The tension within the Middle East remains and may escalate as Iran has threatened to hit Israel and Dubai with bomb attacks if President Donald Trump of the US carries out any retaliatory attack. Recall that Iran had earlier struck the military bases housing the US forces in Iraq with ballistic missiles in what it called revenge for the US airstrike that killed its top military commander, Qassem Soleimani.
After the missile attack, which allegedly killed 80 “American terrorists”, consistent with Iran’s local media, the country’s Revolutionary Guard warned the US and its allies against further retaliation, Daily Mail reports, citing a press release published by Iran’s state-run IRNA press agency.
“We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted,” the statement reads partly.
Trump also said Iran “appeared to be standing down” even as he said that the US is prepared to embrace peace. He, however, vowed to impose new sanctions on Iran as a results of the retaliatory attack. The US president said the “powerful sanctions” will remain until Iran changes its behaviour. “The US will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” President Trump was quoted to have said.