HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A senior Obama administration official says no one in the U.S. government is aware of a plot for an attack on subway systems in the U.S. and Paris.
Iraq's prime minister says his country's intelligence operation has uncovered the plot. But the U.S. official says the plot was never brought up in meetings with Iraqi officials this week in New York.
Meanwhile, Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Steven Palazzo both agree that ISIS and other terrorist groups are serious threats that needs to be dealt with, but they're also concerned about the length of time that it will take to defeat them.
"We have a right of self-defense and the best defense right now is to help reduce their capacity to wage war against United States' interests and our allies' interests," Cochran said. "So, it's serious business and I'm hopeful this won't last too long," he said.
"(President Obama) needs to meet the threat and we've given him the ability to meet the threat where ever it is," said Rep. Palazzo. "And it needs to be tackled, but we also need to figure out long-term, how are we going to avoid these kinds of conflicts in the region," he said.
Cochran and Palazzo were in Hattiesburg Thursday afternoon to open the campaign headquarters for the Forrest-Lamar Republican Party.