Breaking news: War with Iran averted at the last moment

Having approved military strikes against Iran this morning (21st June) in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned $130 million surveillance drone, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled back from launching the attacks at the last moment, according to the New York Times. 

Trump had initially approved strikes on a handful of targets such as radar and missile batteries, the NYT cited senior administration officials as saying.

The strikes were set to take place just before dawn in order to minimise risk of civilian casualties. 

Military aircraft were in the air and warships were in position, but no missiles were fired, as Trump gave the order to stand down.

EU Today has been informed that the order to go still stands, and that the attacks can, if deemed necessary, still take place at a moment's notice.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today. 

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

Gary's latest book WANTED MAN: THE STORY OF MUKHTAR ABLYAZOV: A Manual for Criminals on How to Avoid Punishment in the EU is currently available from Amazon

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