British special forces join US strike group against Iran

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British Special Forces have flown to the Middle East in the framework of a top-secret mission to rebuff possible Iranian attacks on merchant ships, according to The Sun.
Members of the elite Special Boat Service are reported to have joined UK registered oil tankers heading towards the Persian Gulf, subsequently to be tasked with monitoring Iranian military activity in the vicinity of Qesham Island, home to the country’s naval gunboats, the paper reports.
Once the two SBS crews have passed through the Strait of Hormuz, reports claim Royal Navy Merlin helicopters operating out of Oman will airlift them off the vessels.
The UK Ministry of Defence declined to respond when contacted by The Sun Online, with a spokesman stating they never comment about the Special Forces.
The alleged military move comes shortly after the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group arrived for patrols in the Arabian Sea.
The US has already deployed the aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran, with the US planning to deploy as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces, a report claimed this week.
However, US President Donald Trump is said to be increasingly favoring direct talk with Tehran as the best way forward, in a bid to comply with his long-standing pledge to withdraw the US from costly foreign wars, reports Washington Post.
Trump had campaigned on avoiding overseas conflicts, but also on taking a tougher line on Iran.
The Washington Post quoted a senior administration official as saying the US President is growing frustrated with what he sees as warlike planning generated by hawkish advisers.
UK Armed Forces deployed and ready to deter Iran, says defence secretary

* * * Royal Navy Special Forces have already 'joined US strike group'
The UK's Armed Force are already deployed in the Persian gulf and are ready to help its allies "if the balloon goes up" over Iran, the Defence Secretary has said.
Penny Mordaunt's comments come amid reports Royal Navy Special Forces have already joined a US strike group in the Persian gulf.
In relation to Iran, Tory MP Philip Hollobone (Kettering) asked Penny Mordaunt "if the balloon goes up, are we ready and will we help our allies?"
In her first outing at the despatch box as Defence Secretary, Ms Mordaunt said: "Yes, we are, and we are already deployed in the region.
"This is a region where we have a huge stake and a huge amount invested and we are working with our allies and partners to firstly try and de-escalate things in the region but also to truly understand the facts behind recent events."
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