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Was Iranian Revolutionary Guard Just Trying to Buy a Classic American Car?

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Gholam Shakuri, a colonel in the Quds Force, a special operations branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, is being accused of directing a bizarre plot – code named “Chevrolet” – involving an Iranian-American used car salesman, Manssor Arbabsiar, to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. based on “evidence” such as this phone call:

In the days after his arrest, at the direction of federal agents, Arbabsiar also made tape recorded phone calls to Shakuri in Iran.

“I wanted to tell you the Chevrolet is ready,” Arbabsiar told Shakuri during an Oct. 5 telephone call recorded by the FBI. “It’s ready, uh, to be done. I should continue, right?”

Shakuri is quoted in court papers as responding: “Yes. Yes. Yes.”

When Arbabsiar said the would-be assassin wanted more money upfront, Shakuri responded: “Tell him to finish his work, then we’ll give him the rest. He should buy the car for us first.”

Shakuri added: “Just do it quickly, it’s late, just buy it for me and bring it already.”

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

October 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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