On September 13th, Politico reported that Iran is allegedly planning an assassination against the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, according to an unnamed US government official and another official who had seen intelligence.
This was then repeated by US President Donald Trump.
…caused over so many years. Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2020
This is reportedly in retaliation to the January 3rd assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike in Iraq’s capital Baghdad.
It turns out that Lana Marks, the ambassador to South Africa had been under a “general threat” since Spring 2020.
According to the sources, the threat had become more specific in August and September, and that the Iranian Embassy in Pretoria was allegedly involved in the plot.
Attacking Lana Marks is one of several courses of action that Tehran could allegedly undertake.
Marks has been made aware of the threat, the U.S. government official said.
The intelligence also has been included in the CIA World Intelligence Review, known as the WIRe, a classified product that is accessible to senior policy and security officials across the U.S. government, as well as certain lawmakers and their staff.
Marks, 66, was sworn in as U.S. ambassador last October. She’s known Trump for more than two decades and has been a member of his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
She is famous for being a successful businesswoman, with her handbag designs selling for as much as $40,000. She was a personal friend of Princess Diana, and was born in South Africa, as a result she speaks Afrikaans and Xhosa.
Still, though, even Politico admits that Lana Marks has no known links to Iran, and it is questionable why Tehran would even target her.
It is, however, easy to tie in to previous MSM reports, such as back in 2015, when the Guardian and Al Jazeera reported on leaked intelligence documents that detailed an extensive secret network of Iranian operatives in South Africa.
It would be quite an asymmetric response, since Soleimani was a much more significant figure in Iranian internal and external policy and conduct than Lana Marks is for the US.
“Iran’s Islamist leaders have a history of carrying out assassinations beyond their country’s borders, as well as taking hostages, since seizing power following a popular uprising in the late 1970s.”
This is based on a US report which provides no evidence but ample accusations in most, if not all, cases.
Days after Soleimani was assassinated, Iran shot a salvo of ballistic missiles at a US military base in Iraq, and the list of damages and injuries kept expanding for months, after initially allegedly failing completely.
An initial target was reportedly the head of US Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie.
He said back in August that he expected a new “response” from Iran to America’s ongoing presence in Iraq.
“I do not know what the nature of that response will be, but we will certainly be ready for it, should it occur,” he said. On Wednesday, McKenzie confirmed plans to cut the U.S. troop presence in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 by the end of September.
McKenzie said Iran was “our central problem” in the region, and acknowledged that the danger from Iranian proxies in Iraq had complicated U.S. efforts against ISIS, the radical Sunni terrorist organization and movement.
“The threat against our forces from Shia militant groups has caused us to put resources that we would otherwise use against ISIS to provide for our own defense and that has lowered our ability to work effectively against them,” he said.
Iran and South Africa have cooperated on a number of fronts in recent decades, including at the U.N., where South Africa has at times advocated for Iran.
South Africa also has uranium deposits, which are allegedly of interest to Iran, as the West continues to allege that it seeks to expand its nuclear program even further to develop weapons.
South Africa and Iran have also signed some basic defense pacts, as such it simply holds water that a largely insignificant diplomat could potentially be assassinated by Iran to send some sort of message. What the message would be? Who knows, really?
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