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After the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, Trump followed up on Twitter by threatening to strike cultural sites if Iran dared to attack the United States.

@melissaetehad and and @sarahparvini report:  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-01-07/iran-culture-trump-heritage 

While Trump did not specify which sites he might wish to target, Iran is home to 22 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ancient ruins of Persepolis, pictured below. 📸: Eric Lafforgue/Getty Images  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-01-07/iran-culture-trump-heritage 

International law bans the targeting of cultural sites, and indeed, Trump’s fulminations evoked some comparisons online to a terrorist act — for example, the destruction of the ancient stone Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in 2001. 📸: Leisa Tyler/Getty Images

Trump’s threat drew international condemnation, with critics noting that deliberately attacking cultural monuments is likely a war crime.

On Monday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper insisted that the United States had no plan for attacking such sites.  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-01-07/iran-culture-trump-heritage 


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