TRUMP stopped 10 – minutes short of authorise military attack on Iran in the absence of Secretary of Defence

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An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, in an undated photo released by the Air Force.Bobbi Zapka / U.S. Air Force/Reuters file

Trump says he was ‘cocked & loaded’ to attack Iran, but called off strikes 10 minutes before||CRIMSON TAZVINZWA|

US President Trump confirmed Friday that he was “cocked and loaded” to strike Iranian targets but deemed the loss of life would be disproportionate to the downing of a U.S. drone.

“On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International waters. We were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on three different sites,” Trump said in a series of tweets.

The tweets appeared to confirm The New York Times and The Washington Post reports Thursday night that said Trump had approved military strikes on Iranian targets but later backed away.

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