Trump threatens to attack 52 Iranian states from his recent tweet

President Donald Trump warned Iran on Saturday that if it retaliates for killing Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of its top leaders, it will face U.S. attacks on 52 sites, an amount he said was symbolic.

The president tweeted that when 52 American diplomats and civilians were detained for 444 days, the number of targets exceeded the number of hostages taken by Iran in 1979.
"Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran attacks any American or American facilities, we have...... targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran several years ago), some at a very high level and important to Iran and Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD," he said. "The United States no longer wants attacks!"
Trump's message has been loosely worded, but the Security Council of the United Nations seems to suggest that it is illegal to target cultural heritage sites.
The tweet came after a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, was quoted late on Friday by Tasnim news agency as saying that Iran would punish Americans wherever they are within the control of the Islamic Republic and increased the possibility of attacks on ships in the Gulf.

"The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships are crossing it. ... Iran has long been finding important American targets in the area. ... Nearly 35 U.S. targets in the region and Tel Aviv are within our control," he said.
A U.S. representative Government Publishing Office said its Federal Depository Library Program website was compromised on Saturday night and investigated by authorities.

While officials did not say who is responsible for the hack, blame was assumed by a group that claimed to be Iranian hackers.
"An intrusion was detected on the FDLP website of the GPO that was taken down," Gary Somerset, spokesman for the GPO, said in a statement. "The other sites of GPO are fully operational and we are conducting further inquiries with the appropriate authorities." The White House and the FBI refused to comment on the hacking.The U.S. Sunday, too. In a statement, Central Command said two early evening attacks, including rocket fire, were taking place near Iraqi bases hosting American and coalition forces. No injuries have been reported to members of the coalition service.

"The Iraqi bases that house anti-ISIS Coalition troops have improved security and protective measures," Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a coalition spokesman In a quote, he said.


At Baghdad airport on Friday, Soleimani, the influential commander of Iran's secret Quds Force, was killed by drone strikes. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted later: "Iran's great nation will take revenge on this horrific crime."
Trump said the attack was carried out on Friday to prevent war and further bloodshed in future operations for Americans targeted by Soleimani.

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