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Iran’s order: If U.S. strikes Syria, hit embassy

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NSA intercepts of phone and Internet exchanges are looking like a smart idea.

Washington has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. embassy if there is a strike on Syria, officials tell The Wall Street Journal.

Kernels from the Journal report:

  • The U.S. is on alert for Iran’s fleet of small, fast boats in the Persian Gulf, where American warships are positioned. U.S. officials also fear Hezbollah could attack the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
  • Qasem Soleimani, the head of Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, sent the message to Iranian-supported Shiite militia groups in Iraq. Soleimani says Shiite groups must be prepared to respond with force after a U.S. strike on Syria. 
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