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The US launched a failed strike against another Iranian commander in Yemen on the same day as the Qasem Soleimani's killing
WASHINGTON — The same day Gen. Qasem Soleimani was killed in Iraq, American forces also carried out an unsuccessful strike targeting a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to multiple news outlets.
Anonymous U.S. officials told The Washington Post, which broke the news, that the mission targeted Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and top military commander for Iran's Quds Force who has been active in Yemen. In Yemen, Iran is supporting the Houthi rebels, who are fighting forces backed by Saudi Arabia.
If true, the second operation would raise questions over whether the airstrike against Soleimani was part of an effort to take down the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which includes the Quds Force, or to prevent an imminent attack on Americans, as the White House has cited.
Lawmakers in both parties are still searching for a rationale behind the strike ordered by President Donald Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday morning dodged questions asking for specifics of the "imminent attack."
In a promo for an interview set to air on Fox News host Laura Ingraham's Friday night show, Trump said an attack would "probably" have occurred at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He added that four embassies were targeted.
The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to limit Trump from ordering further military action against Iran, though the vote was largely symbolic and done mostly along party lines.
The United States has offered a $15 million reward for information about Shahlai, according to The New York Times, and accused him of a failed 2011 plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.
Soleimani was a gifted military strategist seen by the Iranian public as a figure who stood up against American encroachment. Though not elected to public office, he was a powerful figure in Iran, reportedly second to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The general has played a prominent role in fighting Islamic State and building coalitions between Iran and other militia groups throughout the Middle East.
But Soleimani was despised by top American military officials who said that under his watch more than 500 American service members were killed by Iraqi Shiite militants between 2005 and 2011.
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Though the Army has yet to actually set an official recruiting goal for this year, leaders are confident they're going to bring in more soldiers than last year.
Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, head of Army Recruiting Command, told reporters on Wednesday that the Army was currently 2,226 contracts ahead of where it was in 2019.
"I will just tell you that this time last year we were in the red, and now we're in the green which is — the momentum's there and we see it continuing throughout the end of the year," Muth said, adding that the service hit recruiting numbers in February that haven't been hit during that month since 2014.
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Reservists and Guard members are required to undergo the same training as specialized active-duty troops, and they face the same risks. Yet the extra incentive pay they receive for their work — called hazardous duty incentive pay — is merely a fraction of what their active-duty counterparts receive for performing the same job.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, D-3 of Moorestown, are partnering on legislation to correct the inequity. Known as the Guard and Reserve Hazard Duty Pay Equity Act, the bill seeks to standardize payment of hazardous duty incentive pay for all members of the armed services, including Reserve and National Guard components.
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