White House Requested Set of Options to Hit Iran – Reports

Middle East

Following revelations of Israel’s strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, it became known that Washington had also mulled over plans to attack Iran after three mortar shells landed in Baghdad’s diplomatic quarter near the US Embassy in September 2018. The US blamed Iran for the attack, despite Tehran’s categorical denial.

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 outlet points out that it remains unclear whether the US president was aware of this, but said that the White House had mulled a military attack on Iran after three mortar shells struck the diplomat quarter in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, near the US Embassy in September 2018.

While no one was wounded in the incident, it angered the US.

“It definitely rattled people. People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran”, former US high-ranking official told The WSJ.

The attack on the green zone in Baghdad escalated growing tensions between the US and Iran over Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and slapping Tehran with new sanctions. The US blamed Iran-aligned militants for the incident, although there were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

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