Several US lawmakers and officials have dismissed President Donald Trump’s new claim the US assassinated Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani because he was planning an attack on four American embassies in the region, including the one in Iraq.
In an interview on Friday, Trump said Iran probably had targeted the US embassy in Baghdad and was aiming to attack four US embassies when it killed Soleimani.
“We will tell you probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad,” Trump claimed. “I can reveal that I believe it would have been four embassies.”
The previous day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said that the US didn’t have information about specific targets, only that attacks were imminent. “We don’t know when, we don’t know where,” he said.
But two unnamed senior officials, including one in the Defense Department, said that they were aware only of vague intelligence about a plot against the embassy in Baghdad.