White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

President Donald Trump's National Security Council asked the Pentagon to develop plans for U.S. military action against Iran past year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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 White House in Washington, US, November 6, 2018. The newspaper reported that the request sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials.

Bolton made the request after three mortars were fired into Baghdad's diplomatic zone - where the USA embassy is located - by Iran-affiliated militants, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The decision was prompted by three mortars being fired into a diplomatic quarter in Baghdad in September, the newspaper said.

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

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Garrett Marquis, speaking for the National Security Council responded to the report by stating it 'coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats'.

"We continue to review the status of our personnel following attempted attacks on our embassy in Baghdad and our Basra consulate, and we will consider a full range of options to preserve their safety and our interests", a spokesperson for the NSC said.

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. "It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran".

On Sunday, Iran's foreign ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat in protest at Poland jointly hosting a global summit with the U.S. focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported.

Tension between the USA and Iran has been slowly building throughout Trump's presidency.

While Bolton's approach has seen him butt heads with a number of people in Trump's Cabinet - most notably former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - he has found an ally in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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