A bomb was detonated near Israel’s Embassy in New Delhi, the capital of India, on 29 January. It was widely suspected that Iran was responsible for the bombing, and new details from the investigation appear to confirm this.
Predictably, after barely a month of investigating, India concluded a local cell of radical Shi’is, directed by IRGC, had carried out the Embassy attack, and this information was leaked to the media by an outraged Indian government. Whatever doubts there were about the Iranian intentions with the bombing, “the message was clear and the threat is real”, said one of the experts investigating the attack, speaking to The Hindustan Times on background.
This is not the first time IRGC has targeted Israel on Indian soil. In February 2012, IRGC attacked Israeli diplomats in India with an IED against their car, wounding four people, and within twenty-four hours similar attacks had been attempted in Georgia and Thailand. This was just months after the U.S. Justice Department issued an indictment over an IRGC plot, involving Mexican drug cartels, to blow up the Saudi ambassador at a café in the American capital. Iran’s motive at that time, similar to the present, was revenge for a series of deaths among its nuclear scientists, some more verifiably assassinations than others.
The attempted attack in India shows that Iran remains committed to global terrorism. As the new Biden administration considers how to move forward with Iran—whether and how to re-enter the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and what to do about sanctions—it must not repeat the mistakes of the past by ignoring IRGC’s unconventional military adventurism. Iran’s Islamist imperialism should be kept central in the debate.
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