US ‘targeting’ 52 Iranian sites if Tehran retaliates

US 'targeting' 52 Iranian sites if Tehran retaliates
Trump's comment came when tensions between the two countries rises a new high. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times, Washington: President Donald Trump warned if Iran strike against US citizens, assets or interests, the US will retaliate targeting 52 Iranian sites and will strike ‘very fast and very hard’.

His comment came when tensions between the two countries rises a new high following a US airstrike which killed key Irani General Qasem Soleimani.

Iran vowed harsh avenge of this killing.

Trump said on Twitter that Iran is talking boldly about targeting certain USA assets’ in response to Soleimani’s death.

“The US had identified 52 Iranian sites, 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 if Tehran strikes at the US. The USA wants no more threats!” Trump added.

The President said the number 52 represents 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago, indicating the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran.

Shortly after Trumps’ tweet, a US government have been hacked by a group calling themselves “Iran Cyber Security Group Hackers”.

The hackers depict a message from “the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

It says: “We will not stop supporting our friends in the region: the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of Yemen, the people and the Syrian government, the people and government of Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain, the true Mujahideen resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, [they] will always be supported by us.”

“This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability!” [sic], the hackers wrote.

Saturday situation in Baghdad

Trump’s comments were followed by a huge funeral procession for General Soleimani held in Baghdad, where he was killed on Friday by a US drone strike.

Mourners waved Iraqi and militia flags and chanted ”death to America” People were largely carrying Soleimanis’s photos and some of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

His body later returned to Iran for funeral and burial in his home town.

Shortly after the procession, several rocket attacks shook the area, including a Green Zone near the US embassy.

No group is yet to be claimed responsibility, but pro-Ianina militants have been blamed for other recent attacks.