FBI foils Iranian kidnapping plot

July 14, 2021

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Outgoing reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami talks on the phone with the mother of female journalist Masih Alinejad, right, after meeting with journalists in Tehran, Iran, July 13, 2005.

Outgoing reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami talks on the phone with the mother of female journalist Masih Alinejad, right, after meeting with journalists in Tehran, Iran, July 13, 2005. Prosecutors in the US alleged July 13, 2021, that Iran planned to kidnap Alinejad, famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women. Iran did not immediately comment on the allegation July 14, 2021.

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