White House asked Pentagon for Iran strike plans

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

The report goes on to state that it is not known whether Trump was aware of the request.

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

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

The White House demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on Iran after attacks in Iraq past year, sparking concern at the Pentagon and State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The Journal, citing conversations with people familiar with the talks, also reported that the council requested options for launching strikes at both Iraq and Syria when they made the request for Iran.

But they triggered unusual alarm in Washington, where Mr. Trump's national security team led by John Bolton conducted a series of meetings to discuss a forceful American response, including what many saw as the unusual request for options to strike Iran.

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

Official White House policy does not call for regime change in Iran, and Bolton has said he would implement the President's agenda. According to the Wall Street Journal, the request was made after several shells landed in Baghdad's green zone, near the United States embassy last September.

The Pentagon complied with the National Security Council's request to develop options for striking Iran, the officials said.

Before joining the Trump administration, Bolton argued repeatedly that the USA should attack Iran and had supported regime change in the country.

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

In the same month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also stated the US was willing to target Iran for the actions of its allies in Iraq.

Pompeo told Fox News that dozens of countries would attend the summit which would aim to "build out the global coalition" opposed to Iranian policies in the region.

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