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Trump says that military was 'cocked & loaded' for Iran retaliation before he chose to stand down

Posted at 7:24 AM, Jun 21, 2019

A military operation to strike Iran in retaliation for the downing of a US drone was set to begin Thursday night when the White House called it off, a US official with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN.

The US military targets were a limited set of Iranian radars and missile batteries, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

No US weapons had been launched when the decision was made to call it off.

President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that the military was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate, but chose to stand down.

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