But the move did alarm some top-level leaders at the Pentagon and US diplomats at State Department, the Journal reported.
John Bolton, the national security adviser, called a series of meetings after the attack - which one of Tehran's proxy militias in Iraq claimed responsibility for - and is believed to have asked the Pentagon to draw up options for bombing Iran. 'People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran'.
"It definitely rattled people", one former senior United States administration official told the WSJ. Two days later, unidentified militants fired three rockets that hit close to the USA consulate in the southern city of Basra but caused no serious damage.
The request alarmed the Pentagon and State Department, the Journal reported, but the Pentagon complied with the request and developed the options.
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Later Sunday, Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning told CNN that the department "is a planning organization and provides the President military options for a variety of threats; routinely reviewing and updating plans and activities to deal with a host of threats, including those posed by Iran, to deter and, if necessary, to respond to aggression". According to the Wall Street Journal, the request was made after several shells landed in Baghdad's green zone, near the United States embassy last September.
The US blamed Iran-aligned militants for the incident, although there were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.
While Bolton's approach has seen him butt heads with a number of people in Trump's Cabinet - most notably former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - he has found an ally in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Before he took office in April Mr Bolton was known for his...
The Journal reports, "Former U.S. officials said it was unnerving that the National Security Council asked for far-reaching military options to strike Iran in response to attacks that caused little damage and no injuries".
The agreement was aimed at preventing Iran developing nuclear weapons.