Iran has long been at odds with the United States, with the tension being measured in decades and not in years.
During the Obama administration, the Persian nation appeared to enjoy a slight reprieve in this conflict, however, as the former US President negotiated a lopsided nuclear deal with the inflammatory Middle Eastern rabble-rousers.
Donald Trump isn’t Barack Obama, however, and the saber-rattling of Tehran has not gone over so well during No. 45’s first term. After an Iran-backed militia attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, Trump sprung into action, ordering an airstrike that killed one of Iran’s most sadistic military leaders, General Qasem Soleimani.
Now, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is threatening retaliation.
A senior military official in Iran threatened an attack on some 35 “American targets,” including “destroyers and warships” near the Persian Gulf Friday night, promising to seek revenge for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, according to a report.
The latest threat against the U.S. came late Friday night from senior Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Gholamali Abuhamzeh, a day after top Iranian military general Soleimani was wiped out by an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport.
Abuhamzeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the southern province of Kerman, foreshadowed a possible attack on “vital American targets” located in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation of Soleimani’s death.
The threats continued.
“The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there,” Abuhamzeh said according to a Reuters report, citing Tasnim news agency.
“Vital American targets in the region have been identified by Iran since long time ago … some 35 U.S. targets in the region, as well as Tel Aviv, are within our reach.”
There are concerns about possible terror and cyber attacks on the American mainland as well, with cities such as New York and Los Angeles announcing that they will be ramping up security efforts meant to combat such action.
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