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Iran Said to Have Threatened ‘USS Cole’-Style Attack Against Washington’s Fort McNair

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An aerial view of Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., Dec. 14, 2016. Photo: Mike Vaccaro/U.S. Army via Wikimedia Commons. – Iran has threatened to attack an army base in Washington, DC, as well as the vice chief of staff of the US Army, the AP reported on Sunday.

Citing “two senior US intelligence officials” speaking on condition of anonymity, the report stated that the threat was first uncovered in communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January.

In those communications, members of Iran’s Quds Force discussed launching “USS Cole-style attacks” against Fort McNair, referring to a suicide boat attack in the port of Aden in 2000 that killed 17 US service members.

The communication also revealed threats against Gen. Joseph M. Martin, whose official residence is on the base. The fort, which is among the oldest in the United States, lies at the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.

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The intercepted Quds Force communication was focused on ways to avenge the death of former Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed on Jan. 3, 2020, in a US strike in Iraq, according to the report.

The report comes amid an ongoing effort by the Army to create a buffer zone of 250 feet to 500 feet from the shore of the Washington Channel. The plan has encountered resistance from city leaders as it would limit access to the busy waterway.

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