Trump approved strikes on Iran but pulled back: Reports

(Al Jazeera) – US President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching attacks, US media reports said on Friday.

Citing senior White House officials, The New York Times reported an operation sanctioned by Trump to launch attacks on a “handful of Iranian targets” – including radar and missile batteries – was “in its early stages” on Thursday evening when the US leader changed tack and called it off.

Planes were in the air and ships were in position when the order to stand down came, the Times cited one unidentified administration official as saying.

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