Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House asked for options to strike Iran

White House asked for options to strike Iran

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

Now, through a report just published by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz and The Wall Street Journal, a former White House official who worked under the Trump Administration says that the White House had asked the Pentagon for a military plan to attack Iran back in September of past year. The newspaper reported that the request sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials.

In a statement provided to CNN on Sunday, Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the council, said that it "coordinates policy and provides the President with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats". No one was harmed by the explosions, which landed in a vacant lot, and there was little media attention given the relative frequency of such attacks on Green Zone.

Speaking to an audience of anti-Tehran activists, the longtime Iran hawk said: "The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behaviour". In 2015, while working for a think tank, he wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran".

Tehran is also believed to be unhappy at comments made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he branded Mr Rouhani's regime a "mafia".

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"Even militarily?" asked CNN's Elise Labott. "If they're responsible for the arming and training of these militias, we're going to go to the source".

The Pentagon did agree to come up with options to attack Iran.

In one NSC meeting, then deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel called the attacks in Iraq an "act of war" and called for a decisive U.S. response.

Pompeo said on Friday that the summit, to be held in Warsaw on 13-14 February, would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including on the "important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilising influence".

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