- White House Planning ‘Massive’ Tactical Strike Against Iran – Reports
Countries around the world have expressed concerns over Washington’s plans to deploy an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East on top of the already considerable presence stationed there following last week’s apparent sabotage attacks against two oil tankers off Iran’s coast.
The United States is planning to carry out a “massive” tactical attack on an Iranian target, a Western diplomat at the UN headquarters in New York has told Israel’s Maariv newspaper. “The bombing will be massive but will be limited to a specific target,” the anonymous source said, without specifying exactly what type of target this might be.
In its coverage of the story, The Jerusalem Post suggested that the attack may target a facility linked to Iran’s nuclear programme. According to Maariv’s sources, the White House has discussed the option of military action against Iran at length, with President Trump himself unenthusiastic about the prospects of strike, but ‘losing patience’ and allowing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has made more hawkish statements on the matter, to push forward with his preferred policies.
High-level discussions on possible military options involved senior commanders, Pentagon officials and advisers to the president, according to the anonymous officials.