Iranian media are claiming that Secretary of State John Kerry did not break his femur in a cycling accident in Switzerland Sunday, as has been widely reported, but instead evaded an assassination attempt by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
According to The Jerusalem Post, the Iranian news outlet Nasim reported Kerry secretly met with an ISIS leader Sunday which led to an armed conflict and an assassination attempt:
Kerry’s meeting, in which the alleged assassination attempt took place, was with Gulmurod Khalimov, a senior Tajik police commander, trained in the United States, who announced his defection to Islamic State in a video released last week, the report states.
Having received training from the US State Department previously, Khalimov was well aware of State Department security procedures and he used the knowledge to get another member of his entourage into the secret meeting with Kerry, with the intention of assassinating him, the report claims.
Nasim’s report cited Russian intelligence intercepted from France, the United States, and Switzerland, which asserted that two other people were shot in the skirmish, one of them fatally.
Bloomberg News pointed out Kerry’s injury resulted in the cancellation of trips to Madrid and Paris. The secretary of state and Iran’s foreign minister, Javid Zarif, met the day before to set terms on a nuclear deal.
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American officials insisted Kerry’s injury will not hinder his participation in the negotiations, The Associated Press reported.
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