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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 TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks 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 PompeoBiden loves the Georgia boycott — So why won't he boycott the Beijing Olympic games? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Five things to watch for at the GOP's donor retreat 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.”