President Trump: Soleimani was targeting 4 U.S. embassies

FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

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UPDATED 3:57 PM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020

President Trump is saying Iranian General Qasem Soleimani had been planning attacks on four U.S. embassies before his assassination. On Friday, the president released new details as to why the Pentagon believed Soleimani had been an “imminent” threat to the U.S.

He stated he believed four embassies were being targeted, including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

“We will tell you, probably, it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad,” stated President Trump. “I can reveal that I believe it probably would’ve been four embassies.”

Sources said Congress members were not given this information during a briefing earlier this week.

An Iraqi soldier stands guard in front of the U.S. embassy while firefighters work on putting out a fire set by pro-Iranian militiamen and their supporters, in front of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

In addition to this planned takedown effort, the U.S. was also reportedly targeting a high-ranking commander in Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps in Yemen. However, the mission to take out the Abdul Reza Shahlai was unsuccessful.

Reports said the move would have devastated the leadership of the Quds Force, which has been designated as a terror organization. Pentagon officials allegedly said the U.S. could go after Shahlai again, but for now, the focus remains on deescalating the situation in Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin brief reporters about additional sanctions placed on Iran, at the White House, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Earlier the same day, the Trump administration announced new sanctions on Iran in hopes of stopping its global terrorist activities. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters there’s no doubt Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks on Americans before his death.

“We had specific information on an imminent threat, and that threat stream included attacks on U.S. embassies — period, full stop,” he stated. “It was very clear Qasem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large scale attack against American interests.”

Pompeo pointed out that any member of Congress can access obtained intelligence regarding the threats to see for themselves the attacks planned by the Iranian leader were imminent.

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