President Donald Trump said that if Tehran continues to threaten the US, it is ready to attack 52 locations in Iran, including Iranian cultural sites and sites that they deemed essential to the country.
President Donald Trump on Saturday night tweeted the threat after Iran’s leadership vowed to avenge the US assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and one of the Middle East’s most powerful military figures.
Trump wrote, “Iran is talking very boldly about targeting some United States assets as revenge for our being freed to free the world of its terrorist leader, who just sent an American Had killed, and severely injured many others, not to mention all the people he had died in his lifetime.
“It serves as a warning,” the president said, “that if Iran has any Americans or American property attacks, we have… 52 Iranian sites targeted (52 Americans taken by Iran many years ago) The representation of hostages), at some very high levels and essential to Iran and Iranian culture, and those goals, and Iran itself, will be hit very fast and very difficult. Received no wants more risks!
On November 4, 1979, armed Iranian students aligned with the Iranian government took 52 Americans hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran during Iran’s Islamic Revolution. American diplomats spent six days in captivity until they were released on January 20, 1961.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and its Supreme National Security Council have vowed to “take strong revenge” for the death of Soleimani, revered by many Iranians.
The council said it had decided on how to respond to US aggression, although the details or extent of that response is still unknown.
Although Trump said he ordered airstrikes to prevent Soleimani from directing attacks on Americans, experts are worried that targeting such high-level Iranian military figures in Iraq’s land would be a significant threat to the US. Destabilizes the military’s foothold.
Iran is armed outside the scenes and linked to thousands of fighters, many of whom were empowered by Soleimani leadership, both in Iraq and Syria, as well as neighboring countries.
In anticipation of Iran’s response, Trump ordered the deployment of 3,000 more troops to the Midwest to serve as reinforcements.
The UN Security Council considers it a war crime for any army to deliberately target or destroy sites of cultural heritage, including museums and religious and archaeological sites.
After the Pentagon claimed responsibility for killing Solimani, Trump said on Friday that he had a ‘deep respect’ for the Iranians and praised his ‘incredible legacy.’
The White House did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment.
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