US Tried But Failed To Kill Another Top Iranian Commander, Officials Say

It happened the same day as Iran's General Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike.

The US tried but failed to take out another high-ranking Iranian commander on the same day an American airstrike killed General Qassem Soleimani, American officials have said.

General Soleimani, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, died in an airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump.

Officials say they also targeted Abdul Reza Shahla'i, a high-ranking figure in Iran's Islamic Republican Guard Corps, but the airstrike on 2 January was not successful.

The Pentagon would not discuss the highly-classified operation.

"We have seen the report of a January 2 air strike in Yemen, which is long-understood as a safe space for terrorists and other adversaries to the United States," Pentagon spokeswoman, Navy Commander Rebecca Rebarich, said.

"The Department of Defense does not discuss alleged operations in the region," she added.

Cover image: General Qassem Soleimani (Picture: PA).