SAN FRANCISCO, January 05, (THEWILL) – Gholamali Abuhamzeh, commander of the Guards in the southern province of Kerman in Iran has revealed that his country has identified at least 35 US targets for retaliatory strikes over the death of Qassem Soleimani.
Reuters quoted Abuhamzeh as saying Iran would soon hit and destroy American warships.
“The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there, some 35 US targets in the region, as well as Tel Aviv, are within our reach,” he reportedly said.
Soleimani, an Iranian general, was killed by US forces on the orders of President Donald Trump who described the late general as a threat to Americans, saying he was plotting “imminent and sinister” attacks against US citizens before he was killed in Baghdad, Iraqi capital.
“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump had said at a press conference.
After his death, Iran vowed “harsh revenge”. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US made a “grave mistake” in killing Soleimani and will suffer consequences for years to come.
While visiting Soleimani’s family on Saturday, Rouhani described the airstrike as an “unforgettable crime”.
“The Americans did not realise what a grave mistake they have made. They will suffer the consequences of such criminal measure not only today but also throughout the years to come,” Rouhani said.
“This crime committed by the US will go down in history as one of their unforgettable crimes against the Iranian nation.”