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United States secret operation in Yemen fails to kill Iranian military official

US tried to kill two Iranian chiefs in one day report US tried to kill Iranian commander in Yemen on same night of Soleimani strike: Officials
Deanna Wagner | 12 January, 2020, 23:58

The Iranian government has called for nationwide legal action against Instagram in protest, even going as far as creating a portal on a government website for the app's users to submit examples of posts the social media giant has removed.

The U.S. unsuccessfully attempted to target a second senior Iranian military official on the day as the airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, The Washington Post reports.

A Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement: "We have seen the report of a January 2 airstrike in Yemen, which is long understood as a safe space for terrorists and other adversaries to the United States".

Facebook has admitted to selectively censoring pro-Iranian government Instagram posts about the murdered General Soleimani, as US President Donald Trump hypocritically championed free speech and warned Tehran against censorship.

Instagram is one of the few western social media sites that are not blocked in Iran.

Meanwhile, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei called the move "undemocratic".

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Sheikh Hamad Al Thani further thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran's assistance, support and stance in the face of sanctions imposed on Qatar.

The US government designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization a year ago, in an unprecedented move against a sovereign nation's military.

"We operate under United States sanctions laws, including those related to the U.S. government's designation of the IRGC and its leadership", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Last week, Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of an Iraqi Shia militia group, was among those killed in the United States drone attack near the Baghdad International Airport.

Iranian soccer star Alireza Jahanbakhsh shared a photo of Soleimani with his 1.4 million followers following the General's death.

Details of the takedowns were reported earlier by Coda Story.