President Donald Trump responded in a big way on this weekend to Iran’s threat of “retaliation” for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.
The president warned Iran that should it decide to strike back in revenge, the United States has 52 Iranian sites in its crosshairs and that the U.S. response would be “very fast and very hard,” Breitbart reported.
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President Trump’s warning for Iran came on Saturday via Twitter.
“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader,” the president wrote while proceeding to justify the killing of Soleimani.
“Let this serve as a WARNING,” Trump continued, “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 exclaimed.
Here, Trump was referring to the pledge of retaliation made by Iran for the U.S. killing on Friday of Soleimani, the leader of that nation’s elite Quds Force. And there have been signs that Iran may have already taken some action in that direction.
On Saturday, two mortar rounds were fired near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. At the same time, two rockets hit the Al-Balad airbase where deployed American troops are housed.
Both attacks were confirmed by Iraq, while the U.S. military, thankfully, reported that no one was injured. But now, officials are trying to determine whether Iran was behind the attacks and, of course, whether they were designed to be retaliatory in nature.
Part of the difficulty is that no one has come forward to claim responsibility for the attacks. It is being reported, however, that a pro-Iran faction inside Iraq requested that civilians move away from known locations of U.S. forces by 5 p.m. on Sunday, a timeline that corresponds to a parliamentary session during which the pro-Iran faction was expected to push for a measure to force American troops out of the country.
In the meantime, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has stated that “at this time there is no specific, credible threat against the homeland.”
For now, we will have to wait and to see whether Iran chooses to retaliate or if its leadership decides to heed Trump’s warning and avoid a rapid escalation of hostilities.