A report from the National Security Agency revealed that the Iranian regime conspired to murder General Joseph M. Martin, the U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff!
The attack was reportedly deliberated in January by the Quds force, an extremist wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
The alleged target was Fort McNair base in Washington, D.C., which is also a place where Gen. Martin resides.
Fort McNair is also the third oldest U.S. Army base, surpassed only by the West Point U.S. Military Academy in New York and Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.
Retaliation for Soleimani
According to the intelligence agency, the attack was planned as a retaliation for the U.S. assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a former Quds leader, killed in Baghdad in January last year.
The squad members reportedly planned to perpetrate an assault similar to the one at USS Cole in Aden harbor, performed in 2000 by Al-Qaeda.
The 2000 attack resulted in 17 U.S. Navy casualties after two terrorists planted a bomb that destroyed the ship they navigated.
Gen. Martin, an alleged target of the attack, is a top military official with a respectable career.
He started as a tank platoon leader in 1987 and later on progressed to be the company executive officer in the 1st Battalion.
Later on, Gen. Martin worked in the 4th Battalion, eventually landing a commanding position at Company B during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991.
Martin also commanded a division of the 1st Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and served on multiple other positions, of which most notable are the leadership of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command from 2012 to 2013 and direction of the U.S. Army Staff.
Matin used every occasion to stress how proud he is to serve his homeland.
Trump was also a target
Former President Donald Trump was reportedly a target of the Iranian regime as well.
The attack was seemingly planned to occur at a similar time as Martin’s, just weeks before the end of Trump’s term, with Soleimani’s murder as a motive as well.
The plan was revealed by a video in which Iran’s judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi and Revolutionary Guard’s General Esmail Qaani discussed what kind of revenge should the U.S. be subjected to as a response to Soleimani’s assassination.
Reisi specifically mentioned that Americans should be prepared for the '’hard revenge’‘, underscoring that being the U.S. President does not exempt someone from being a target of the attack.