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Thursday, 13 June 2024 – 05:20

Trump sends warning as tensions continue to rise in the Middle East

US President Donald Trump has warned that he has a list of “52 Iranian targets” which he would “hit very fast and very hard” if the US or US citizens were attacked by Iran.

Tensions have been continuing to rise in recent days since the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani by a US airstrike which was launched at the instruction of US President Donald Trump. Iranian MPs have been chanting “death to America” while thousands have been mourning the death of the late General.

Recent tweets by the US President have been heavily criticised by Iran as being threats of war crimes. In particular, Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif described threats by Mr Trump as breaches of international law. In a tweet, Mr Trump said;

“Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have 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.”

On Saturday, a rocket fell near the US embassy in Baghdad, although no casualties were reported. Two rockets have also fallen near Iraq’s Balad airbase, one which houses US forces – no casualties were reported.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that the UK is looking to de-escalate and stabilise the situation. It is also understood that he will be meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington next week. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has been facing growing criticism for failing to cut short his Caribbean holiday to address the tensions in the Middle East.


Photo Credit: Shealah Craighead, Official White House Photo released in the Public Domain

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