President Donald Trump points to supporters after speaking at his Black Voices for Trump rally Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Here’s some news: Ya know the drone attack that took out Soleimani? Well, on the same night, a separate assault targeted a big wig in the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force.
But the attempt failed.
The Washington Post reports that the Yemen mission was intended to neutralize commander/financier Abdul Reza Shahla’i.
As per the State Department, he was central to a 2011 assassination effort against a Saudi Ambassador on U.S. soil.
A Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed the strike to Fox.
Here’s Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich:
“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. The Department of Defense does not discuss alleged operations in the region.”
Those speaking to the Post wouldn’t provide details, but one official offered this:
“If we had killed him, we’d be bragging about it that same night.”
The government is certainly serious about choking off the guard via a clampdown on Abdul.
Last month, the State Department offered a $15 million reward for information leading to Shahla’i and the disruption of the Iran Revolutionary Guards’ financial apparatus. The U.S. has accused the military unit of financially assisting terrorist groups like Hezbollah and becoming involved in world conflicts through the use of proxy forces.
The State Department provided a bit of the target’s CV:
“Shahla’i planned multiple assassinations of coalition forces in Iraq, provided weapons and explosives to Shia extremist groups and planned the January 20, 2007 attack in Karbala, Iraq that killed five American soldiers and wounded three others.”
Sounds like a busy guy.
Perhaps it’s better we missed; otherwise, Trump would be accused of double murder.
I seem to recall great media joy when Navy Seals tracked down Osama bin Laden during Barack’s presidency. There were cheers of victory — “Obama got him!”
Apparently, somethin’s changed.
Maybe Trump’s still got one Democratic cheerleader ready to praise his success — one not opposed to an assassination high five:
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