Britain to send troops to Gulf today

London plans to send its troops to the Gulf to help protect shipping from "Iranian attacks" after Tehran announced a few days ago that the Revolutionary Guards had seized a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

The British military will be stationed in Bahrain and British troops will be part of the Gulf's maritime protection operation after the latest Iranian attacks, Sky News reported.

Tehran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and taken it to the port of Bandar Abbas on the pretext that it had involved an incident with an Iranian fishing crocodile and had tried to intercept another tanker before, but a British warship thwarted the attempt.

After the arrival of two British warships is expected to send new troops as part of a plan announced by London, to escort and protect ships carrying the British flag, and pass the Strait of Hormuz.

After Iran's seizure of the tanker, which London called a "state piracy" act, Britain is also seeking to set up a European-led naval protection mission to ensure safe sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Between 15 and 30 large British-flagged vessels pass through the Gulf every day, up to three of which run through the Strait of Hormuz, and about one-fifth of world oil exports pass through the strait.


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