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President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on Iran late Thursday, but reversed his decision after a plan was already underway, according to sources familiar with the matter. The reversal was against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. A senior level administration source briefed on the plan says it would have escalated the situation quickly had it been carried out. Officials feared the attack could have caused hundreds of civilian casualties.
The President took to Twitter to explain is reasons for canceling the attack.
The President deserves praise for his restraint. While tensions are high with the Arab power, any attack could lead to a major global conflict. Decisions that will live on in the history books should be made after all the facts are in.