The request from the council, John Bolton, arrived at the US embassy in Baghdad by a militant group in September, according to the Journal.
According to the paper, Mira Ricardel, the former National Security Advisor, described the attacks in Iraq as "an act of war," and said that the US needed to respond accordingly.
The request was met with concern by both the Pentagon and the State Department, according to the Journal.
A senior administration official told CNN on Sunday that it was not accurate to say the Pentagon and State Department were caught by the request, but would not confirm any other details from the Journal's report.
Although the Pentagon obeyed the Iran were always fully developed or even provided for the White House. The Journal also said that it was unknown. President Donald Trump had knowledge of the request.
In a statement provided to CNN on Sunday, Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the council, said that "coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats."
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"The statement read. We are looking forward to reviewing the status of our attempts at our embassy in Baghdad and our Basra consulate. Marquis also provided the journal with the same response.
The Journal, citing conversations with people familiar with the talks, thus reported that the Council requested options for launching strikes at both Iraq and Syria when they made the request for Iran.