Iran monitors 35 US targets; ‘Unite’ against the US; Hezbollah threatened US and Israel
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 4 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Iran will punish Americans wherever they are within its reach – Guards commander
Iran will punish Americans wherever they are within reach of the Islamic Republic in retaliation for the killing of miliary commander Qassem Soleimani, Tasnim news agency quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander as saying.
General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, the commander of the Guards in the southern province of Kerman, raised the prospect of possible attacks on ships in the Gulf.
Iran reserved the right to take revenge against the United States for the death of Soleimani, he said in comments made late on Friday and reported on Saturday by Tasnim.
“The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there … 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,” he said.
Iraqi commander calls for ‘unity’ against US
An Iraqi commander on Friday called on all national forces in the country to unite against the US, following the killing of an Iranian top commander in a US airstrike in Iraq’s capital Bagdad, Anadolu Agency reports.
Hadi Al-Amiri, the commander of Badr Organization affiliated with Hashd al-Shaabi – an Iran-backed militant group, known also as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
Al-Amiri’s statement came following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force and Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi.
Al-Amiri, also leading the pro-Iran Fatah Alliance and known for his close ties with Soleimani and al-Muhandis, described the attack as “a dirty crime.”
Hezbollah, Iran warn U.S., Israel of ‘decisive’ response to Soleimani killing
The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah said the response of the Iran-backed “axis of resistance” to the killing of a top Iranian military commander by the U.S. will be decisive, al-Mayadeen TV reported Saturday. The remarks were made shortly after Iranian official said they’ve identified potential targets in U.S. and Tel Aviv that can be struck in retaliation.
Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital’s international airport that has caused regional tensions to soar.
The leader of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc in Lebanon, Mohamed Raad, was referring to a swathe of Iran-backed groups from Lebanon to Yemen which have increased Tehran’s military influence in the region.
Raad said the United States “made an error” in targeting Soleimani and that they will recognize that in the coming days, the channel reported.
Additionally, Iran said it will punish Americans wherever they are within reach of the Islamic Republic in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, Tasnim news agency quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander as saying earlier in the day.
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Source: Reutersр MEMO, Ynet