Esper says he 'didn't see' intel on embassy threats

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's senior aides struggled Sunday to reconcile conflicting statements over the reasons for killing a top Iranian general, including Trump's assertion that attacks were being planned against a quartet of U.S. embassies.

Officials have cited an "imminent" threat from Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Trump suggested in a Fox News interview Friday that the general was readying attacks on four U.S. embassies in the region. No other officials have backed up the assertion.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and national security adviser Robert O'Brien, in a series of television appearances, refused to repeat Trump's assertion.

"I didn't see" any specific intelligence regarding attacks on four embassies, Esper conceded, but he said that "I share the president's view" that the diplomatic posts were "probably" a target. — The Los Angeles Times

Four Iraqi servicemen are injured in air base attack

BAGHDAD — Four members of Iraq's military were wounded Sunday in a rocket attack targeting an air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers were present until recently, Iraqi security officials said.

The attack by at least six rockets came days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that house U.S. forces, causing no casualties.

No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack. — AP

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