National Security Council Asked Pentagon For Iran Strike Options Last Year

The US embassy in Baghdad Iraq seen from across the Tigris river

A Pentagon spokesman did not have any immediate comment on the story and the White House and National Security Council could not be immediately reached.

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

The request by the National Security Council (NSC), which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday, citing current and former USA officials.

The request by the National Security Council, which is led by John Bolton, sparked deep concern among Pentagon and State Department officials, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials. According to the Wall Street Journal, the request was made after several shells landed in Baghdad's green zone, near the United States embassy last September.

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 request, which hasn't been previously reported, generated concern at the Pentagon and State Department, current and former USA officials say". 'People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran'.

Although the Defense Department did develop proposals for a possible strike, the Journal said it was unclear whether they were shared with the White House.

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

Garrett Marquis, speaking for the National Security Council responded to the report by stating it 'coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats'.

He has worked with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in implementing a more hardline approach to Iran since taking office.

The statement added: "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".

National Security Advisor John Bolton, a known Iran hawk, has pressed for regime change in the Islamic republic.

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