Officials from Saudi Arabia warned that Iran is poised to carry out attacks both on the kingdom and on targets in Kurdish-populated Northern Iraq. These attacks are intended to distract its restless population from the ongoing protests that have roiled the country since the death of Iranian Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini at the hands of morality police for allegedly violating the country's rules on how women should dress in public.
The latest report from the group Human Rights Activists in Iran noted that at least 288 people have been killed and 14,160 arrested during the protests.
Nasser Kanani, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded to the report by calling it a "baseless" accusation aimed at tarnishing Tehran's relations with its Middle Eastern neighbors.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the establishment and improvement of stability and security in the region to be possible through constructive engagement with neighbors and will pursue it seriously," he said.
Iran has countered by alleging, without providing substantial evidence, that Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Israel and non-state actors in the region including Iranian Kurdish organizations, were behind the unrest and antigovernment protests.
Last month, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, warned Saudi Arabia to tone down coverage of the protests in Iran by Farsi-language news channels, including Iran International, a Saudi-owned satellite television channel based in London popular with the Iranians in the country and in the diaspora.
"This is our last warning, because you are interfering in our internal affairs through these media," said Salami in remarks reported in state media channels during military drills. "You are involved in this matter and know that you are vulnerable."
An official who confirmed the intelligence shared by Riyadh described the threat of an attack as credible, and could happen "soon or within 48 hours." However, no U.S. embassy or consulate in the region has issued any kind of alert or guidance to Americans in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the Middle East.
The U.S. responded to the Saudi reports by saying it is concerned for the security of the region and will not hesitate to respond if necessary.
"We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis," said the National Security Council (NSC) in a statement. "We will not hesitate to act in the defense of our interests and partners in the region." (Related: The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Russia, Iran forge alliance amid Western sanctions.)
The Department of Defense's statement on the matter echoed that of the NSC, with Pentagon's Director of Public Affairs Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder saying the department is in constant communication with its counterparts in Saudi Arabia "in terms of what information they may have to provide on that front."
"But what we've said before, and I'll repeat it, is that we will reserve the right to protect and defend ourselves no matter where our forces are serving, whether in Iraq or elsewhere," said Ryder.
The administration of President Joe Biden has been concerned about a potential attack on Saudi Arabia, other allies in the region and on troops stationed there for some time now. Concerns were heightened after the White House criticized Tehran for its violent crackdown on the protests.
The White House has also condemned and sanctioned Iran for sending military aid to support Russia in its ongoing special military operation. The aid includes hundreds of ballistic missiles and drones.
Watch this clip from the "Daily Dispatch" on InfoWars as host Harrison H. Smith discusses the looming conflict in Iran.