They said communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January showed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard discussed mounting “USS Cole-style attacks” against the Army post, referring to the October 2000 suicide attack in which a small boat pulled up alongside the Navy destroyer in the Yemeni port of Aden and exploded, killing 17 sailors.
Yesterday, the Associated Press, according to two senior U.S. intelligence officials, wrote: ” Iran has made threats against Fort McNair, an Army post in the U.S. capital, and against the Army’s vice chief of staff, two senior U.S. intelligence officials said. They said communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January showed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard discussed mounting “USS Cole-style attacks” against the Army post… The intelligence also revealed threats to kill Gen. Joseph M. Martin and plans to infiltrate and surveil the installation, according to the officials, who were not authorized to publicly discuss national security matters and spoke on condition of anonymity.”
Earlier, the IRGC Brigadier General Ismail Qaani, the commander of the terrorist Quds Force, at least twice, had publicly threatened terrorist acts inside the United States. “So long as there is a man around the world, he is ready to punish the cowards who did this,” he said on January 1, 2020, referring to the elimination of Qassem Soleimani, the Quds Force commander, and added, “With this crime, you have committed you have created another work for all the free people in the world and rest assure that someone even from inside your house, will respond to your crime.” (State-run TV, January 1, 2020).
A day before that, Qaani tweeted: “We warn the U.S. President, the head of the CIA, the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Secretary of State and other U.S. officials involved in the assassination of Martyr Soleimani that they must learn the secret lifestyle of Salman Rushdie because the Islamic Republic will revenge Martyr Soleimani blood that was unjustly shed. ” (December 31, 2019).
On January 10, 2021, Qaani’s once again openly threatened terrorist acts inside the United States on state television, saying, “We have said before, and we are saying now that your defeat and revenge have begun. You can no longer rest in your own homes. It is not unlikely that revenge will be taken from inside your homes, and in another place, we recommend that these main criminals who committed this crime, from the President of the United States to this bastard current Secretary of State, who has hated Martyr Soleimani for many years, all of them should go to Salman Rushdie’s class and sit down and learn how to live from now on from Salman Rushdie.”
On January 1, 2020, the state-run TV reported that Ebrahim Raissi, the head of the mullahs’ Judiciary, said that no one should think that “if someone appears in the guise of the President of the United States, he has immunity, none of them will be safe on Earth.”
On December 31, 2020, the state-run T.V. reported that Rahim Aqdam, the Commander of IRGC’s Zeinab base in Syria, said, “Mr. Trump must take this blow from where he does not think it will be, and it will be a very, very big blow.”
The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in a statement on January 2, 2021, announced that these remarks “affirm the need for decisive action vis-à-vis the regime’s terrorist threats and require international action by the United Nations Security Council. Rouhani, Raisi, and other leaders of the regime, as well as the Judiciary and regime’s media and propaganda apparatus, should all be included in the terrorist list for facilitating assassination and repression.”