President Trump took to Twitter late Monday to issue a stern warning to Iran that an assassination or attack on the United States in retaliation for the air strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani earlier this year will be met with a counterattack that “will be 1,000 times larger in size. ”
Trump cited recent reports claiming Tehran is considering an assassination attempt on Lana Marks, the U.S. ambassador to South Africa. U.S. officials have been aware of threats against the ambassador since the spring, but intelligence suggests those threats have become more specific in recent weeks.
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An intelligence source told Fox News that the Intel community takes the threat against the ambassador seriously and believes the Iranian regime has the potential to act on a murder. She is just one of several U.S. officials that U.S. intelligence agencies believe Tehran is considering in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. Iran has denied the reports.
The Pentagon said Soleimani “actively developed plans to attack US diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
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Late last year, after approving the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Trump said the United States will hunt down its enemies around the world.
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly, Gillian Turner, Frank Miles and the Associated Press contributed to this report