[size=41]Trump backs off Iran strike "suddenly"
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The New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump had agreed to a plan to strike Iranian targets and then abruptly dropped implementation.Tensions between Iran and the United States rose dramatically on Thursday after Iran dropped a US reconnaissance plane as the world waited for Washington's response to what Trump called "the grave error" of the Iranian regime.
"As of 7 pm on Thursday, military officials and diplomats were expecting an American strike, after intensive talks in the White House between senior national security officials and congressional leaders," the paper said.
The newspaper pointed out that President Trump initially agreed to carry out attacks against a range of Iranian targets, including radars and rocket launch sites.
"But the strike was abruptly canceled in the evening, the strike that would have been Trump's third military action against targets in the Middle East after two strikes in Syria in 2017 and 2018," she said.
The New York Times said it was "not clear whether the decision to launch attacks on Iran is still in place."
The US military revealed that Iran had shot down its marching aircraft while it was flying at a high altitude in airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, about 34 km from the nearest landline on the Iranian coast.
"You will know soon," the US president said in response to a question about his country's response to Iran's downing of an American rally.
"Iran has made a huge mistake, and the American aircraft was in the international airspace, and we have documented it," he said.