US President Donald Trump promised to deliver a “quick and powerful blow” to 52 targets in Iran in the event of an attack on the Americans after the assassination of Iranian General Kassem Suleimani. The number of objects symbolizes 52 American hostages «captured by Iran.»
“Let this be a warning. If Iran strikes Americans or American targets, then we have chosen 52 Iranian targets, symbolizing 52 American hostages captured by Iran many years ago, ” Trump wrote on Twitter.
What kind of goals are we talking about, the American president did not specify. According to him, some of them «are very significant and important for Iran and Iranian culture.» “The US no longer wants any threats,” Trump said.
The US President mentioned the hostage taking place in November 1979 at the US Embassy in Tehran. Then radical activists seized the diplomatic mission building and demanded that Washington extradite Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who had fled to the United States before the Islamic Revolution. Some diplomats were released, but 52 people were in captivity for more than a year.
On the night of December 3, the United States struck the area near Baghdad Airport and killed the head of the Al-Quds special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Kassem Suleimani. The attack was carried out on the orders of Trump, who called the Iranian commander «terrorist number one.»
Tehran has promised to avenge the killing of its military and give a «crushing response» to the United States. Iran’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Majid Taht-Ravanchi, has compared the killing of Suleymani with a declaration of war. According to CNN, the US administration expects attacks on its facilities from Tehran within a few weeks.