‘US stud­ied op­tions to strike Iran’

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wash­ing­ton — 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

re­ported on Sun­day. The re­quest by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep con­cern among Pen­tagon and State Depart­ment of­fi­cials, the news­pa­per re­ported.

The Pen­tagon com­plied with the re­quest, but it is not known whether the op­tions for an Iran strike were also pro­vided to the White House or if Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump knew about it.

The de­ci­sion to seek op­tions strik­ing Iran was prompted by an in­ci­dent in Septem­ber in which three mor­tars were fired into a diplo­matic quar­ter in Bagh­dad, the news­pa­per said. —

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