A leaked US government intelligence report has claimed that Iran is plotting to kill or capture Donald Trump and his former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo in retaliation for the death of Major General Qassim Soleimani, who was killed two years ago in a drone strike.
The claim has been leaked from the latest National Counterterrorism Centre report, in which it details how retaliatory actions could be taken to avenge the killing of Iranian intelligence commander Qassim Soleimani in a drone strike two years ago.
According to Yahoo News, the report said: "The Iranian regime is waging a multipronged campaign - including threats of lethal action, international legal maneuvering, and the issuance of Iranian arrest warrants and sanctions - against select US officials to avenge the death of IRGC-QF Commander Soleimani in January 2020, raising the threat at home and abroad for those Iran views as responsible for the killing."
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF) is part of Iran's military.
Soleimani was the leader of the republic's elite Quds force, a black-ops squadron whose tactics and objectives have compromised and infuriated American policy in the region. Soleimani was also said to be the mastermind behind Iran's campaigns in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
Soleimani was killed near Baghdad airport when he was struck by a drone attack in January 2020 when he was visiting Iraq, before his death, he was considered one of the Middle East's most powerful military figures.
The report added: "Since January 2021, Tehran has publicly expressed a willingness to conduct lethal operations inside the United States and has consistently identified former President Donald Trump, former secretary of state Michael Pompeo, and former General Kenneth McKenzie as among its priority targets for retribution."
It also said: "Iran would probably view the killing or prosecution of a US official it considers equivalent in rank and stature to Soleimani or responsible for his death as successful retaliatory actions."
The intelligence report is dated June 16, 2022, just two days after Joe Biden's trip to the Middle East was officially announced by the White House. It is also marked "Not for Public Release" and "For Official Use Only".