White House reviewing military options for Iran: Report

President Donald Trump issued a warning to Iran, saying in part, "If they do anything, they will suffer greatly."
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The latest on a cover confrontation with Iran. New reports that the administration is reviewing military options including a plan to send 120,000 U.S. Troops to the region if Iran attacks U.S. Interests. As president trump issued this warning -- We'll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything it would be a very bad mistake if they do anything. I'm hearing little stories about Iran, if they do anything, they will suffer greatly. We'll see what happens with Iran. Reporter: Our chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz tracking this. Tough words from the president but for years he's been pushing to get troops out of the middle Reporter: He has but there are mixed messages coming out of the administration. According to "The New York Times" it was national security adviser John Bolton, a hard-liner who asked that military plans be updated in the event Iran attacked American forces in the region or speeds up its work on nuclear weapons. According to "The times," this plan does call for 10,000 troops to the mideast which rivals the number used in Iraq. But there are always an array of different plans and it is unclear whether president trump had even seen the plans although it seems certain he has read about them now, George. No question about that. It comes on the heels of those attacks, yesterday on tankers, four separate incidents. Reporter: A U.S. Official is telling ABC news the initial assessment by the U.S. Team is that Iran or Iranian proxies placed explosive charges on the four ships blowing a five to ten-foot hole in each of them at or below the water line. This morning the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia retired general John abizaid who 13 intera good deal of time in Iraq says a thorough investigation is needed and the response should be reasonable and short of war, George. Martha Raddatz, thanks very much.

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