NY Times: President Trump Ordered Military Strikes On Iran Then Withdrew Order

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NY Times: President Trump Ordered Military Strikes On Iran Then Withdrew Order

The newspaper reports the president gave the order to stand down as planes and ships were in firing position.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Trump reportedly approved military strikes against Iran, but called them off at the last minute. 

According to the New York Times, the operation in retaliation for shooting down a U.S. drone was already in the early stages when Trump pulled back. 

The Times says Trump gave the word to stand down as planes were in the air and ships in firing position. The strikes were set to target Iranian radar sites and missile batteries before dawn today. 

It's unclear whether the strikes will go forward in the future. Tehran claims that the drone that was shot down was flying in Iranian airspace, but the U.S denies that, instead saying it was flying in international airspace. 

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted that "there is no justification" for escalating tensions with Iran.

"Donald Trump promised to bring our troops home. Instead he has pulled out of a deal that was working and instigated another unnecessary conflict," she wrote. "There is no justification for further escalating this crisis -- we need to step back from the brink of war."

(PHOTO: WISH-TV)

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