As the world awaits the next move in the intensifying stand-off between the United States and Iran, President Donald Trump made clear on Saturday night that if Iran decides to strike at any American asset, interest or personnel, that he has a specific list of Iranian targets that the U.S. military will light up.
In a stunning, Saturday night social media post, Trump warned Iran that America has their sights trained on 52 Iranian targets, which is one for every U.S. hostage held in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran.
“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!” Trump wrote in his lengthy threat to the rogue nation on Saturday night.
The president also defended his Thursday evening surprise drone strike that resulted in the death of top Iranian military commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters. He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years,” Trump wrote.
BREAKING: US President Trump tweets that if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets, the US will strike 52 pre-determined targets (representing the 52 US hostages taken by Iran at the US embassy in Tehran).
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) January 4, 2020
The president’s warning of 52 targets came a few hours after reports that an Iranian military commander, General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, announced that his country had identified 35 American targets that they were considering should they choose to launch retaliatory strikes.
Earlier on Saturday, several rockets fell inside Bahgdad’s Green Zone and an Iraqi air base that houses U.S. military troops. No fatalities were reported as a result of the attack and nobody has officially claimed responsibility, though it was widely speculated that the rockets originated from Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia groups.
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