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US Department of Homeland Security issues terror alert about possible Iran-sponsored terrorist acts and cyber-attacks.

The US government has issued a security alert over the weekend, warning of possible acts of terrorism and cyber-attacks that could be carried out by Iran following the killing of a top general by the US military on Friday.

The warning comes in the form of a rare NTAS (National Terrorism Advisory System) alert, of which the US government has issued only a handful since 2011 when the system was put into place.

The alert was published a day after a targeted US drone strike killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at the Baghdad airport. The airstrike came after violent protests and attacks on the American embassy in Baghdad by Iran-backed supporters.

Following Gen. Suleimani’s killing, Iranian leadership and several affiliated violent extremist organizations publicly stated they intended to retaliate against the US. The DHS said that “Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated the intent and capability to conduct operations in the United States.”

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, A PRIME TARGET
According to the DHS’ NTAS alert, possible attack scenarios could include “scouting and planning against infrastructure targets and cyber enabled attacks against a range of U.S.-based targets.”

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

Although Acting US Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf said that “there is no specific, credible threat against the homeland,” the NTAS alert also warns that “an attack in the homeland may come with little or no warning.” Read more

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US Department of Homeland Security issues terror alert about possible Iran-sponsored terrorist acts and cyber-attacks.