The United States targets 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks Americans: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that the United States points to 52 sites in I ran and it will hit them very fast and very hard if it attacks US personnel or assets.

In a tweet defending Friday's drone strike assassination of a top I ran ian general in Iraq Trump said that 52 represents the number of Americans held hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran for more than a year from the end of 1979.

Trump said some of these sites are "at a very high level & important to I ran & the I ran ian culture, and those targets, and I ran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!"

Trump took to Twitter after pro- I ran factions ramped up pressure on US installations across Iraq with missiles and warnings to Iraq i troops -- part of an outburst of fury over the killing of Soleimani, described as the second most-powerful man in I ran .

The attack has caused fears of a great conflagration in the Middle East.

In the first signs of a possible retaliation response, two mortar shots hit an area near the US embassy in Baghdad On Saturday, security sources told AFP.

Almost simultaneously, two rockets crashed into the Al-Balad air base where US troops are deployed, security sources said.

The Iraq i military confirmed the missile attacks in Baghdad and on al-Balad and said there were no casualties.

The US military also said there were no injuries in the coalition troops.

With Americans wondering fearfully if, how and where I ran will hit back for the assassination, the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin that said "at this time there is no specific, credible threat against the homeland."