Iran reportedly considered killing US ambassador to South Africa

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A US government official said that Marks, who took up her post last October, had been informed and the threat was listed in the CIA’s World Intelligence Review. Iran’s ministry of foreign affairs has strongly denied the report, and called it “anti-Iran propaganda”. It said it would be the Islamic Republic’s preferred method of retaliating against US president Donald Trump’s assassination of Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani in January. Iran is weighing an assassination attempt against the United States’ ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks, US media reported on Monday. Iran later launched missile strikes on an Iraqi military base housing US troops, but American casualties were low and intelligence officials said it was likely that there would be more attacks at a later date. The report citied multiple US intelligence sources and a CIA global threats document. According to US media, the intelligence report is not clear why the South African-born Marks would be Iran’s target for revenge, except that she is a close friend of Trump’s and a member of his exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort club in Florida.

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By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa05556667 An Iranian man walks in front of the missiles exhibited on the 36th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war, in Baharestan square in Teheran, Iran, 26 September 2016. EPA/STRINGER EPA/STRINGER

An Iranian man walks in front of the missiles exhibited on the 36th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war, in Baharestan square in Teheran, Iran, 26 September 2016. Iran is marking the 36th anniversary of war with Iraq that raged between 1980 and 1988. Iran is marking the 36th anniversary of war with Iraq that raged between 1980 and 1988.

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