Military Action Explored Against Iran After September Baghdad Mortar Attack

Pentagon officials ‘rattled’ by Trump White House request for military options to attack Iran: report

Alongside the requests in regards to Iran, the NSC asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with options to respond with strikes in Iraq and Syria as well, according to people familiar with the talks, the WSJ said.

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

The Pentagon has agreed to lay out options for hitting Iran at the request by US National Security Adviser John Bolton, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a former senior presidential administration employee. The newspaper reported that the request sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials.

While it is unclear if the proposals were eventually sent to the White House or if the president knew of the plans, Bolton's request anxious many in the Pentagon and the State Department concerned with the more hawkish approach toward Tehran.

The decision was prompted by three mortars being fired into a diplomatic quarter in Baghdad in September, the newspaper said. 'People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran'. The shells-launched by a group aligned with Iran-landed in an open lot and harmed no one.

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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".

Bolton, well-known for his past cries to attack Iran, has made clear to other administration officials "that he personally supports regime change in Iran", the Journal reported.

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

Tension between the U.S. and Iran has been slowly building throughout Trump's presidency.

State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo did not comment on the story when asked about it by reporters and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment. What worries the Pentagon is that Iran is capable of hitting US facilities throughout the Middle East.

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