WASHINGTON, Jan.4(Reuters)- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday it had found no specific, credible threats against the U.S. mainland in response to possible security risks after the U.S. killed top Iranian generals. The Department will remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation.
In the early hours of January 3, two vehicles were blown up and several people were killed near Baghdad International Airport, according to a statement issued by Iraqi security forces.
The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed on Tuesday night that Qasim Sulaimani, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps \"Al-Quds Brigade,\" died in an attack carried out by U.S. forces. Iranian officials said on Wednesday they would carry out \"tough revenge\" on the incident.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said that in view of the U.S. military operation, he called the department's leadership on the evening of Tuesday and Wednesday to assess potential new threats and part of the emergency response to the threat,\" the entire department is vigilant and ready to defend the country.\"
In its statement, Wolf said the department stands ready to deal with and combat any threats to U.S. territory. Although there are no specific, credible threats to the United States, the Department will continue to monitor the situation and work with the federal, state and local authorities to ensure the safety of the American people.
The Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks, its functions include counterterrorism, border security, combating illegal immigration and so on.
The position has been in a \"proxy\" state after the departure of former U.S. Secretary of State Nathan Nelson in April 2019. Wolf took up his current post in mid-november last year, less than two months. Moreover, the Ministry's Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services are \"acting \".
In recent days, U.S. officials have sent security warnings to overseas citizens in the Middle East. The U.S. State Department has issued three Iraq tourism safety warnings in four days from December 31,2019. A warning issued on Wednesday urged U.S. citizens to \"leave immediately\" Iraq. (end)