DHS issues terror threat bulletin in wake of Soleimani killing

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf says there is 'no specific, credible threat against the homeland'

Alabama Media Group, Birmingham
The coffins of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck through Tehran during a funeral procession on Monday, Jan. 6, 2019. Suleimani and the others were killed by the United States on Friday in Baghdad in a drone strike.
The coffins of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck through Tehran during a funeral procession on Monday, Jan. 6, 2019. Suleimani and the others were killed by the United States on Friday in Baghdad in a drone strike.
(Tribune News Service)

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin as tensions increase between the U.S. and Iran.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said while there is “no specific, credible threat against the homeland,” the bulletin is designed to “inform, share protective measures and reassure the American public, state and local governments and private sector partners that (DHS) is actively monitoring and preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise."

Wolf didn’t go into detail about the protective measures but said DHS is operating with an “enhanced posture” and that “various operational components are taking protective measures were prudent and necessary.”

In the past, DHS said, homeland-based plots have included scouting and planning against infrastructure targets, as well as cyber attacks.

“Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States. Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States,” the notice said.

Homegrown violent extremists could also capitalize on the heightened tensions to launch individual attacks, DHS warned.

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