Iranian threat against US ambassador foreshadows ‘a Benghazi moment’ in run-up to 2020 election

A reported threat against the U.S. ambassador to South Africa raises the specter that Iran will seek to use a high-profile terrorist attack or assassination to upend the 2020 presidential election, according to U.S. analysts.

“Iran understands how vivid such a Benghazi moment could be for the Trump administration,” said Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu, referring to the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya that claimed the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “Therefore, the idea of an attack against an American official has not receded from their minds.”

U.S. intelligence officials reportedly have warned Ambassador Lana Marks that she may be
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