Outgoing acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan carries a document labeled secret as he arrives for a meeting with President Donald Trump about Iran at the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Source: US Prepared Iran Attack, Then Withdrew

Approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched.

June 21, 2019 - 1:18 am
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By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press

A U.S. official says the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn before the attacks were launched.

The official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, says the targets would have included radars and missile batteries.

The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had approved the strikes, but then called them off. The newspaper cited anonymous senior administration officials.

The White House on Thursday night declined requests for information about whether Trump changed his mind.

Trump spent most of Thursday discussing Iran strategy with top national security advisers and congressional leaders. Asked earlier in the day about a U.S. response to the attack, he said, "You'll soon find out."