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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 TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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 PompeoPompeo says US to open embassy in the Maldives Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences American money for American ideas: Think tanks should disclose foreign funding 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 WolfRubio warns that election interference may ramp up around Election Day 22 state attorneys general oppose proposed Trump immigration rule on foreign students and media Does the US owe amnesty to future illegal immigrants? 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.”