Threat of attack on US Congress to avenge the assassination of Sardar Soleimani
CBS claimed that New York’s air traffic controllers had received a threatening voice message that the US House of Representatives was being targeted in retaliation for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani. According to ISNA, the CBS network claimed that air traffic controllers in New York had heard a threat in a voice message that was also seen by this network, stating that “we will send a plane inside the Congress building on Wednesday, to revenge Soleimani”. “It is not clear who sent this threatening message,” he said. While the US government does not believe this attack message is credible, it has been investigated as a breach of air frequencies. Informed sources told CBS that the Pentagon and other agencies were briefed on the digital recording on Tuesday. The sources also said they believed the threat was designed to target the US Capitol on the same day that Congress is counting the results of electoral colleges. The network went on to say that the offensive was troubling because of the impact it might have on pilots’ orders about how and where to fly. Informed sources told CBS that a message was sent to air traffic controllers on Tuesday, reminding them that any threat or aircraft deviating from the flight path should be reported immediately. CBS did not elaborate, but said FBI was “taking all threats of violence against public security seriously”. As of this writing, Iranian officials have not responded to this claim.