The American Associated Press said, on Sunday, March 21, 2021, that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards discussed the possibility of launching a strike on a military base in Washington, in addition to threats to target a prominent military official.
The Associated Press quoted two US intelligence officials (it did not name them) as saying that communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January 2021 revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards during the same month considered planning an attack on the Fort McNair base.
The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, added that the possible attack would have occurred similar to the incident targeting the USS Cole, which in October 2000 was hit by a suicide bombing on a boat that stopped at Next to the warship in the Yemeni port of Aden, which led to the killing of 17 sailors.
They also revealed “Iranian threats to kill the US Army Deputy Chief of Staff, General Joseph Martin, and plans to infiltrate and monitor al-Qaeda,” according to the Associated Press.
Fort McNair is one of the oldest bases in the United States and is Martin’s official residence.
These threats were one of the reasons that led the Army to reinforce protection around Fort McNair.
While the “Associated Press” reported that both the Ministry of Defense (the Pentagon), the National Security Council and the National Security Agency refused to comment on this issue.
The commander of the US Central Command (Centcom), General Kenneth McKinsey, said Monday that his country does not want a war with Iran, but is “prepared at the same time for any eventuality and to respond if necessary.”
Maximum pressure policy
McKinsey added, during a television interview with the Lebanese “LBC” (in particular), that Washington has pursued a policy of maximum pressure on Tehran during the past two years, but the administration of the US President, Joe Biden, is assessing the nature of this approach.
Washington and Tehran also discussed controversial files, between them Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, and the two countries’ foreign policies in the Middle East region.
As for Tehran’s vow to avenge Soleimani, McKinsey said, “The US armed forces are ready for any eventuality, and are ready to respond if necessary.” He continued, “I think we are taking continuous measures all the time to ensure the safety of trade that passes through the (waters) of the region.”