Housan Afshar, Syed Ali Mehdi Sadr and Mohammed Reza Abolghasemi. All three left India immediately after the attack.