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White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials

A Iran Air Force F-7 Airguard in Vahdati Airbase Air Show Wall Street Journal: Admin requested plans last year to attack Iran
Pablo Mccormick | 14 January, 2019, 07:41

As a think-tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Mr. Bolton repeatedly urged the U.S.to attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled, "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran".

The request, which could lead to direct military confrontation between Iran and the United States, raised concern in the Pentagon.

In early September, an Iraqi militia with ties to Iran launched mortars towards the U.S. embassy in Baghdad's diplomatic district.

The White House's national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US Embassy, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

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"It definitely rattled people", a former senior USA administration official said of the request.

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 shells landed in an open lot and no one was hurt.

Later in the month, US National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a stark public warning to Tehran: "There will be hell to pay" if Iran continued to "cross" the US and its allies. "People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran", former USA high-ranking official told The WSJ.

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Tensions between the USA and Iran have risen significantly ever since Donald Trump's election as President.

Later Sunday, Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning told CNN that the department "is a planning organization and provides the President military options for a variety of threats; routinely reviewing and updating plans and activities to deal with a host of threats, including those posed by Iran, to deter and, if necessary, to respond to aggression".

He has worked with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in implementing a more hardline approach to Iran since taking office. The Iranians could do plenty of damage to us if they chose to retaliate.

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