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White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials

Pentagon officials ‘rattled’ by Trump White House request for military options to attack Iran: report White House Requested Military Options to Attack Iran, Rattling Officials
Patty Aguilar | 14 January, 2019, 07:42

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 previous year. It isn't clear whether the information compiled by the Pentagon was relayed to the White House or whether Trump was aware of the request, the newspaper said.

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.

"It definitely rattled people", one former senior USA administration official told the Wall Street Journal.

According to the report, the request - which reportedly "rattled" Pentagon and State Department officials - followed a mortar attack on into Baghdad's diplomatic district, home to the U.S. Embassy.

According to the paper, Mira Ricardel, the former deputy national security adviser, described the attacks in Iraq as "an act of war", and said that the United States needed to respond accordingly. "People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran".

"The Department of Defense is a planning organization and provides the president military options for a variety of threats", Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told AFP.

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I have done well in New Zealand recently. "For that, I will have to make good every opportunity that is given to me", he said. Young Punjab batsman Shubman Gill has been roped in for the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and has replaced KL Rahul .

Police fire tear gas at Khartoum protesters; rally in Darfur region
At least 22 people, including two security personnel, have been killed during the protests and hundreds wounded, officials say. A constitutional amendment proposed this month would allow him to retain his position past the end of his term in 2020.

Stocks boosted by US-China trade hope, oil prices soar
Hong Kong's Hang Seng recovered to edge 0.1 percent higher, to 26,492.61, while the Shanghai Composite index was flat at 2,545.37. It was the first time that Brent and WTI had seen nine days of consecutive price increases since 2007 and 2010 respectively.

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

The US blamed Iran for the attack, despite Tehran's categorical denial.

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

In it, he said: "To Iranian President Rouhani: never, ever, threatens the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before".

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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