The request from the council, which is led by nationwide security adviser John Bolton, got here after an assault in September on the US Embassy in Baghdad by a militant group aligned with Iran, based on the Journal.
According to the paper, Mira Ricardel, the previous deputy nationwide security adviser, described the assaults in Iraq as “an act of warfare,” and stated that the US wanted to reply accordingly.
The request was met with concern by each the Pentagon and the State Department, based on the Journal, with one former administration official telling the paper that individuals have been “shocked” by the request.
A senior administration official instructed CNN on Sunday that it is not correct to say the Pentagon and State Department have been caught off guard by the request, however wouldn’t affirm every other particulars from the Journal’s report.
Although the Pentagon obeyed the request by the council, the Journal reported, it’s unknown whether or not or not the plans for putting Iran have been ever totally developed and even supplied to the White House. The Journal additionally stated that it’s unknown whether or not President Donald Trump had data of the request.
In a press release supplied to CNN on Sunday, Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the council, stated that it “coordinates policy and gives the President with choices to anticipate and reply to quite a lot of threats.”
“We proceed to assessment the standing of our personnel following tried assaults on our embassy in Baghdad and our Basra consulate, and we are going to take into account a full vary of choices to protect their security and our pursuits,” the assertion learn. Marquis additionally supplied the Journal with the identical response.
The Journal, citing conversations with folks aware of the talks, additionally reported that the council requested choices for launching strikes at each Iraq and Syria after they made the request for Iran.