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Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai

Added 08-04-20 08:35:02am EST - “A California-based member of an Iranian militant opposition group in exile was abducted by Iran while staying in Dubai, his family said Tuesday.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A California-based member of an Iranian militant opposition group in exile was abducted by Iran while staying in Dubai, his family said Tuesday.

The suspected cross-border abduction of Jamshid Sharmahd appears corroborated by mobile phone location data, shared by his family with The Associated Press, that suggests he was taken to neighboring Oman before heading to Iran.

Iran hasn’t said how it detained Sharmahd, though the announcement came against the backdrop of covert actions conducted by Iran amid heightened tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

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Iran accuses Sharmahd, 65, of Glendora, California of planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others, as well as plotting other assaults through the little-known Kingdom Assembly of Iran and its Tondar militant wing. It aired an interview of him on state television - footage that resembled many other suspected coerced confessions broadcast by the Iranian government in the last decade.

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