- 16 Jan
By Edward Carney
It was widely reported on Monday that new information had come to light indicating that the White House National Security Council had previously asked the Pentagon to formulate options for a military strike on Iran. The request apparently came in response to an incident last year in which Iran-backed militants fired mortars into the vicinity of the American embassy in Baghdad. Although no one was injured in the attack, it raised new alarms over the growing extent of Iranian influence in the surrounding region, and the prospective consequences for Western interests.