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Congress Examines Iranian Threat to U.S. Security

Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A  House subcommittee met earlier today to hear about Iran's role in the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. while he was here in Washington.  U.S. Authorities say the plan involved two men linked to Iran's security agencies.

Lawmakers also took a look at Iran's role in the international community and the Middle East, as well at its potential to harm the U.S. through terrorist activities. Members considered the effectiveness of the current sanctions on Iran, and whether additional measures should be taken.

Testifying at the hearing were Retired General Jack Keane, who was the Army's Vice Chief of Staff from 1999-2003; Reuel Marc Gerecht, from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Matt Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Lawrence Korb from the Center For American Progress Action Fund.

Updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 3:53pm (ET)

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