US threatens to hit key Iranian sites if Tehran retaliates over Soleimani’s death

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President Donald Trump has warned Iran that the United States has 52 targets in sight which are “at a very high level and important to Iran and Iranian culture.” Trump lambasted Iran’s vow to avenge the killing of its top General Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike on January 3.

In a tweet on January 4, the US president had a stern warning to Iran not to attempt any retaliation: “[…] Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have…..” The tweet continued: “….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!”

Missiles fired near US embassy in Iraq

The US embassy in Baghdad and American troops stationed across the country have been facing rocket attacks in recent months, which are believed to be from Iranian-backed militants in Iraq.

Iran’s allies for potential retaliation

A network that was developed over two decades by General Soleimani lists Iranian allies from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and the Gaza Strip:

The Shiite militias in Iraq have been trained and financed by Iran. These groups include Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Kataeb Hezbollah and the Badr Organization which had close ties to Soleimani.

Hezbollah was formed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during Lebanon’s civil war in the 1980s. It is the most effective armed group based in Lebanon, backed by Iran.

Based in Yemen, the Shiite rebels known as the Houthis are supported by Iran.

Tehran is said to provide military support to Palestinian-based Hamas’s armed wing.

Originally published at on January 5, 2020.

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