The United States will strike “very quickly and very hard” at 52 Iranian targets if attacked by Tehran after the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Suleimani. The President of the United States Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.
“Let this serve as a warning. If Iran strikes Americans or American targets, we are already targeting 52 Iranian targets (representing 52 American hostages captured by Iran many years ago). Some of them are very significant and important for Iran and Iranian culture. The strikes will hit these targets and Iran itself very quickly and very hard. The US no longer wants threats!”— wrote the President of the United States.
Tehran is “very bold” about attacking American targets to take revenge on Washington for “ridding the world of their terrorist leader,” the US President said. According to him, Suleimani was responsible for organizing the attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad, and he prepared attacks in other places.
Later, the President of the United States wrote another tweet.
“The US has just spent $ 2 trillion on military equipment <…> If Iran attacks an American base or any American, we will send some of this perfect new, beautiful weaponry in their direction without delay,” Trump said.
The hostage taking that Trump is talking about took place more than 40 years ago, on November 4, 1979. A group of radical students broke into the building of the US Embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran. They took hostage 66 people who were at that moment in the diplomatic mission. Of these, 52 people were held in captivity from the beginning to the end — for 444 days.
Recall that on January 3, in Baghdad, because of US airstrikes on a convoy of cars near the airport, the commander of the elite al-Quds unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Qasem Suleimani, was killed. The attack was carried out on the orders of Trump, who called the Iranian military leader “terrorist number one.” Suleimani arrived in Iraq to meet with representatives of the Pro-Iranian armed group al-Hashd al-Shabi. Iran promises to take brutal revenge on Washington for the death of the al-Quds commander.