Iran strike con­sid­ered

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton: The White House’s na­tional se­cu­rity team last year asked the Pen­tagon to pro­vide it with op­tions for strik­ing Iran af­ter a group of mil­i­tants aligned with Te­heran fired mor­tars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the US Em­bassy, a source fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said yes­ter­day.

The source said the Pen­tagon drew up op­tions in re­sponse to the re­quest.

Cit­ing cur­rent and for­mer US of­fi­cials, the news­pa­per re­ported that the re­quest sparked deep con­cern among Pen­tagon and State Depart­ment of­fi­cials.

The Wall Street Jour­nal said it was not clear whether the op­tions were pro­vided to the White House, whether Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump knew of the re­quest or whether se­ri­ous plans for a US strike on Iran took shape at that time. — Reuters

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