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Iranian Diplomat Slain in Yemen

A Yemeni police vehicle patrols outside of the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sana'a, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. A Yemeni police vehicle patrols outside of the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sana'a, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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A Yemeni police vehicle patrols outside of the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sana'a, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
A Yemeni police vehicle patrols outside of the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sana'a, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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Gunmen in Yemen have killed an Iranian diplomat in a drive-by shooting.

Medical and security officials in Sana'a, the Yemeni capital, said Ali Asghar Assadi, Iran's economic attache, died Saturday from gunshot wounds to the shoulder and chest.

One security official said an initial investigation suggested the gunmen first attempted to kidnap the diplomat but killed him when he resisted and fled.

Kidnappings of foreigners in common in Yemen.

Another diplomat at the Iranian Embassy was kidnapped in July by suspected al-Qaida militants and is thought to remain in captivity.

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by: J.B. Daniels from: USA
January 18, 2014 4:44 PM
My sympathies go to the family in Iran
as they go to all people everywhere who suffer grief from the terrible actions of Al Qaeda, as they also go to the families of those Al Qaeda
killed in Afghanistan
and in Iraq
and in Lebanon
and in Syria
and in China
and in Russia
and in parts of Africa
and the Americas




by: Anonymous
January 18, 2014 3:45 PM
They say Iran is the number one source of terrorism, but the facts say otherwise. Our "ally" Saudi Arabia is the real problem.... too bad they have our politicians in their pockets. They call Edward Snowden the traitor... how about colluding with Saudi Arabia to kill their own citizens? Scumbags.


by: Anonymous
January 18, 2014 2:11 PM
Godwin your psts are full of it. It is now a Saudi game. Don't call it just n Iranian game which has not been proven.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
January 18, 2014 12:58 PM
Unfortunate lives once again have to be involved in playing Iran's own game in its own territory. Talk about paying Iran back in its own coin. But how long is this going to be allowed to continue? Does integration into world affair have any function to play in persuading Iran to drop this game. State sponsorship of terrorism wears many looks, including kidnapping for any intent and purpose. Unfortunately this training all over the world has ripple effects in denying much needed peace in the world. Let Iran and Saudi Arabia change their national policies toward exportation of terrorism, make effort to recall their operatives presently in the fields and decide to be civilized in their domains. These killings and losses of lives - even of enemies - make the earth bloody and stinking. Yeah, the Saudis have al qaida which once born has grown beyond its control. Iran is terrorizing with Hezbollah, Hamas and other secret operatives of the national guard - all in the name of a cause - like the Resistance or the Liberation.

The seed of discord sowed all over fighting an untenable cause is yielding the much blood of innocent peoples. While it sounds like good riddance - because Iran has been beaten in its trade, we have to think of the reprisal effects it is bound to generate in the region. It is time to say enough of this nonsense. Iran et al must stop sponsoring terrorists if these killings and kidnappings must stop. And Iran must also make effort to help world bodies fighting global terrorism identify and destroy terror cells, even the same way it is helping the IAEA to curb its disastrous nuclear program. It must make sure it does not encourage terrorism by the restrictions to rights and privileges of citizens, especially in suppression of dissent, as is rife inside Iran resulting the incarceration of opposition, and those killed as enemies of God- because they portrayed different opinion from the ruling party's.

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