Washington, D.C. - In a recent development, a U.S. official revealed that the government had privately warned Iran about an imminent terrorist attack. This warning came before the tragic bombings in Kerman earlier this month, which claimed the lives of 95 individuals. The U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, highlighted the country's commitment to its longstanding policy of alerting other nations to potential threats.
The warning specifically mentioned the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-Khorasan or ISIS-K. Although the United States does not maintain diplomatic relations with Iran, it remains dedicated to ensuring the safety of innocent lives and minimizing the impact of terror attacks.
While there has been no official acknowledgment from Iranian state media regarding this warning, the nation's mission to the United Nations has yet to respond to requests for comment.
The Kerman attack, which occurred on January 3rd, was claimed by the Islamic State group. Situated approximately 820 kilometers (510 miles) southeast of Tehran, Kerman was the site of a commemoration for the late General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad in 2020. The dual suicide bombings resulted in the death of at least 95 people and left many others injured.
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Iranian Blames U.S. and Israel for Recent Attacks
In the wake of Israel's ongoing war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Iran has made efforts to scapegoat the U.S. and Israel for a recent attack. In response, they have launched missile strikes on Iraq and Syria. Furthermore, Iran escalated tensions by initiating strikes on nuclear-armed Pakistan, which then retaliated with its own strikes on Iran. This chain of events has only intensified the already volatile region that has been further inflamed by the Israel-Hamas conflict.
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The report by The Wall Street Journal reveals that the U.S. had first provided a warning to Iran.
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