Amid escalating tensions in the Middle East between the United States and Iran, President Donald Trump issued a harsh warning against the Persian regime, which in the last 48 hours issued a series of threats about attacks on US targets.
"That it serves as a warning, that if Iran attacks any American or American target, we have 52 Iranian sites targeted (representing the 52 American hostages captured by Iran many years ago), some of very high level and importance for Iran and Iranian culture, AND WILL BE VERY QUICK AND VERY STRONG, "the president wrote.
He added: "The United States doesn't want more threats."RELATED
On Friday morning the military leader and one of the most powerful men of the Persian regime, Qassen Soleimani, died during an operation with an American drone at Baghdad airport, along with other high-profile Shiite leaders.
In another of the messages, the president mentioned Soleimani as a “terrorist leader,” who had just murdered an American, referring to the contractor killed in an attack in Iraq on December 27.
"Not to mention the people who have killed in the past," Trump wrote about who was leader of the Quds Forces, an elite body of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and number two of Ayatollah Ali Khamanei.
The president turned to Twitter after pro-Iranian factions increased pressure on US facilities throughout Iraq with the launch of projectiles, part of a tension escalation unleashed after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, known as the second most powerful man in Iran.
In what appears to be the first retaliatory attack, two mortar shots hit Saturday near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, security sources said. Almost simultaneously, two rockets hit the Al Balad air base where US soldiers are deployed, security sources said.
The Iraqi army confirmed the attacks in Baghdad and Al Balad, and said there were no victims. The US military also reported that there were no injuries among the coalition troops.
On other possible reprisals against the United States, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement in which it states that "at this time there is no specific and credible threat against the country."
In addition, on Saturday the Iranians raised red flags, also known as the ‘revenge flags’, a promise of reprisals for the general’s death. Iranian state television broadcast how the badges were hoisted over the minarets of the venerated Jamkaran mosque in the holy city of Qom. In Shia Islam, the red flags, which have also been raised in the demonstrations of Tehran, symbolize unjustly shed blood and serve as a call to the revenge of the murdered person.
On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students and youths stormed the building of the United States embassy in Tehran, in the midst of an insurrection that threw down the monarchical regime and that went down in history as the Islamic Revolution . With the assault on the diplomatic headquarters they took 52 US citizens hostage, which are those mentioned on Saturday by the US president.
The embassy was extended for 444 days and was the reason for the rupture of relations between the US and Iran. Analysts agree that the one of the last days is the biggest crisis between both countries since then.