Iranian leaders appear to be looking for a deadly diversion as large anti-government rallies rage on in the country’s streets.
The Wall Street Journal claims that terrorism assaults on numerous American targets in Saudi Arabia and Iraq may serve as such distraction. Officials from both nations informed the outlet that assaults could be “imminent.”
"We are concerned about the threat picture, and we are in constant contact through military, diplomatic & intelligence channels with the Saudis," said @StateDeptSpox. "We will not hesitate to act in the defense of our interests and partners in the region." #Iran #SaudiArabia https://t.co/ROJEhuhPTs pic.twitter.com/zMkg9M7eQ2
— VOA Nike Ching (@rongxiang) November 1, 2022
According to a report by Fox News, Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday that American officials are “concerned” about “the threat situation in the region.”
Other than to state that “We will reserve the right to protect and defend ourselves no matter where our forces are serving, whether in Iraq or elsewhere,” Ryder avoided getting into specifics.
Reuters reports that a National Security Council spokesperson concurred with such remarks on Tuesday and vowed to “not hesitate” to defend American interests from any assault by Iranian soldiers.
The NSC spokeswoman told Reuters, “We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,”.
The Saudi Arabian government’s threat intelligence came after Iran threatened Saudi media organizations for covering the Iranian rallies. According to Fox TV, Iran specifically does not want the protests to be shown on Saudi Arabia’s Farsi news channels.
According to the report, Iran accused the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia of being behind the current protest movement.
Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami reportedly responded, “This is our last warning because you are interfering in our internal affairs through these media,” according to Fox.
Salami has also said that Saturday will be their “last day,” issuing some of his harshest warnings yet to Iranians taking part in the nationwide protests. Since the demonstrators mostly disregarded the warning when the deadline passed, others believe Iran is now attempting to change the narrative by planning terrorist strikes.
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The latest threat report lends credence to a CBS News report from March in which it was revealed that Iran is a threat to American interests, both directly and via proxy. The data came from the 2022 Annual Threat Assessment published at the time by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
That report came at a time when hints of renewed nuclear deal negotiations between the U.S. and Iran were being considered. The CBS report specifically noted that Iran’s threat to the West, and particularly the United States, wouldn’t derail nuclear deal talks.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the time, “We were very clear when we were in the deal originally that nothing about the deal prevents us from taking action against Iran when it’s engaged in actions that threaten us, threaten our allies and partners. That will very much continue.” CONTINUE READING…