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Britain's Royal Navy is sending two minesweepers to the Persian Gulf, beefing up an allied effort to thwart Iran's growing power in the region, according to the Times of London.
The United States increased pressure on Iran recently, seizing its agents in two cities in Iraq. They were accused of supporting militant Iraqi groups, a charge that Iran denies. That sort of behavior is what prompted the United States to beef up its presence in the Gulf, adding two aircraft carrier groups and an air defense battalion.
Two British mine hunters arrived in the Gulf to reinforce a British Royal Navy frigate on patrol in the area.
U.S. Navy nuclear submarines maintaining vigil off the coast of Iran indicate that the Pentagon’s military plans include not only control over navigation in the Persian Gulf but also strikes against Iranian targets, a former commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Eduard Baltin has told the Interfax news agency.
“The presence of U.S. nuclear submarines in the Persian Gulf region means that the Pentagon has not abandoned plans for surprise strikes against nuclear targets in Iran. With this aim a group of multi-purpose submarines ready to accomplish the task is located in the area,” Admiral Baltin said.
He made the comments after reports that a U.S. submarine collided with a Japanese tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
Originally posted by Mdv2
Apparently, the time has come for a huge war in the Middle East, or rather a world without a Middle East.
[edit on 16-1-2007 by Mdv2]
Originally posted by SenHeathen
This is just a show of force by the US and Uk and/or they are preparing to allow Israel to hit Iran.
Niether the US or Uk can afford to go to war with Iran; and mean that in financial terms and political terms.