DHS says no 'credible' threat to US, warns of groups' capability

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Saturday that it doesn't have information about any "specific, credible threat" to the U.S. homeland, but warned that groups are capable of carrying out "operations" in the U.S. 

The information in a DHS bulletin follows a recently announced U.S. strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. 

"At this time we have no information indicating a specific, credible threat to the Homeland," DHS said, but cautioned that "Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated the intent and capability to conduct operations in the United States."

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The bulletin also warned that Iran is capable of "carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States" and "likely views terrorist activities as an option to deter or retaliate against its perceived adversaries."

Iran has threatened "harsh retaliation" after the Pentagon announced this week that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE directed a strike that killed Soleimani. 

On Friday, the State Department urged U.S. citizens to leave Iraq "immediately."

President Trump has defended the attack, saying that it was done to stop a war and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE has said that the action was due to an "imminent threat" to American lives. 

Democrats have criticized the strike as an escalation that could provoke violence. 

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Acting DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections MORE said in a statement that Saturday's bulletin was issued to assure the public that DHS is "actively monitoring and preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise.”