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White House sought military strike against Iran

AFP  |  Washington 

The demanded that the military draft plans for strikes on after attacks in last year, sparking concern at the and State Department, has reported.

The report said the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the diplomatic quarters home to the in September. No one was hurt by the shells, which landed in an open lot.

But the National Security Council (NSC) sought to develop a forceful American response to the low-scale attack, including options for a strike against the Islamic republic, the Journal reported on Sunday.

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

"It definitely rattled people," a former senior told the newspaper. "People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting " Although the Defense Department did develop proposals for a possible strike, the Journal said it was unclear whether they were shared with the

In one NSC meeting, then deputy called the attacks in an "act of war" and called for a decisive US response.

officials stressed that it was not unusual for the Defense Department to draw up military plans for the White House.

"The is a planning organization and provides the military options for a variety of threats," Rob Manning, a spokesman, told AFP.

He said the Pentagon's activities include "routinely reviewing and updating plans and activities to deal with a host of threats, including those posed by Iran, to deter and, if necessary, to respond to aggression." Asked about the report during his trip, US declined comment.

After the attack in Baghdad, the White House warned that "the will hold the regime in accountable for any attack that results in to our personnel or damage to government facilities." "will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives," it added.

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

He penned a 2015 opinion piece prior to his current role titled "To stop Iran's bomb, bomb Iran.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 09:00 IST