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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 TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts 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 PompeoMike PompeoWhy the US needs to clear the way for international justice Tim Scott to participate in GOP event in Iowa Progressive lawmaker to introduce bill seeking more oversight of Israel assistance 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 WolfIntel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave Russia suspected of massive State Department email hack: report 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.”