Nov 2, 2012
Britain is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf as the confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program continues amid rising tension in the region, Britain’s The Independent reported Friday.
Prime Minister David Cameron is set reach a decision after holding further talks with the rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. An announcement is expected to be made in the near future.
The report noted that Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is currently in London, is “fully aware” and supportive of the discussions.
According to the report, UK military commanders are looking at the possibility of sending British jets to a base in Abu Dhabi which is currently being used by American and French forces as a confidence building measure but also, crucially, in case there are attempts by the Iranians to block the Strait of Hormuz, the waterway through which 40% of the world’s oil supplies are shipped.