President Trump reportedly gave the order to bomb Iran on Thursday night in response to its alleged downing of a US drone — even going so far as to put planes in the air and ships in position to strike — before eventually changing his mind, officials say.
The retaliation mission was ordered up earlier the day, according to the New York Times, and was still in the progress of being carried out as of 7 p.m., the newspaper reports.
Multiple senior officials, speaking under the condition of anonymity, said the president was prepared to attack a number of Iranian targets, including radar and missile batteries.
However, he eventually gave the word to stand down — with sources telling the Times that he chose to pull the US military forces he had positioned in the region back, though it’s unclear why.
The White House did not comment on Thursday night when reached by the newspaper, nor did Pentagon officials.
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