Iran discussed attack against Army base in Washington, DC: report

Source: The Hill | March 21, 2021 | Joseph Choi

Iran reportedly threatened to attack Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., as well as the Army’s vice chief of staff, according to a report from The Associated Press published on Sunday.

Citing two unidentified senior U.S. intelligence officials, the AP reports that communications intercepted by the National Security Agency (NSA) showed that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) discussed carrying out a “USS Cole-style attacks” on Fort McNair in January, referencing the 2000 suicide attack against the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in Yemen’s Aden harbor that left 17 sailors dead.

The IRGC communications also revealed threats to kill Gen. Joseph M. Martin, the AP reports, who lives at Fort McNair.

According to the AP, the threats are behind the Army’s recent push for heightened security around Fort McNair, which would include adding a buffer zone of 250 to 500 feet from the Washington Channel. Leaders in the nation’s capital have spoken out against the proposed changes, the news service notes, as they would reduce access to the waterway, which runs parallel to the Potomac River.

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