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National Security Council asked for military options to strike Iran, report says

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John Bolton asks for plans to attack Iran

President Donald Trump's National Security Council asked for military options on striking Iran in response to that country's support of insurgents in Iraq, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The NSC, under national security adviser John Bolton, made the request after militants aligned with Iran fired three mortar rounds into the diplomatic section of Baghdad, which includes the U.S. embassy, according to the report. The mortars landed in a vacant lot and no one was injured.

The Journal reported that the Pentagon developed plans for a strike on Iran in response to the NSC request, but it is unclear if those plans were shared with the White House or with Trump.

Unnamed sources told the Journal that the request raised alarm within the Defense Department and the State Department.



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