U.S. Issued Warning to Iran Prior to Deadly Attack

The U.S. government, adhering to a longstanding duty-to-warn policy, informed Iran of a potential terrorist threat within its borders before the tragic January 3rd attacks in Kerman that resulted in over 80 casualties.

This intelligence-driven warning aimed to preempt the ISIS-led suicide bombings during the commemoration of Qassem Soleimani’s death, although the efficacy of the notice remains unclear.

“Prior to ISIS’ terrorist attack on Jan. 3, 2024, in Kerman, Iran, the U.S. government provided Iran with a private warning that there was a terrorist threat within Iranian borders,” a U.S. official told CBS News.

“The U.S. government followed a longstanding “duty to warn” policy that has been implemented across administrations to warn governments against potential lethal threats.”    

While the Biden administration’s proactive stance highlights a commitment to counter-terrorism, it also underscores the complex dynamics of U.S.-Iran relations, especially against the backdrop of regional instability and the adversarial nature of interactions between the two nations.

A History of Warnings Amidst Adversarial Relations

Despite the absence of direct diplomatic channels, the U.S. has historically relayed crucial security information to Iran through intermediaries.

This practice, consistent across administrations, reflects a nuanced approach to national security, emphasizing the importance of preventing loss of life even amidst strained relations.

“We provide these warnings in part because we do not want to see innocent lives lost in terror attacks,” the official said.

The recent attacks attribute a new dimension to the threat landscape, with ISIS-K’s involvement marking a significant escalation. This, coupled with Iran’s contentious role in regional conflicts, notably its support for Hamas, positions Tehran at the center of intricate geopolitical challenges.

With information from CBS News

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