US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, photo by Reuters

US Secretary of Defense Esper and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff along with other senior administration officials declined to confirm US President’s allegation that four US embassies had been targeted for attack by Iran.

Iran Press/America: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he "didn't see" specific evidence that the late Commander of Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)  Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies.

"The president didn't cite a specific piece of evidence. What he said was he believed," Esper told CBS News on Sunday. "I didn't see one, with regard to four embassies.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, also said that President Trump and top administration officials are "fudging" intelligence to justify the strike that martyred Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.

"When you hear the president out there on Fox, he is fudging the intelligence," Schiff said Sunday.

US President Donald Trump claimed earlier that the terrorist attack that martyred Lt Gen Soleimani, was justified because there was an "imminent" threat to American service members and diplomats.

Members of Congress, however, have raised questions as to the nature of the threat following briefings on the strike that the administration conducted with all members of the House and Senate.

Congressional Democrats have argued the intelligence they were presented did not demonstrate there was an "imminent" threat to US personnel in the region.

Trump asserted in an interview with Fox News on Friday that "it would've been four embassies" that were attacked.

US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that it is difficult “to know exactly what the targets are.”

The late Commander of Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani, who had traveled to Iraq on the official invitation of the Iraqi officials, was assassinated by the US air-raid in Baghdad on January 3, 2020, along with the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and 8 companions.


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