White House asked for options to strike Iran after Baghdad attack

U.S. sought options to strike Iran in September- media

Now, through a report just published by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz and The Wall Street Journal, a former White House official who worked under the Trump Administration says that the White House had asked the Pentagon for a military plan to attack Iran back in September of a year ago. The three mortars, however, landed in an open lot and nobody was harmed in the attack.

Although the Pentagon obeyed the request by the council, the Journal reported, it is unknown whether or not the plans for striking Iran were ever fully developed or even provided to the White House. "The request, which hasn't been previously reported, generated concern at the Pentagon and State Department, current and former USA officials say". "People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran".

Two days later, unidentified fighters fired three rockets that hit close to the United States consulate in the southern city of Basra but caused no serious damage.

Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the council, told the Journal that it "coordinates policy and provides the President with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats".

While the Pentagon complied with National Security Council's request, it was not clear whether Mr Trump knew of the request or whether plans to strike Iran were seriously considered, the Journal reported.


Mr Trump earlier a year ago announced his decision to pull his country out of the Joint Plan of Comprehensive Action (JPCOA) agreement aimed at preventing Iran developing nuclear weapons.

The US blamed Iran for the attack, despite Tehran's categorical denial.

Tehran is also believed to be unhappy at comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he branded Mr Rouhani's regime a "mafia". The Pentagon did agree to come up with options to attack Iran.

Pompeo said on Friday that the summit, to be held in Warsaw on 13-14 February, would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilising influence".

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