New York air traffic controllers have received a message threatening retaliation for the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
The warning was received on Monday, just a day after the anniversary of the American drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump, who killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the commander of the Iraqi militia.
“On Wednesday, we will fly to the Capitol. Soleimani will be avenged,” a voice is heard in a loud voice received by CBS News. NBC News has not verified and it is not clear who sent the threat.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it had referred the matter to the FBI.
Government officials told NBC News they did not consider the warning about the attack credible, saying it was not difficult for a person to access the radio.
The threat comes as thousands of Iraqis chanting anti-American slogans gather in central Baghdad on Sunday to protest Soleimani’s assassination.
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The general, who helped assassinate the Americans for more than a decade, was killed on January 3, 2020, near a Baghdad airport. In the days after his death, during a meeting, Trump called Soleimani a “monster.”
“If we look back at his past – he was called a‘ monster ’and he was a monster,” the president said. “And he’s not a monster anymore; he’s dead. And that’s a good thing for many countries. He planned a very big and very bad attack for us and other people. And we stopped him.”