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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the Pasdaran, has threatened to abduct U.S. troops if Washington does not release five Iranian officials detained in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil in a raid on Tehran’s consulate earlier this year, the Italian news agency AdnKronos International has reported.

Citing an article published by the Pasdaran’s mouthpiece, Sobhe Sadegh, AKI reports that the director of the center for strategic studies of the Iranian presidency, Reza Zakeri, also said Iran will retaliate against any further abduction of Iranian nationals.

Five Iranian officials were detained in the Kurdish-controlled city on charges of being connected to a faction of the Pasdaran.

On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms seized an Iranian diplomat as he drove through central Baghdad.

Zakeri wrote in the article, according to the AKI report: “The United States has put together a list including the names of 35 high officials of the Pasdaran and Iran’s atomic agency to kidnap and question them on the military and nuclear potential of the Islamic Republic but if they will try to kidnap even one person our reaction will be harsh and immediate.

“The U.S. military presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Caucasus, central Asia, Europe and Latin America is significant and at the same time extremely isolated and therefore abducting a U.S. soldier in uniform is less expensive than buying a low quality product made in China,” the article also said.

“… It would not be difficult to capture blond men with blue eyes wearing a military uniform, it would just be necessary to open a wallet and be generous,” Zakeri is reported to have written.

A Pentagon official on Tuesday said he had no response to the report.

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