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‘No Immediate Threats' to DC After Airstrike Kills Iran General, Mayor Says

The mayor of Washington, D.C., says local police and homeland security are monitoring the situation near the nation's capital and abroad

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city will remain vigilant after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general, but that there are "no immediate threats."

The security update came hours after a U.S. airstrike killed Iran's top general, Qasem Soleimani, near an airport in Baghdad. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the U.S. after the airstrike.

The Metropolitan Police Department and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor events at home and abroad, Bowser said in an emailed statement.

"As always, we remind members of the public if they see something, say something by contacting law enforcement [about] any suspicious activity," the mayor said.

Arlington Natinoal Cemetery increased security and is checking the IDs of all visitors, including funeral attendees. Anyone age 16 and older has to show ID upon entry.

Iran's options to respond are mostly in the Middle East, where the country could call upon heavily armed allies.

President Donald Trump is not currently in Washington, D.C. He is staying at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he celebrated the new year with family.

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