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White House asked Pentagon for Iran strike plans

White House asked Pentagon for Iran strike plans

A Iran Air Force F-7 Airguard in Vahdati Airbase Air Show.

John Bolton, the national security adviser, called a series of meetings after the attack - which one of Tehran's proxy militias in Iraq claimed responsibility for - and is believed to have asked the Pentagon to draw up options for bombing Iran.

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The White House asked for military strike options against Iran past year in a request that startled the Pentagon and the State Department.

It added that the NSC also requested options to respond with strikes in Iraq and Syria.

An unnamed "former senior US administration official" said the request "definitely rattled people".

He added: "Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitised to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence overseas, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses". The Journal reported that it wasn't clear whether Trump knew about, or was provided with, the plans for potential military strikes.

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In one meeting, Bolton's then deputy Mira Ricardel, who was forced out of her job in November after a feud with First Lady Melania Trump, described the attacks in Iraq as "an act of war" and said the U.S. had to respond decisively, according to one person familiar with the meeting.

"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.

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.

After the attack in Baghdad, the White House warned that "the United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States government facilities".

Previously Mr Bolton has advocated for military strikes against Iran.

As a think tank scholar and Fox News commentator, Bolton often urged Washington to attack Iran, including in a 2015 New York Times op-ed titled: "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran".