The U.S. has no plans to target Iranian cultural sites in potential strikes, Pentagon chiefs told reporters, despite threats from President Donald Trump issued after Iran vowed retaliation for the U.S. killing of its top general, Qasem Soleimani.
Asked during a press gaggle if the U.S. military would follow Trump’s announced plan to target cultural sites in Iran, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley replied, “We will follow the laws of armed conflict.”
Asked if that meant “no” because targeting cultural sites constitutes a war crime under those laws, the general replied, “That’s the laws of armed conflict.”
Trump on Sunday vowed to hit 52 targets in Iran “very hard” if the country retaliates for the assassinating Soleimani in drone strike in Baghdad on Friday (late Thursday ET). Soleimani was head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ external wing, the elite Quds Force and was considered the second-most powerful leader in Iran, credited with expanding Iran’s influence through proxy networks all over the Middle East.