The Americans were already on Thursday attacking targets in Iran when the White House decided to withdraw the military action. The New York Times reports this based on information from official sources in the White House.
The newspaper writes that US President Donald Trump had already agreed to a military attack in retaliation for the downing of a US military drone by Iran earlier this week. The intention was to bombard certain targets such as launchers and radar stations, The New York Times quoted some senior officials who were present at the White House security consultations.
Fighter planes were already en route, while US Navy ships were in attack position when the government decided to withdraw the attack. It is not known whether the planned attacks on Iran will be carried out later, according to a source in The New York Times. It is also not known whether Trump changed his mind or whether the withdrawal of the attack is part of the strategy.
Earlier in the day, Trump downplayed the attack by calling the drone down as the
“action of a stupid individual. I can imagine it was a general or someone who made a mistake. I find it hard to believe that it was intentional. “
If the attack had continued, it would have been the third military action during Trump’s term of office following previous attacks in Syria in 2017 and 2018.
The White House declined to comment, the newspaper reports.