Britain has sent two warships to the Persian Gulf in the wake of the US drone strike on Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani amid fears of escalating conflict. HMS Montrose and HMS Defender, a Type 23 frigate and a Type 45 destroyer, will be accompanying British ships to ‘take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens’. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace ordered the warships to the Strait of Hormuz to ensure the British-flagged ships make it through the perilous region safely. Around 50 members of the SAS are also heading to the Middle East tonight to help with a potential evacuation of Britons. British troops could be vulnerable as many are stationed alongside their US counterparts and could be in one of the 35 targets identified by Iran for retaliatory strikes. Tomorrow, Boris Johnson will fly back to the UK from his holiday in Mustique as he faces the biggest test of his diplomacy in his premiership so far. Mr Johnson was not warned of the drone strike, unlike Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and he gave a four-letter response upon first learning of the news. Amid rising anger among Ministers over America’s failure to give the UK warning, US… Read full this story
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