Mounting Questions on Iran Terror Plot – Council on Foreign Relations

Kenneth Katzman, an Iran expert at the Congressional Research Service, says he and many of his peers believe that elements of the plan–such as the alleged intent to use a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the killing–simply don’t comport with what they know “about the way Iranians conduct terrorist attacks” and “the way they implement them.” Katzman also notes that the attack, if it had succeeded, would have drawn a strong retaliatory U.S. response, which is something Iran “does not want.”