The Los Angeles Police and Sheriff's departments said they are monitoring events in the Middle East after an air strike at Baghdad's international airport that killed a top Iranian military commander.
At 9:52 p.m. Thursday, the LAPD tweeted, "While there is no credible threat to Los Angeles, the LAPD is monitoring the events developing in Iran. We will continue to communicate with state, local, federal and international law
enforcement partners regarding any significant intel that may develop."
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva echoed those statements.
"Nearly every nationality in the world can be found in the county of Los Angeles," Villanueva said in a statement Friday. "Keeping all residents and visitors safe is always a top priority. We at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are aware of the unfolding events in the Middle East.
"At this time, there are no specific credible threats to the Los Angeles area. Our sheriff's Intelligence Unit is working with our local, state and federal partners to monitor and investigate any potential threats should they arise."
Earlier Thursday, Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. Pentagon-
launched air raid okayed by President Donald Trump.
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Iran vowed "harsh retaliation" as tensions rooted in the White House's decision in May 2018 to withdraw the U.S. from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers soared in the wake of the strike.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for three days of public mourning. The country's foreign minister called the strike "an act of state terrorism and violation of Iraq’s sovereignty."