US Targeted Second Iran Commander On Day Of Soleimani Killing, Says Report

The U.S. military tried to kill a second Iranian commander on the same night that they killed Quds Force commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a report said.

Instagram has been removing posts supporting Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military leader who was killed by an American strike on January 3, CNN reports.

President Donald Trump on Thursday stated that United States killed Soleimani in part because "they were looking to blow up our embassy".

In December, Protest Department Particular Representative for Iran Brian Hook announced the administration changed into once offering "up to $15 million for knowledge on the monetary activities, networks, and friends of Abdul Reza Shahlai".

The US State Department has announced a reward of Dollars 5 million on Shahlai, who was involved in a botched 2011 operation to assassinate a Saudi Arabian envoy in Washington, DC.

"Shahlai has a long history of attacks Americans and our allies globally", Hook said. "The Department of Defense does not discuss alleged operations in the region", she added. The killing escalated tensions between Iran-US relations.

Iran has provided support and training to the Houthi rebels in their battle against a coalition backed by Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional foe.

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It was uncertian if Shahlai may have been part of that broader plot.

"This poses an immediate threat to freedom of information in Iran", the federation said in a statement.

Those US sanctions have driven down Iranian crude sales, the Islamic Republic's main source of revenues, but so far have not brought Iran back to the negotiating table to discuss a new nuclear pact as sought by Trump.

Trump issued an executive order adding additional USA sanctions to an already long list his administration has imposed, aiming to force Iran to accept a new agreement that would curb its nuclear program and halt support for militant groups throughout the Middle East.

Facebook has confirmed to CNN that it pulled posts and accounts supporting slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to obey U.S. sanctions against the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its leaders.

After killing Soleimani, USA held that he was plotting "imminent" attacks on Americans and American interests. Officials are also not talking about what specifically the justification for the attack was.

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