Trump’s threats draw Iran’s cultural sites into tensions

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AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's ancient and rich cultural landscape has become a potential U.S. military target as Washington and Tehran lob threats and take high-stakes steps toward a possible open conflict. President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening that if Iran attacks any American assets to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general, the U.S. has 52 targets across the Islamic Republic that "WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD." Some are "important to Iran & Iranian culture," Trump wrote on Twitter. That vague comment drew immediate anger across Iran. "I'm not sure when he says cultural sites, does he for example mean our Persepolis?" said Mehrdad Khadir, a cultural and political analyst in Tehran, referring to the ancient ruins
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