The United States on Friday rejected the saying that it was preparing for military action against Iran and Syria.
"I want to address kind of a rumor, an urban legend that's going around," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.
Snow said What U.S. President George W. Bush talked about in his Wednesday speech on Iraq strategy is "defending American forces within Iraq."
Snow insisted that the U.S. was still focusing on diplomatic means against Iran over its nuclear program.
Announcing his revised Iraq strategy, Bush accused Tehran and Damascus of allowing use of their territory for launching attacks inside Iraq, and vowed to "interrupt the flow of support."
Washington, joined by other Western powers, accused Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusation, and vowed to defend its nuclear technology for civilian power generation.