NY Times report that Trump approved military strikes against Iran but pulled back
President Trump approved military strikes against Iran
- in retaliation for shooting down an American surveillance drone
- Trump pulled back from launching strikes soon after
As late as 7 p.m. Thursday, military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike,
Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said.
Well, that's good. What happens next time though? Rising tensions are not going away.