US prepared to strike 52 Iranian sites ‘very fast and very hard’ – Trump

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President Trump has warned that the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and can hit them “very fast and very hard” if American personnel or assets are attacked.

In a tweet that defended the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Iraq on Friday, Trump said the figure represents the number of Americans who were held hostage at the US embassy in Tehran for more than a year from 1979.

Trump then tweeted again on Saturday night to warn Iran that the US will hit Iran “harder than they have ever been hit before”.

He followed up with another tweet, saying the US would use new military equipment “without hesitation” if the Iranians retaliated.

-Noah Harte