Iran has identified 35 targets around the Middle East as punishment for the US executing general Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian official claims.
The country's leadership has vowed revenge after the US-ordered execution of the powerful Iranian general.
Iran has pledged to target Americans wherever they are within reach in retaliation for the killing, Tasnim news agency has today 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 – also warning Tel Aviv in Israel, is within reach.
The threats come amid high tensions worldwide and concentrating in the GUl, with rockets falling near a US Embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad earlier today.
At least five people were injured as rockets fell in the Iraqi city's Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions.
The incident comes a day after US President Donald Trump ordered the drone execution of Soleimani at Baghdad Airport, sparking fears echoed around social media of the threat of a "World War III".
Iran's country's supreme leader Ali Khamenei stoked global fears of war as he vowed revenge over his general's death, adding: "I and the government and the nation of Iran strongly condemn this American crime."
Iran reserved the right to take revenge against the US for the death of Soleimani, Mr Abuhamzeh added in comments made late on Friday and reported on by Tasnim today.
"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 US targets in the region as well as Tel Aviv are within our reach," he said.
An expert on the region speculated the targets could include key ally states and assets around the Middle East.
Eric Edelman, a former ambassador to Turkey during George W. Bush's presidency said Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain are likely targets for Iran's wrath.
Iran had already attacked the computer networks of oil and gas targets run by Saudi and Qatar interests.
Mr Edelman said the plots could also reach far beyond the Gulf region, telling Time today: “They will look for ways to hit us where we don’t expect it,” he says.
“But they will be patient. When their nose is bloodied, they tend to take a step back and reassess, before making the next move.”
Another expert, Douglas Silliman, also told the magazine's website that American targets and allies in the region faced danger.
He said strikes may not necessarily come against American targets, as Iran had a history of targeting Saudi oil facilities and shipping.
He warned that people with links to American personnel in the region could also come into Iran's crosshairs.
Mr Silliman speculated: “There are plenty of American targets in the Gulf… not just soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines, but spouses and children as well.”
Donald Trump said after the strike: “What the United States did yesterday should have been done long ago. A lot of lives would have been saved.
“Just recently, Soleimani led the brutal repression of protesters in Iran, where more than 1,000 innocent civilians were tortured and killed by their own government.
“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”
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