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Iran threat sees British Special Forces ‘joining US strike force’ in the Gulf

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British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East as part of a top secret mission to combat any Iranian attacks on merchant ships, it's been reported.

Members of the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) are said to have joined UK registered oil tankers sailing to the Arabian Gulf.

Once there, they will be tasked with monitoring Iranian military activity around the island of Qesham which is home to the country's naval gunboats, claims the Sunday Express.

After the two SBS crews have passed through the Strait of Hormuz  it is reported they will be airlifted off by Royal Navy Merlin helicopters operating out of Oman.

When the Sun Online contacted the Ministry of Defence about the reports a spokesman said they never comment about the special forces.

The alleged military move comes as the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group arrived for patrols in the Arabian Sea.

America has already deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Arabian Gulf to counter alleged, still-unspecified threats from Tehran.

And the US is planning to deploy as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces, a bombshell report claimed this week.

Trump campaigned on avoiding overseas conflicts, but also on taking a tougher line on Iran and pulling out of the nuclear deal - which he did after taking office.

The paper quotes a senior administration official as saying Trump is growing angry with what he sees as warlike planning that is getting ahead of his own thinking.

Quoting several US officials, the paper now reports Trump prefers a diplomatic approach to resolving mounting tensions in the Middle East and wants to speak directly with Iran's leaders.

“He is not comfortable with all this ‘regime change’ talk,” which to his ears echoes the discussion of removing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein before the 2003 US invasion."

However, the president is willing to respond with force if there are American deaths or a dramatic escalation, the official said.

John Bolton, his hardline national security adviser, is a known "hawk" in the foreign policy community and has long pushed for regime change in Iran.

Last Modified: Monday، 20 May 2019 02:11 PM