TDT | Manama
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Iran is considering ways to retaliate against the United States for the murder of force commander Quds Qassem Soleimani, and Lebanese Hezbollah is under close scrutiny for potential attacks on American soil, a senior intelligence official warned yesterday. American.
“Protecting against such threats is even more important now, as Iran, its agents and proxies plan ways to retaliate against the United States for the January 2020 murder of IRGC-QF commander Qassem Soleimani,” Christine Abizaid, Director of National Counterterrorism. Center, said during testimony before the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
Abizaid said the United States had assessed that Iranian-backed Hezbollah maintained a “high threshold for carrying out attacks in the homeland.” “Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah weighs his organization’s view of the United States as one of its main adversaries against the likelihood of American retaliation if the group decides to carry out an attack,” Abizaid added.
Soleimani was killed in a drone strike ordered by former President Donald Trump after the Iranian general allegedly planned attacks on diplomats and the US military.
The strike, which was carried out in Baghdad, also killed Abu Mehdi Al Muhandis, then deputy commander of the Iraqi Shiite militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces.
“Iran sees terrorism as a tool to support its fundamental objectives, including the projection of power in the Middle East and the deterrence of its strategic rivals,” Abizaid said. Regarding Iraq, Abizaid suggested that Iranian-backed Shiite militias posed the “most immediate threat to US interests,” citing drone attacks on US facilities there.