Iran weighing plot to kill US to South Africa: report

Iran weighing plot to kill US to South Africa: report


The Iranian government is weighing a plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa, a report said on Sunday.

Authorities have been aware of a general threat against ambassador Lana Marks since the spring, but intelligence reports about the plot have become more specific in recent weeks, Politico reported, citing two unnamed government officials.

The intelligence community isn’t sure why Iran would target Marks, who does not appear to have any known links to the country, according to the report.

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But the plot seems to be an effort by Iran to retaliate against the Trump administration for the killing of its top general Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike in January.

Days after Soleimani’s death, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles targeting two bases housing US forces  in Iraq, causing traumatic brain injuries among dozens of American troops.

President Trump announced fresh sanctions on Iran and warned it against other retaliatory moves.

But US officials believe

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