Iran War frenzy: Fears dozens of US warships could be hit in revenge attacks

The claims of sinister reprisal were made by General Gholamali Abuhamzeh, just a day after Qud Force leader General Qassem Soleimani was killed by a US drone at Baghdad airport. Abuhamzeh has said that these targets, which include ships in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and Tel Aviv, had been identified “a long tine ago”.

He said: ‘The Strait of Hormuz is a vital point for the West and a large number of American destroyers and warships cross there.

“Some 35 U.S. targets in the region as well as Tel Aviv are within our reach.”

Shia militant group Hezbollah has instructed Iraqi soldiers to keep a distance of least 1,000 meters from U.S. military bases, starting from Sunday.

They said in a statement: “The leaders of the security forces should protect their fighters and not allow them to become human shields to the occupying Crusaders.”

A senior congressman told Time, the aforementioned retaliation attack could reportedly occur “within weeks.”

The staffer said: ‘There is no indication that there is going to be a de-escalation in the near future. The only question is how bad is the retaliation going to be and where and what is it going to hit.’

The State Department said: “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.

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He said that the US made a “grave mistake” in killing Soleimani.

Soleimani’s daughter’ has asked President Rhouani to avenge her father.

She said: “Who is going to avenge my father’s blood?”

He responded: “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.

“This crime committed by the US will go down in history as one of their unforgettable crimes against the Iranian nation.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatolla Ali Khamenei has dubbed the airstrike as ”villainous,” in a series of tweets.

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