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Minnesota security expert says Iran threat 'most serious of our lifetime'

Updated: January 05, 2020 10:18 PM

An international security expert based in Minnesota told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the Iran threat of retaliation for the death of an Iranian general is the "worst threat, right now, of our lifetime."

Michael Rozin owns Rozin Security Consulting, LLC, in Minneapolis. He is a former Israeli military and Shin Bet (Israeli equivalent of FBI) agent who has fought terrorism and now offers private counter-terrorism services and also contracts with the U.S. government.

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"This is as serious as I can ever remember and it makes me nervous," Rozin said. "This is a real and significant threat that is not a matter of if but rather when, where and how Iran will strike."

Rozin said Minnesotans should pay close attention to what's developing, because any strike by Iran could have a significant impact on Minnesota and the Midwest.

"They have the capability of hitting soft targets here," he said. "If they were to use a cyberattack on our financial and power grid systems, there would be a catastrophe on our hands and Minnesotans would feel it."

Jay Shahidi is a human rights activist who immigrated to the U.S. from Iran decades ago. He told KSTP even though Iranians do not like their current religious government regime, the attack on Gen. Qassem Soleimani could turn Iranian citizens against the U.S.

"Even those who do not agree with the current regime and want them gone could have a bad reaction to this," Shahidi said. "And I think it could be a mistake to destabilize the region with an act like this, and depending on what China and Russia does will determine how this goes."

Shahidi added, "There is a strong chance there will be more terrorism because of this."

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