Iran Plotting Strike on US Ambassador to South Africa?
The Iranian government is considering a plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa, a report said on Sunday.
Though US authorities have claimed to have been aware of a general plot against Ambassador Lana Marks since the spring, they insist recently that intelligence reports about the plot have become more specific, Politico reported, citing two unnamed government officials.
It is still confusing to the intelligence community why Iran would want Marks assassinated since he does not appear to have any known links to the country, the report insinuated.
Nigerian Sketch gathered however that there is however line of thought that connects the plot to Iran’s effort 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 had announced fresh sanctions on Iran and warned it against other retaliatory moves, but US officials believe attacking Marks is one of several options Iran’s regime is considering as payback.
There is little doubt that Iran felt terribly devastated by US’ killing of Soleimani and the country has not felt satisfied that it has responded appropriately.
Iran Plotting Strike on US Ambassador could be its way of seeking means of leveling scores with the US.
There are reports that suggest that Marks, 66, has been warned of the possible attack on her life.