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US NewsBritain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers

02:10  16 june  2019
02:10  16 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Jeremy Hunt warns Iran of 'unintended but catastrophic' consequences over attacks on Gulf tankers as he backs America's claim that Iran is responsible

Jeremy Hunt warns Iran of 'unintended but catastrophic' consequences over attacks on Gulf tankers as he backs America's claim that Iran is responsible Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Britain is currently backing the US in its assessment that Iran is responsible for the suspected oil tanker attacks and warned of a 'very dangerous situation'.  Downing Street earlier called the suspected attacks 'completely unacceptable' Iran rejected accusations by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was responsible based on intelligence and the expertise needed to carry out the operation.

SAFETY: Royal Marines have been deployed to the Gulf to protect British ships from attack (Pic: PA). The move comes as Iranian special forces are High tensions in the Middle East got worse after America released a video showing what they say is the Iranian Revolutionary Guard removing an

SAFETY: Royal Marines have been deployed to the Gulf to protect British ships from attack (Pic: PA). The move comes as Iranian special forces are The Royal Marines will be tasked with keeping British ships safe, using surveillance equipment to search the open sea for fast Iranian attack craft.

Britain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers © Getty A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian News Agency ISNA on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows fire and smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. - Suspected attacks left two tankers in flames in the waters of the Gulf of Oman today, sending world oil prices soaring as Iran helped rescue stricken crew members. The mystery incident, the second involving shipping in the strategic sea lane in only a few weeks, came amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over earlier tanker attacks in May. (Photo by - / ISNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

The Navy will dispatch 100 Royal Marines to the Gulf to guard British ships after Iran attacked two oil tankers, raising the threat of war.

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U.S. sending 1,000 more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions The move comes just days after the attacks on two oil tankers in one of the world's most important shipping routes , which the U.S. says were carried out by Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Last week, the Pentagon released footage purporting to show an Iranian vessel affixing an unexploded mine to one of the ships. On Monday, the military released new photos of the aftermath, including an image showing a gaping hole in the side of one of the tankers. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The side of an oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13, 2019.

US claims Iran is behind attack on two tankers near Persian Gulf . Iranian search and rescue teams picked up 44 sailors from the two damaged tankers and took them to the Iranian port of Jask, Iranian media reported. Royal Marines deployed to Gulf to protect UK ships after tanker attack .

Royal Marines will be sent to the GulfRoyal Navy . In the warm blue waters of the Strait of Hormuz Its shipping lanes, which are only two miles wide, are packed with tankers carrying crude oil from the Gulf This week America blamed Tehran for attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, on the

The US blamed Iran for the attacks with limpet charge mines in the busy shipping lanes in the Gulf of Oman, amid flaring tensions with the isolationist state.

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said London had concluded Iran was 'almost certainly' responsible for Thursday's tanker attacks.

The Marine's will protect against small vessels, mines and naval missiles which might be targeted at Royal Navy boats or British merchant ships, The Times reported.

The US military is building a case against Iran with clearer images from the latest tanker attacks

The US military is building a case against Iran with clearer images from the latest tanker attacks The US military just released nearly a dozen photos that it alleges point to Iran's culpability in the latest tanker attacks.

THE US Firth Fleet have scrambled after a pair of oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, with explosions heard and a The US Fifth Fleet says they received distress calls from two ships and the incident led to the UK maritime group urging "extreme caution" in the region after the "unspecified

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Donald Trump has said the oil tanker attacks had Iran 'written all over it', rejecting Tehran's vehement denial.

Attacks on tankers have brought chilling echoes of the 1980s Tanker War which resulted in a one-day naval battle between the US and Iran.

Britain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A diagram showing the U.S. and Iranian forces in the region and the location of recent attacks on oil tankers and a Saudi oil pipeline, which have escalated Middle East tensions The US military on Friday released grainy footage it said showed an Iranian patrol boat removing an 'unexploded limpet mine' from one of the tankers.

Britain has backed the United States in blaming Iran for the tanker attacks and on Saturday, Iran summoned the British ambassador to complain about its 'unacceptable stance,' ISNA news agency reported.

'Rob Macaire, Britain's ambassador to Tehran, was summoned to the foreign affairs ministry... following the false remarks made by the British foreign affairs minister,' the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

Mines used in tanker attacks 'strikingly' like Iran's, US says

Mines used in tanker attacks 'strikingly' like Iran's, US says Pieces of mines recovered after attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman "strikingly" resemble Iranian mines, the US navy has said. Officials showed what they described as evidence recovered from the tanker Kokuka Courageous to reporters at the US navy's 5th Fleet base near Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates.

The Royal Navy ’ s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message. We are ready to deploy The Royal Navy is a fighting force. If diplomacy fails, we do what it takes to protect our nation’ s Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October

Thursday’ s attack came one month after Iranian forces allegedly used naval mines to blow holes in two oil tankers and two smaller ships off the While Iran ’ s civilian government denies responsibility for any of the attacks , it is possible that the Revolutionary Guard, who answer directly to the supreme

Britain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Royal Marines Commandos - including the 42 Commando unit being dispatched to the Gulf - taking part in arduous training exercises in Plymouth recently Other nations have urged caution. Germany said the video was not enough to prove Iran's role, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigation to determine responsibility.

China and the European Union called for restraint.

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Britain should 'ease tensions' and 'not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement.'

Hunt trashed his notion that the UK lacked 'credible evidence,' and branded Corbyn 'pathetic' for his 'virulent anti-Americanism.'

Britain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Royal Marines elite commandos (pictured in training recently off Plymouth) will be tasked with protecting British merchant boats, as well as naval vessels in the Gulf In a statement, the Foreign Office said 'no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible' for the incident.

Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone

Iran says Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a U.S. drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal . The U.S. military declined to immediately comment. Video: US Goes Public With Evidence Iran Is Behind Tanker Attacks (Newsy) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_775c23b4-1c8e-4848-8dc5-013fd160db49").all(); }); The reported shootdown of the RQ-4 Global Hawk comes after the U.S.

The source’ s revelation comes after two oil tankers were reportedly attacked by Iran in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. The US revealed it had sent one of its guided missile destroyers, the USS Mason, to around where Royal Marines deployed to Gulf to protect UK ships after tanker attack .

The UK is prepared to assist in any rescue effort or investigation over the "completely unacceptable" suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of An alert urging "extreme caution" was issued by the Royal Navy -run United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations following reports of explosions.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to block the Hormuz Strait, a narrow seaway vital to the world's oil supplies, in the event of a conflict with the US.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the US had 'immediately jumped to make allegations against Iran without a shred of factual or circumstantial evidence.'

The US has also accused Iran over May 12 sabotage attacks on four tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman off Fujairah.

Britain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited President Donald Trump on Friday charged Iran with attacking oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and warned Tehran their actions will not be taken lightly. 'Iran did do it,' Trump said on 'Fox & Friends' when he called in to the morning show for an interview UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigation.

'It's very important to know the truth (and) that responsibilities are clarified,' he told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.

'Obviously that can only be done if there is an independent entity that verifies those facts.'

The oil tankers hit Thursday morning were 10 nautical miles apart and heading for Asia when they were struck by explosions after passing through the Strait of Hormuz, some 25 nautical miles off Iran's southern coast.

Trump says 'Iran made a very big mistake' after US confirms American drone shot down

Trump says 'Iran made a very big mistake' after US confirms American drone shot down President Trump said Thursday Iran had made a "very big mistake" in the shootdown of a American drone the U.S. military says was flying in international airspace.

The United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that drove up oil prices and raised concerns about a new U. S .- Iranian Crude oil prices spiked more than 4% after the attacks near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial shipping artery for Saudi

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boat then pulled alongside the ship and removed the mine, according to the command' s spokesman Captain Bill Urban. Captain Urban also said: "The US and the international community stand ready to defend our interests, including the freedom of navigation.

Britain's Royal Navy sends 100 Marines to the Gulf to protect UK ships after Iranian attacks on tankers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Smoke pours from the Norwegian-owned oil tanker on Thursday after it was hit by an explosion near the UAE and Iran in an apparent attack which has put the Middle East on high alert The Front Altair was carrying naphtha, a refined petroleum product, when it was hit by three explosions, according to Norwegian officials.

Blocking the Hormuz Strait would be a relatively low-tech, high-impact countermeasure Iran could take against any attack by the United States, and would severely disrupt global oil supplies.

But Mr Trump played down the threat.

It's not going to be closed, it's not going to be closed for long and they know it. They've been told in very strong terms,' he said on Friday, referring to Iran.

Timeline: Escalation in the Gulf region

May 5: The U.S. says it is sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group and a bomber task force to the Middle East because of a 'credible threat' from Iran.

Since then Washington has announced the dispatch to the region of an amphibious assault ship, a Patriot missile battery and an extra 1,500 troops.

May 8: Iran vows to enrich its uranium stockpile closer to weapons-grade levels starting July 7 if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its nuclear deal.

The U.S. responds by imposing fresh sanctions on Iran's steel and mining sectors.

May 12: Two Saudi oil tankers and two other ships are damaged in mysterious 'sabotage attacks' off the coast of Fujairah, part of the United Arab Emirates.

Washington believes Iran is to blame for the attacks, but Tehran denies involvement.

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Airlines reroute flights near Iranian strait but Dublin-Gulf flights remain unaffected Airlines reroute flights near Iranian strait but Dublin-Gulf flights remain unaffected

Media reports said a tanker in the Gulf of Oman had sent a distress signal after being attacked and was on fire, while United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, an arm of the Royal Navy , said it was investigating the incident US Navy ships are racing to the two stricken tankers to help, as the

The Royal Navy is the principal naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. As of November 2018, there are 74 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy .

May 14: Yemen's pro-Iranian Huthi rebels carry out drone attacks near Riyadh, shutting down a key Saudi oil pipeline.

Two days later Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa.

The next day the U.S. orders all non-emergency diplomats to leave Iraq, due to an 'imminent' threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias.

May 19: Trump warns that if Iran attacks American interests 'that will be the official end of Iran'.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the 'genocidal taunts' of U.S. Trump will not 'end Iran'.

May 27: Trump says the U.S. is 'not looking for regime change' in Iran.

May 30: Saudi Arabia - which accuses Iran of being behind the acts of sabotage and the drone attack in May - gets the backing of Arab leaders in its standoff with Tehran at summits organised by Riyadh.

Iran accuses Riyadh of 'sowing division'.

June 6: The UAE says a multinational investigation into the sabotage attacks point to the likelihood a state was behind them, without incriminating Iran.

June 12: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Tehran in a bid to mediate between Washington and Tehran.

A Yemeni rebel missile attack on an airport at Abha, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, wounds 26 civilians. The Saudis accuse Iran of supplying the weapon.

June 13: Two tankers, Norwegian and Japanese, are hit by explosions in apparent attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet says that it received two separate distress calls from the tankers in a 'reported attack'.

Foreign Minister Zarif says the tanker 'attacks' as Abe visits are 'suspicious'.

Mr Abe meets Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who tells him: 'I don't consider Trump as a person worthy of exchanging messages with. I have no response for him and will not answer him.'

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Iran says latest US sanctions ends ‘channel of diplomacy forever’.
A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a tweet Tuesday that the new U.S. sanctions that target Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other officials close any channel for diplomacy between the two countries "forever." The U.S. and Iran have seen tensions increase exponentially in the past few weeks after an initial U.S. sanctions squeeze that Washington said led to the attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. The situation became increasingly dire last week after Tehran admitted to downing a $100 million U.S. Navy drone.

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